TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Monday he reached a deal with President Donald Trump’s transition committee stemming from a lawsuit alleging the organization failed to properly register in the state.
Trump for America Inc. faces a $30,000 penalty, though $27,500 of it will be suspended, according to a statement from Grewal’s office. Suspended penalties are common in settlements like the one involving Trump for America and help ensure compliance, according to the attorney general’s office.
The organization, which was based in New Jersey as a social welfare organization, will submit a registration statement and additional documents, according to the attorney general’s statement. It’s not clear what those documents are.
If after a year Trump for America Inc. complies with all the terms of the agreement, all but $2,500 of the penalty will be waived.
The agreement stems from a January 2020 lawsuit Grewal filed arguing that Trump for America, which raised millions for the president’s transition, did not register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs.
The suit came after Grewal subpoenaed the organization in February 2019 after determining it had not registered with the division.
“This case should send a message that all are equal before the law, and none are above it,” Grewal said “We expect charitable organizations to comply with New Jersey’s laws, and we expect compliance with our subpoenas. Any organization that fails to comply may be dissolved and face other penalties.”
Grewal also said Trump for America Inc. would cease to exist under the deal.
A message has been left with the president’s campaign seeking a response.
This story was first published on July 13, 2020. It was updated on July 14, 2020, to correct in what way Trump for America Inc. was supporting Donald Trump. Trump for America supported the president’s transition, not the inauguration.
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