If you believe the GOP hawkers, especially the con-artist-in-chief you would think that the Clinton Foundation is some evil organization that funnels big money to Bill and Hillary Clinton. They pedal influence to the highest bidder and hand out favors in return. The trouble with all that rhetoric is that it is almost completely false. Here are some of the things that a CNN investigative report found about the Clinton Foundation.
Health is a big focus. In more than 70 countries, according to the foundation, it helps 11.5 million people, including 800,000 children, with HIV/AIDS get their medication at 90% lower cost — more than half the adults and three-quarters of the children getting treatment in the world today.But it does all kinds of other work as well. For instance, it helps East African farmers get better seeds and fertilizers. It supported Nepal’s reconstruction after the 2015 earthquakes. And it has connected more than 500,000 Latin Americans to job training and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The Clinton Foundation does tons of work in the US, too. Some examples: It has a school program that operates in every state, affecting more than 31,000 schools and 18 million students by its count. That program is to improve physical education, child nutrition, health education and staff wellness programs. They also work on prescription drug addiction. The foundation wants to halve the number of opioid overdoses — right now those drugs kill more Americans than car accidents.
The Clinton Global Initiative is part of the foundation. Bill Clinton started CGI in 2005. In contrast to other parts of the organization, it doesn’t fund or manage projects, or handle any of the money involved. Instead, it’s like the OKCupid of the charity world, matching funders with good causes. They do this at events throughout the year, including a big annual meeting in New York every September that’s a who’s who of global movers-and-shakers. (Bono? Check.)
How does the philanthropic world see the Clinton Foundation? They’re held in high esteem. There are watchdog groups that judge charities on how they’re run, how transparent they are and how much they spend on programs — some charities raise a ton of money, but spend a large percentage on salaries and bonuses instead of their actual cause.
Charity Watch gave the Clinton Foundation an A grade, while GuideStar gave it a platinum rating. Daniel Borochoff of Charity Watch noted that in 2014, 87.2% of the foundation’s funding went to its programs, “which is really high.” The foundation, he said, does “really important, valuable work that saves lives of lots of people.
How does the charity world see the political brouhaha over the foundation? “It’s unfortunate that it’s become this punching bag, this political punching bag,” Borochoff said. “There’s a lot of things that are said that are false. If Hillary Clinton wasn’t running for president, the Clinton Foundation would be seen as one of the great humanitarian charities of our generation.”
I don’t understand how the Clinton Foundation gets so much bad press. It is not as if Bill and Hillary are getting rich from it. As a matter of fact President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, who serve on the Board of Directors, do not take a salary from the Clinton Foundation and receive no funding from it. Secretary Clinton did not take a salary when she served on the Board of Directors.
None of the Clinton get a dime from the foundation. Yeah, they may pressure some of the elite around the world to contribute and in my mind that is a good thing. As pointed above the Foundation is very well thought of in the philanthropic world. 87% of what they collect actually goes to those who need it. That high of a level is almost unheard of.
I guess instead of helping so many people around the world the Clintons could be building casinos to line their pockets. I see where Trump, when he as paying for office space in Trump Towers (he was actually paying back to himself by the way) for his campaign it cost $40,000/month. Now that donors are paying the bill the cost has increase to over $170,000/month. Now that is something that should be investigated, not the Clinton Foundation!!