Due to Hillary Clinton’s recently announced presidential campaign, the Clinton Foundation is making some major changes about who can donate and who cannot.
Disgruntled critics believe that allowing foreign donations to the charity will ease even more the possibility of governments and other influent donors making contributions of millions of dollars in exchange for political leverage.
This policy changes could represent a serious culpability for the foundation, as well as for Hillary’s presidential bid, according to the CBS News correspondent.
Ever since its creation back in 2001, The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has been widely renowned for funding grants and doing health, climate and poverty work. And for all this to happen, the Foundation has received donations rising to at least $42 million, and a lot of it has come from foreign governments.
In a recent statement, the former Secretary of State said she was very proud of what the foundation has accomplished so far and thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who became supporters of the charity during its 14 years of existence.
Most recent changes in the foundation’s policy mention that large donations will be accepted from now on only from the governments of Germany, Norway, Australia, The Netherlands, Canada and the United Kingdom. Financial contributions coming from any other country, including Saudi Arabia, will no longer be accepted, as the charity has received stern criticism over such donations.
However, before the Clinton charity issued these new policies, other presidential candidates had already dug their teeth in. Republican candidate Rand Paul appeared on Sunday in the news program “Face the Nation” and criticized Hillary for accepting money from countries where women’s rights are neglected. He added that for a woman such as Hillary who prides herself in defending equal rights for all women, such practices look really bad.
Other foreign governments who aren’t on the “accepted” list can still contribute through the Clinton Global Initiative, a smaller branch of the charity, by paying attendance fees.
The modifications in the charity’s policies are even tougher than when Hillary occupied the office of Secretary of State. Back in 2009, the Obama administration asked the Clinton Foundation to limit their foreign donations and adopt a more transparent protocol.
However, foreign companies and influent individuals with governmental ties were never stopped from continuing to contribute. According to the new statutes, the foundation agrees to disclose their donors every three months, instead of the annual practice they had before.
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