Trump Institute—separate from Trump University—is a personal wealth seminar business run not by Donald Trump but by Irene and Mike Milin, who own 93 percent of the company. According to the New York Times, the couple has been offering similar classes since the 1980s and been dogged by government and customer complaints for just as long. They can add one grievance to their list: plagiarism.
Now, the Times has unearthed that at least 20 pages of the Trump Institute handbook were plagiarized from a how-to guide published by Success magazine in 1995 titled "Real Estate Mastery System." Trump Institute had represented the Institute as instructing attendees in Donald Trump's own way to attain wealth in an infomercial.
Susan Parker, editor of the Trump Institute publication, denied any knowledge of the plagiarism and told the Times that she had never spoken to Trump. She said that she had been to a Trump Institute seminar and found nothing of value there. A spokesman for Donald Trump told the Times that the Republican candidate had no knowledge of the stolen material.