One of the biggest scoops this election cycle came from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold. His relentless shoe-leather reporting – and list making – revealed that Donald Trump wasn’t exactly the philanthropist he was claiming to be on the campaign trail. Instead of donating his own money to charity, Trump would give away or spend dollars donated to his foundation by other people. On this episode, David shares his experiences investigating Trump, talks about how he felt the morning after the election and offers tips for journalists covering the president-elect.
Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
Read David Fahrenthold’s investigation into Donald Trump’s charitable giving: “Trump boasts about his philanthropy. But his giving falls short of his words.”
From the Washington Post: “Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows.”
Take a look at David’s legal pad tracking the more than 400 charities he reached out to about Trump’s donations.
Want to know more about how David reported this story? Watch a short video by the Washington Post.
Read “Sinkhole of bureaucracy,” David’s 2014 story on the federal government’s underground paperwork mine.
Follow David on Twitter.
Riley Beggin reported this story. Blake Nelson illustrates our episode artwork. Daniela Vidal is our host. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.
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