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October 14, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Foundation Ties Worried Hillary Aides Before Run

Clinton Team Raised Foundation Concerns Before Campaign: Newly leaked emails show top advisers to Hillary Clinton discussed distancing her from the Clinton Foundation months before she announced her presidential run, Politico reports. Robby Mook, now Ms. Clinton's campaign manager, asked in a late-2014 message if her name should be removed from the charity, officially called the Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. In June 2015, two months after the Democrat formally launched her White House bid, Mr. Mook initiated an exchange suggesting it might be politically wise for the charity to make its events "smaller and lower key" in 2016. The emails were hacked from the personal account of John Podesta, now Ms. Clinton's campaign chairman, and published by WikiLeaks.

NYC Review Casts Doubt on Trump's 9/11 Giving Claims: A check of previously sealed records by New York's controller turned up no evidence that Donald Trump fulfilled public promises to donate to city-run funds for 9/11 victims in the months after the terrorist attack, writes the New York Daily News, which requested the review. Controller Scott Stringer's office said there is no record of the Republican presidential nominee or his foundation giving to the Twin Towers Fund or New York City Public/Private Initiatives through mid-2002. In the weeks after the attack, Mr. Trump pledged $10,000 to the city-led fundraising effort on Howard Stern's radio show. In campaign speeches, Trump backer and ex-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who set up the Twin Towers Fund, has hailed the candidate's generosity in the aftermath of 9/11.

UCLA Gets $30 Million to Study and Treat Digestive Ills: The gift includes a donation from Armenian-American businessman Vatche Manoukian and his wife, Tamar, and anonymous matching pledges and will support research, clinical care, and education programs at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's Division of Digestive Diseases, reports campus newspaper the Daily Bruin. The division will be renamed for the couple, as will a university medical building. Mr. Manoukian has been involved in biotechnology, entertainment, and other industries and has focused his philanthropy on education, medicine, and Armenian causes.

Georgetown Student Crowdfunds Help for "Invisible" Campus Workers: The Washington Post spotlights a Georgetown University student's fundraising from peers to assist janitors, cafeteria cashiers, and other low-income, mostly immigrant campus employees. After striking up a friendship with Oneil Batchelor, a nighttime cleaner at a university library, during late cramming sessions, 22-year-old business major Febin Bellamy started a Facebook page called Unsung Heroes that profiled Mr. Batchelor and other "invisible" workers, writes Petula Dvorak, a Post columnist who covers local issues. That led to crowdfunding efforts that raised thousands of dollars to help the employees fund things like business projects and travel to their native countries.