“But we are and always have been a non-partisan, inclusive foundation with lots of support from and involvement by people across the political spectrum and governments from right to left, all committed to our creative solutions-centered work”.
The Clinton Foundation has faced scrutiny for its fundraising practices and acceptance of donations from foreign governments as Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the Democratic nomination for president. And the foundation, which has been voluntarily disclosing its donors for years, has pledged heightened transparency during the presidential campaign, including committing to disclosing its donors on a more frequent basis. The donation to the Clinton Foundation was equal to a quarter of the net profits Happy Hearts made from the event.
The Clintons’ allies have voiced their support of the family’s charity in recent days as well, with Foundation donor Jay Jacobs penning a blog post Thursday saying one reason voters should elect Hillary Clinton is her connection to the Foundation. The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state.
Clinton, though, acknowledged some of the reporting mistakes that have plagued the foundation.
The Happy Hearts Fund charity’s former executive director told the Times that Clinton only agreed to attend the June 2014 event after the charity offered to donate $500,000 of the gala’s proceeds to the Clinton Foundation, in what she described as a “quid pro quo” transaction. The Press Departments for both the Happy Hearts Fund and the Clinton Foundation denied the allegations, and said the Clinton Foundation didn’t solicit a donation and the $500,000 will be used for projects in Haiti. Hillary said during an event in Iowa last week that she is “proud of the foundation”, and Bill said earlier this month in an interview with NBC that the charity has never done anything “knowingly inappropriate”. Her boyfriend at the time, Simon Atlee, was killed.
On Friday, the former president said in a letter to supporters that the foundation remains a “non-partisan” philanthropy and he’s determined to continue its mission.
“After seeing firsthand the hope the Foundation gives to all these people who had been forgotten by the rest of the world, it is clear that the truth about its work and the Clinton family is being muddied, eclipsed or blatantly ignored”, Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote in an article on the Huffington Post. “The model has responsibility; she paid a high price for a feel-good moment with Bill Clinton. They earn NO INCOME or get any other financial benefit from their association with the Foundation”.