The Clinton Foundation has done many noble deeds over the years. Its work has covered 180 countries and provided funding for some 3,500 projects. The Foundation has raised nearly $2 billion from a variety of donors to fund its many charitable activities around the world. Charity Watch gives the Clinton Foundation an A grade for its operations.
The foundation has thrived thanks to the generosity of foreign donors and individuals who have given hundreds of millions of dollars since former President Bill Clinton created the Foundation in 2001. Much of the early success of the Foundation came from Bill Clinton’s ability to bring together a diverse group of individuals and corporations in a common cause.
When Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, former President Clinton agreed to a number of restrictions on the Foundation’s fundraising activities to avoid any conflict of interest between Hillary Clinton’s official duties and the Foundation. However, the recent release of some emails exchanges during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure have raised questions as to how successful those restrictions were.
Last week the Clinton Foundation hired a security firm, FireEye, to determine if the Foundation servers have been hacked. According to Politico, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been issuing warnings of a possible release of real or fictitious emails and files that could damage Clinton this fall.
The concern is that there may be emails that could surface that would show favoritism towards Clinton Foundation donors while Mrs. Clinton was serving as Secretary of State. The Clinton’s have denied any such linkage.
"For years…the Clinton Foundation thrived largely on the generosity of foreign donors and individuals who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to the global charity. But now, as Mrs. Clinton seeks the White House, the funding of the sprawling philanthropy has become an Achilles’ heel for her campaign and, if she is victorious, potentially her administration as well." — The New York Times
The Clinton’s announced last week that the Foundation would no longer accept foreign or corporate donations if Mrs. Clinton is elected President. However, the perception problem remains. Whenever Hillary Clinton announces a policy position that affects a previous donor, there is the potential for questions to be raised about a conflict of interest.
Given the already existing issue of a lack of trust in Mrs. Clinton, any further evidence of a linkage between the Foundation’s fundraising and the State Department while Clinton was in office, could prove difficult for her presidential campaign.