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October 31, 2016

Daily News Roundup: FBI Tussled Over Investigating Clinton Foundation

FBI and Justice Dept. Reportedly at Odds Over Clinton Charity: As the FBI was winding down its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server in July, some in the bureau were pressing for a renewed inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports, citing people familiar with the matter. FBI agents sought latitude to ramp up efforts to gather information about the charity's finances, continuing work begun last year, but senior law-enforcement officials were skeptical there was enough evidence to build a case. The bureau announced Friday that it was reopening the email investigation.

Washington Post's Investigation Concludes Trump's Giving Is a "Facade": Summarizing the findings of his monthslong examination of Donald Trump's philanthropy, Post reporter David Fahrenthold writes that the Republican presidential candidate has given sparingly while boasting for decades of his largess and seeking credit for gifts he did not make. Mr. Trump claims to have donated tens of millions of dollars of his own money, but the Post was able to confirm only $7.8 million in giving since the early 1980s, most of it to his foundation — many expenditures by which appear to have benefited Mr. Trump or his businesses, Mr. Fahrenthold writes.

Calif. Community-Fund Grants Back Antiabortion Centers: The California Community Foundation provided more than $1.5 million from 2010 to 2014 to "crisis-pregnancy" clinics and anti-choice nonprofits that run them, reports Rewire, a nonprofit journalism outlet that focuses on reproductive rights and other health issues. Other community foundations in the state have made grants to such clinics, which abortion-rights advocates say spread false medical information to dissuade women from ending pregnancies. Officials with the foundation say the grants were made from donor-advised funds at the behest of holders of the charitable-giving accounts.

Longtime Neb. Charity Head Resigns Amid Flap Over Executive Pay: Goodwill Omaha CEO Frank McGree stepped down after 30 years at the helm following an outcry over compensation for the charity's leaders, reports the Omaha World-Herald. The newspaper previously reported that about 14 percent of the organization's $4 million in thrift-store profits last year funded its programs to help disabled and needy job seekers while Mr. McGree and eight top managers were collectively paid $1.8 million, prompting some major donors to say they would withhold future funding.

LSU Athletics Fundraising Outpaces Giving for Academics: Recent tax filings show the Louisiana State University-affiliated Tiger Athletic Foundation attracts about $45 million a year in donations, compared with $41 million for the institution's academics and research fundraising arm, the LSU Foundation, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge. The figures make LSU an outlier in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference, which has dominated college football in recent years, other members of which raise far more for academic programs and facilities than for sports.

Departing Robin Hood Head Reflects on Antipoverty Work and Business Future: David Saltzman, outgoing executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation, talks to The Wall Street Journal (subscription) about his decision to leave the New York City charity he co-founded in 1988. Mr. Saltzman, 54, who announced his exit last week, said he wants to try his hand in the for-profit sector but will join the board of Robin Hood, which has raised more then $2.5 billion for poverty-fighting programs, and head its committee on education grants.