Was Ivanka Trump’s Charity Coffee Date Canceled Over Ethical Issues?


Professor Benjamin C. Zipursky was quoted in The Forward about the ethical implications of a charity auction, later cancelled, organized by The Eric Trump Foundation, which offered a coffee date with Ivanka Trump to the highest bidder.

“The main issue is not the raising money for a charity,” Benjamin C. Zipursky, a professor at Fordham Law, said in a phone interview. “It’s the giving access to her.”

Zipursky pointed out that it is unethical for Trump to auction off face-to-face time with the highest bidder.

“This is a direct example where someone’s wealth is a determinative of access,” he said.

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