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Veterans: ‘We refuse to be used as political tokens for Donald Trump’

The executive director of a New Hampshire-based veterans charity said that his organization has opposed the use of veterans being used as “political tokens.”

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When Donald Trump refused an invitation to attend the Fox News Republican debate before the Iowa caucus in lieu of a veteran’s fundraiser of his own making, many of his constituents hailed the maneuver.

However, of the 22 veteran organizations chosen to benefit from the multi-million dollar charity, some are refusing the money in fear of becoming puppets in the real estate mogul’s quest to become president.

From the Daily Beast:

It’s an enormous amount of money for a small charity. But Howard said he wouldn’t do it—risking the entire, substantial donation on a point of principle.

“We’re very thankful that the Trump Foundation is donating money, but we’re not going to change what we do in any way for a paycheck.”

Last month, another veterans group refused to take money from the Trump campaign. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which represents over 150,000 veterans, reported to have also refused donations from the Republican front-runner.

According to Gawker, the organisation’s CEO said that they “need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts.”

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