Pence doubles down on call for Clinton to end foundation
Aug 25 2016
The findings underscore the extent to which the Clintons' sprawling global charity has come to rely on financial support from industries and overseas interests, a point that has drawn criticism from Republicans and some liberals who have said the donations represent conflicts of interest for a potential president. Now we hear the Clintons are going to stop fundraising for the Clinton Foundation if she is elected president presumably because that would be a conflict of interest.
The analysis, which examined donor lists posted on the foundation's website, found that 53 percent of the donors who have given $1 million or more to the charity are corporations or foreign citizens, groups or governments. This is someone who had a relationship with the Clintons long before Hillary became secretary of state.who had wanted to provide some insight into a matter.
But the Clintons have denied wrongdoing, noting that they restricted foreign donations to the family foundation when she was in Obama's administration.
"The process of determining the Clinton Foundation's future if Hillary becomes president has not been easy", Clinton wrote. "The foundation is doing an enormous amount of work, and it takes time when you're in a number of countries around the world to retool, refocus the mission and adapt", Mook said.
"Over the last several months, members of the Foundation's senior leadership, Chelsea, and I have evaluated how the Foundation should operate if Hillary is elected", the former president wrote.
The foundation would no longer take corporate or foreign donations, including from foreign governments.
Concerns were raised anew after emails surfaced recently showing that a close aide to Bill Clinton contacted two senior aides of Hillary Clinton's at the State Department, seeking their assistance in helping a donor - Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury - secure a meeting with a USA diplomat in Lebanon.
New emails obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and released Monday show then-Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band asking top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to arrange a meeting with the then-secretary of state for the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. Chelsea Clinton would remain on the board for a transition period. The Boston-based charity, known as CHAI, was begun as part of the larger Clinton Foundation but is now separate. For instance, a ban on foreign donations could get in the way of the foundation's long reliance on Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate who has committed more than $100 million and sits on the board of directors. Corporate charities will also be barred from giving to the foundation. "While my role in that work will change, the work itself should continue because so many people are committed to it and so many more are relying on it". But questions persist about the level of influence foundation donors had at the State Department.
"The State Department at every step was following all the appropriate protocols". If questions arose, the agreement allowed for the White House to weigh in. "I believe, as do many others, that it has done a great deal of good", he said.
"The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people", the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement.