While Media Obsesses About Foreign Donors, Bill Clinton Defends Clinton Foundation’s Work

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In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden, Bill Clinton defended the Clinton Foundation’s work, and he argued that the charity had never done anything “knowingly inappropriate.” Bill Clinton also expressed “no regrets” about accepting foreign cash, noting that the money was being put to good use to help people all around the world.

The mainstream media has been obsessed with reporting on the dubious allegations made by GOP operative Peter Schweizer, in his anti-Hillary hit piece Clinton Cash. By contrast, Bill Clinton decided to remind the press of the good things the Clinton Foundation has accomplished.

Clinton outlined a number of successful initiatives, including the “Wings to Fly” program which has helped 10,000 impoverished children in Kenya go to high school. The program boasts of a 94 percent high school graduation rate, with a whopping 98 percent of those graduates going on to attend college.

The Clinton Foundation has also set up a vaccination center in Tanzania. The organization is also involved in fighting the spread of AIDS/HIV in Africa, and they helped coordinate the delivery of medical equipment and supplies to Liberia during the recent Ebola outbreak there.

Often lost in the discussion of where the Clinton Foundation money comes from, is the discussion of what the money is doing. For the people in the developing world who need medical supplies and educational opportunities, where the money originated is far less important than where it is sent.

Bill Clinton chastised the press noting that they seemed to hold the Clintons to a stricter standard of disclosure than other candidates running for president. Clinton stated:

All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.

He went on to add:

The people who have attacked the foundation have practiced selective nondisclosure. I really trust the American people to figure it out. I always have. And so far, I haven’t been disappointed.

Bill Clinton has a valid argument. Pack journalists have been hounding the Clintons about foreign donations, based upon a litany of unsubstantiated allegations made by Peter Schweizer. Schweizer is a partisan author who has a track record of promoting inaccurate stories. If the press is going to treat Schweizer with credibility that he hasn’t earned, at the very least, they should also report on the good things the Clinton Foundation has done. Now that Bill Clinton has reminded them, perhaps they will.

17 Replies to “While Media Obsesses About Foreign Donors, Bill Clinton Defends Clinton Foundation’s Work”

  1. It is NOT the foreign donations that this nation should worry about. It’s the DOMESTIC donations from the likes of the KKKoch Bros. and Sheldon Adelson to the Reich Wing Conservatives that will lead to destruction of freedom.

  2. Media Matters has done a fantastic job debunking the lies in that piece of trash book. And the people who donated to the Foundation have written essays on why they donated and making it clear they did not ask for a thing in return> To say a honorable charity is a slush fund (said on Fox yesterday) is beyond sickening.

  3. We question when we have the Clinton people doing good around the world.
    (it may make the Clintons look good)

    We do not question when BUSH bomb countries that the US had propped for year and suddenly the hysteria of: “they have weapons of mass destruction”…

    The GOP, fear mongers!

  4. Oh, don’t worry it is still early, we have a long way to go and I’ll bet every minute will be filed with anti-Clinton BS.

    I don’t know too much about the Clinton Foundation, but I have followed the Clinton Global Initiative, which is an offset of the foundation. They try to pair people that can help with people that need help. Many time the cost of providing something is under $100.

    In Africa the surface water is toxic with arsenic and this village needed a well.They dug the well and because the village had no electricity they built a merry-go-round. Every time the kids played on it, it pumped the water. I thought that was one of the coolest things I’d heard.

    They can bash the cash the Clintons have, at least the Clintons are trying to help people, not only all over the world, but here too. The aren’t trying to hurt people the way the Koch brothers are with their A.L.E.C. policies.

  5. The amount of money a donation to the Clinton foundation that goes to charity estimates vary from betwixt 6-15 percent. Where does the rest go? Salaries?

  6. This was not a good interview for Bill Clinton. Saying there was nothing sinister, that they didn’t knowingly do anything wrong, and that he’ll continue making speeches because he has to pay the bills, all sounded bad and amateurish.

    He’s rusty.

  7. Thanks for the link. Those darn facts keep getting in the way of the conspiracy theorists’ assertions.

  8. Great comment Pat. My thinking goes the same. If the Koch’s would give just a little of all the 899,000,000 to do good for some poor people, if the Walton’s would do the same, all the money people of the rethug party, do the same, maybe, just maybe the world would be in better shape.
    On the other side, we have a number of very rich people giving and placing their fortunes to do good in the world. The Clintons are just a small example.

  9. “Between 2009 and 2012, the Clinton Foundation raised over $500 million dollars according to a review of IRS documents by The Federalist (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). A measly 15 percent of that, or $75 million, went towards programmatic grants. More than $25 million went to fund travel expenses. Nearly $110 million went toward employee salaries and benefits. And a whopping $290 million during that period — nearly 60 percent of all money raised — was classified merely as ‘other expenses.’ ”

    The Clinton foundation, on the other hand, gets to its 88 percent going to “life-changing work” by combining the finances of the Clinton Foundation and an affiliated organization…”
    Politifact basically ends saying even though it looks bad, we’re biased and don’t care.

  10. Nate, Keep up the good work. These people do not care about dishonest, unethical, incompetent people like Hillary-they will blindly vote for her. It is more important to expand socialism than to protect what was once a great country.

  11. just watched and heard Dr. Dean being questioned on the Clinton Foundation. Of course, the questions were made to make the foundation seem illegal or fixed in some way to increase the Clinton finances.
    Dr. Deans answer to this was : there are 485,000,000 people who have been helped by the Clinton Foundation” Is there a republican that can even come close to that?” Remember this when you hear thugs talk about the Clinton’s.

  12. Too jimmyk,: question, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY” COMPARE TO 485,000.000 helped by this foundation….

  13. Any thinking adult man or women ( democrat) will understand immediately that never will either Bill or Hillary EVER, do or say a thing that will please the thugs. Just as Pres. Obama has never done or said anything they agree with. The thugs are people who live in a reality of their own and like it that way. Don’t like change or things different.

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