Responding anew to controversy over its practice of accepting millions of dollars from foreign governments, the Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation said Thursday it would rethink such fundraising if Hillary Clinton runs for president, The Wall Street Journal writes. The foundation has been criticized by both Republican and Democratic groups who say that such donations create potential conflict of interests in light of Ms. Clinton's expected 2016 campaign.
The charity of the former first family stopped taking money from foreign governments when Ms. Clinton became secretary of state in 2009 but lifted the ban after she left office. Should Ms. Clinton enter the 2016 race, "we will continue to ensure the foundation's policies and practices regarding support from international partners are appropriate, just as we did when she served as secretary of state,” the organization said in a statement Thursday.
Dozens of companies that lobbied the State Department to support their work abroad during Ms. Clinton's cabinet tenure, including corporate giants such as Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and General Electric, have donated a combined $26-million to the Clinton Foundation, the Journal reports.