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Washington Post, June 2, 2015: The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire
With Hillary Clinton running for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, the Clinton Foundation is again under scrutiny and attack by those seeking to score political point. Any hint of a conflict of interest is amplified and sensationalized in the media. And then there are those liberals that think any money obtained from corporations or the rich is "dirty money" and must have some sinister motive..."scandal" is the word that has often been applied by certain media outlets. For those interested, the Washington Post article above gives a vivid history of how Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Foundation in 2001 and built it into a $2 billion global philanthropic endeavor. From the article:
"By the Clinton Foundation’s accounting, it has done something good for at least 430 million people in more than 180 countries. (There are about 195 countries in the world, depending on how you count.) When foundation officials last looked back at 2,872 different “commitments” made at the Clinton-convened conferences, they found that only 4.8 percent had not met basic goals and were therefore “unsuccessful” by foundation standards.
"Overall, the foundation spends about 89 percent of its money on its charitable mission, according to the independent American Institute of Philanthropy. Based on that analysis, the watchdog group gave the foundation a rating of A for 2013, on a scale that goes to A-plus."
The Wounded Warrior Project, by comparison, spends only 60 percent of it's revenue on veteran care. It was rated a "C" as listed by Charity Watch. Yet their patriotic ads on TV depicting the ordeals of returning wounded veterans have proved to be very lucrative to the organizers; but perhaps also makes them immune from the criticism often directed at the Clinton Foundation.
From the Clinton Foundation website:
"Because of our work, more than 31,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 105,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; more than 33,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced annually across the United States; over 450,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, 9.9 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries."
There is no question that the Clinton Foundation has received funds from corporations, global rich benefactors as well as governments worldwide. The questions being raised relate to how those donations might have translated into political favors. The Clinton's have maintained that all of the foundation's activities have been legal and above board, but the shear size of the Clinton Foundation has made it a target, especially when "guilt by association" opens up all kinds of possible savory innuendos.
And in this political climate where anyone who is rich, the "millionaire and billionaires", is targeted by the left as the "enemy", it is difficult to see how Hillary Clinton can escape another "scandal", whether real or made up.