Veterans Group Rejects 'Political Stunts' From GOP Presidential Candidates Over Charity Funds

Posted: Jan 28, 2016 6:30 PM
After bailing out on the Fox News GOP presidential debate tonight in Des Moines just days before Iowa voters head to caucus, Donald Trump announced he will be hosting an event to raise money for veterans groups. The event will take place at the same time as the debate and CNN plans to cover.

In response to Trump's event, Ted Cruz super PAC Keep the Promise countered with $1.5 million for veterans groups, so long as Trump agrees to debate the Texas Senator one-on-one before voting gets started on Monday. 

Then, candidate Carly Fiorina upped the ante by offering $2 million to veterans if Trump agrees to a debate at Drake University.

Many, including at least one prominent veterans group, saw these moves as cynical political ploys rather than honest efforts to do good for the nation's vets. From Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

Trump has not and likely will not agree to Cruz or Fiorina's offers. The question is whether the money will be donated anyway.

UPDATE: This also happened.