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July 28, 2016

Clinton Foundation Donors Said to Be Irked by Lack of DNC Access

Big contributors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation are griping that their gifts to the charity aren’t getting them admitted to exclusive events at the Democratic National Convention, according to The Huffington Post.

Admission to some celebrity-studded gatherings at the Philadelphia convention is limited to big-dollar contributors to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Some donors to the family’s philanthropy “want it included in their tally, and Dennis is saying no,” a party fundraiser said, referring to Dennis Cheng, the Clinton campaign’s finance director and a key convention manager.

Questions over the foundation’s fundraising have dogged the campaign, with Republican nominee Donald Trump and other GOP leaders accusing the Clintons of using the charity to enrich themselves and grant political favors. Earlier this month House Republicans have asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate alleged “pay to play” deals involving the foundation. The tax agency referred the matter to its office of Exempt Organizations Examinations in Dallas, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote last week in a letter to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Fox News reports.