By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com October 25 2012 12:25 AM ET
Donald Trump Wednesday unveiled his so-called earth-shattering announcement that was supposed to derail the Obama campaign. In dramatic fashion, the billionaire proposed donating $5 million to a charity of President Obama's choice on the condition that he release his college applications, transcripts, and passport history.
That $5 million bounty would be a lot for The Donald, given that he isn't known for his charitable giving (if that's how one describes this arrangement). The Smoking Gun points out that Trump's foundation has given away $7.7 million during the last 21 years.
Still, Trump had a few suggestions in his video announcement for Obama on how the bounty money could be directed to a list of causes, including AIDS research. Trump's hit NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice has made Trump a lot of money and meanwhile raised millions of dollars over its five seasons for charity, including several thousand dollars for HIV/AIDS charities and organizations. Based on that, we have a few suggestions for potential recipients of that hard-won $5 million check.
Gay Men's Health Crisis | Comedian Lisa Lampanelli isn't a billionaire but managed to raise $133,000 while on Celebrity Apprentice for New York City's top HIV organization.
Magic Johnson Foundation | Talk show legend Arsenio Hall won season 5 of Celebrity Apprentice, raising $522,000 for Magic Johnson's charity. And he did it without demanding anyone's college transcripts.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation | Gene Simmons of Kiss raised $20,000 for this organization that has been helping children and families affected by HIV since 1988. Trump fired him before he could do any more damage.
AIDS Project Los Angeles | La Toya Jackson has been fired twice by Trump on his Apprentice shows but has also raised $65,000 for Los Angeles's leading HIV/AIDS organization.
The Latino Commission on AIDS | 2008's Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza (shown above) defended herself against tenacious teammates, earning $30,000 for her charity.
God's Love We Deliver | Joan Rivers won the second season of Celebrity Apprentice, raising $526,000 for this organization, which provides nourishment for people dealing with chronic diseases.