In 2010 the office of then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott put together a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Donald Trump’s Trump University. The case was never filed, Trump University got out of Texas and the head of the consumer division that built the case is alleging that the case was dropped for political reasons.
“The decision not to sue him was political,” John Owens, deputy director of the Consumer Protection Division under Abbott, told the Dallas Morning News. “Had [Trump] not been involved in politics to the extent he was at the time, we would have gotten approval. Had he been just some other scam artist, we would have sued him.” Donald Trump later donated $35,000 to Greg Abbott’s successful gubernatorial campaign.
This is not the first time that a donation has been made to an Attorney General that has dropped a fraud case against Trump University. Just three days after a spokesman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi expressed interest in joining with New York’s fraud case, the Donald J. Trump foundation donated $25,000 to a fundraising committee supporting Bondi. The investigation was quietly dropped shortly thereafter. Three days later.