PALM BEACH — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is caught in yet another controversy this week as a contribution to her re-election campaign from Palm Beacher Donald Trump are raising conflict-of-interest questions.
The $25,000 from a foundation controlled by Trump to a political committee that supports Bondi came THREE DAYS after a Bondi spokeswoman revealed that her office is reviewing allegations of consumer ripoff leveled against the Trump University, according to the Miami Herald.
The allegations that more than 5,000 consumers who attended Trump’s seminars were unhappy with the results of the $25,000-classes are made in a lawsuit that the State of New York filed against Trump in August.
New York wants the owner of the Mar-a-Lago Club to cough up $40 million in restitution.
Some were made in Florida, too.
Dozens of complaints about Trump, host of NBC‘s Celebrity Apprentice, using his fame to make false promises about the get-rich classes also were brought to the Florida Attorney General’s office in 2008, two years before Bondi was elected.
Bondi’s spokeswoman said she is reviewing the matter now — nearly five years after the first complaints.
In a statement, Trump saluted Bondi’s attitude while slamming New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “Pam Bondi is a fabulous representative of the people — Florida is lucky to have her.
“The case in New York is pure politics brought by an incompetent attorney general, a political hack.”
Bondi’s still reeling from an earlier fundraising scandal in which she pushed Gov. Rick Scott to postpone an execution so that she could hold a fundraiser for herself in Tampa.