A non-profit that raised millions to back President Donald Trump’s transition will shut down after failing to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs, and a firm owned by a top Trump administration official will pay fines for failing to register as a fundraising organization, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.
KCH & Associates, a firm launched by Katherine (Cam) Henderson, the U.S. State Department’s chief of protocol and a former top aide to Gov. Chris Christie, will pay a $30,000 fine, $27,500 of which is suspended, register with the division and respond to a subpoena the division filed in February 2019.
“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.”
Under the agreement, Trump for America Inc., the non-profit, will disband and pay a fine of $30,000, $27,500 of which is suspended. The organization will have to file a registration statement and other documents with the Division of Consumer Affairs.
The agreement explicitly permits the Division of Consumer Affairs other misconduct by the non-profit.
Henderson signed the consent judgement an Essex County Superior Court judge issued for the case.
Trump for America paid Henderson and KCH & Associates for fundraising activities, but the latter firm had not registered as a fundraising organization.
Grewal sued both organizations for their failure to produce documents in January.
“Ensuring compliance with New Jersey’s charities laws is an essential part of the Division’s mission,” Division of Consumer Affairs acting director Paul Rodríguez said. “We take this responsibility seriously and as this case shows, we will hold organizations accountable for failures to comply with legal requirements designed to protect donors and the public.”
Henderson was the Chief of Protocol in Christie’s office and was chief of staff to First Lady Mary Pat Christie. She was a fundraiser for Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Craig Domalewski, a former Christie assistant counsel and a partner at the former governor’s old law firm, represented Henderson.Grewal-v.-Trump-Consent-Judgment-C-17-20