10 Things You Need to Know About the Clinton Foundation

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What is the Clinton Foundation, what does it do, and why is it controversial? 

 

  1. What is the Clinton Foundation?

    The Clinton Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on tackling world issues, such as global health and improving the lives of women.

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  2. On what does the Foundation spend its money?


    The Clinton Health Access Initiative is the Foundation’s flagship program but is a separate legal entity. The CHAI accounted for nearly 60% of the Foundation’s $250 million spent in 2014. CHAI primarily negotiates with pharmaceutical companies over the price of HIV medicine.

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  3. What does Hillary Clinton do for the Clinton Foundation?


    Hillary was previously on the Board of Directors.

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  4. Who runs The Clinton Foundation?


    Mark Gunton is the current CEO.

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  5. What do Bill, Hillary and Chelsea do for the Clinton Foundation?


    Bill and Chelsea serve on the Board of Directors. Hillary is on the Board of Directors, though she was not on the Board her time as Secretary of State.

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  6. Why is the Clinton Foundation such a big deal?


    The Foundation accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign donors while Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State. This has led to accusations of conflicts of interest, “pay-for-play” access to the State Department for foreign donors, and even corruption. Another complaint is that the Foundation serves as a “slush fund” for the Clintons and their friends.

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  7. Why is the Foundation under so much scrutiny?


    Many are worried that the Clinton Foundation acted as a medium through which foreign donors, businesses, and individuals to accessed Hillary Clinton's connections and role as Secretary of State. Emails surrounding some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including Huma Abedin, indicate that Foundation donors may have been given special privileges within the State Department and its connections.

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  8. What’s an example of a “sketchy deal” that HRC has made during her time as Secretary of State?


    While Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given money to the Clinton Foundation. Many of the nations that received weapons deals, including Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, are authoritarian regimes whose human rights abuses are well-documented. The arms deals approved by Hillary Clinton's State Department increased the military power of these oppressive regimes, as those same regimes gave millions to the Clinton Foundation.

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  9. Who is Huma Abedin?


    Huma Abedin was HRC’s Deputy Chief of Staff at State from 2009 to mid-2012. She then moved to New York and was a “special government employee” who drew a paycheck from the Clinton Foundation and from the consulting firm Teneo Holdings, which has deep ties to Clinton world. She was simultaneous paid by the government and by the Foundation, which led to accusations of conflict of interest and benefitting from her connections as a government employee.

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  10. What happens to the Foundation if Hillary becomes president?


    The Clintons claim the Foundation will no longer take foreign and corporate donations if Hillary is elected president.

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