August 25, 2016

New Editorials Condemn Clinton Foundation Transition As Not Enough

The fury surrounding Clinton Foundation cronyism continues to consume Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Earlier this week a series of editorials took aim at the apparent pay-to-play scandal at Clinton’s State Department. Now the Democratic nominee faces another round of blistering editorials, as the bad news shows no sign of abating.

The Clintons tried to tamp down criticism by announcing that Bill Clinton would leave the Clinton Foundation board if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Yet whatever reprieve that gave the Clintons was undone when it was reported last night that Chelsea Clinton will not be leaving the board of her family’s foundation no matter what. This announcement raised “red flags for ethics watchdogs” according to a report in Politico.

All of this “smoke” as Clinton put it, has led to a fire of negative opinion this week. As these new editorials show, all from papers that endorsed Clinton in 2016, the Clinton’s history of playing by their own rules has consequences:

Washington Post: “Bill Clinton last week said that the foundation will drastically reorganize if Ms. Clinton becomes president. It will stop taking foreign and corporate donations, and many of its charitable initiatives will be spun off into different institutions. Mr. Clinton also said he would leave the foundation’s board and cease fundraising for it. It would have been much better to take these measures when Ms. Clinton started at State. At this point, especially given the emerging record of contacts, they are probably not enough.”

Los Angeles Times: “We would propose a differently solution: that the foundation continue but that the Clinton family sever its connection to it so long as Hillary Clinton is in the White House. That means not only Bill and Hillary Clinton but also Chelsea Clinton, who now serves as the foundation’s vice chair.”

Denver Post: “New revelations about big-money donors to the Clinton Foundation and their access to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state raise legitimate questions about her judgment, despite the otherwise good work of the public charity — and her campaign’s loud objections. The Associated Press reported this week that more than half of the people outside of the government who met with Clinton during her early years at the State Department contributed as much as $156 million to the foundation.”