Real estate developer Moishe Mana, who owns Moishe’s Self Storage and other related businesses, has offered to donate $1 million to a charity of Donald Trump’s choice if the Republican nominee for president will publicly release his tax returns. Trump has refused to release his returns, citing an ongoing audit, according to a source.
Trump has said he’s worth more than $10 billion, but Mana believes he’s worth no more than $300 million. The self-storage owner said the returns will prove Trump isn’t as wealthy as he’s claimed. “Many people voting for him think he’s so rich and charitable,” Mana told a source, “but he’s not as rich as he says, not charitable as much as he says. Not close to it.”
Born in Israel, Mana came to the United States as a dishwasher, he told a source. He started Moishe’s Moving Systems in 1983 with a single van before building the business into one of the largest in the New York area, a source reported. He’s also founder of GRM Document Management, Moishe’s Guarantee Asset Management, Moishe’s Guarantee Wine Storage and Moishe’s Mobile Storage. He’s reportedly invested $198 million in property acquisitions in downtown Miami and is involved in multiple developments in the area.
Although Mana says he’s supported Democrats and Republicans in the past, he’s fully supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He donated $33,400 earlier this year to the Democratic National Committee and has indicated he’ll write a check worth at least $100,000 to Clinton’s campaign within the next month.
Mana told a source he doesn’t expect Trump to take him up on his offer but is willing to increase his donation. “America is worth more than a million dollars for me,” he said. “If he says $2 million, I’ll go $2 million.”
Moishe’s Self Storage operates five facilities in New Jersey and New York.