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September 13, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Roger Ailes's Alma Mater Returns 2007 Gift

Ohio U. Returns Roger Ailes Gift and Rescinds Honor: The former Fox News chief’s alma mater is giving back a $500,000 donation and removing his name from the newsroom of campus-based public television station WOUB, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Mr. Ailes, a 1962 Ohio University graduate, made the contribution in 2007. University President Roderick McDavis said undoing the gift is “the most appropriate action” in light of allegations that Mr. Ailes serially harassed female employees at Fox News, leading to his ouster from the network in July.

Trump Campaign Says Candidate Has Donated ‘Tens of Millions’: Spokeswoman Hope Hicks and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence both said that Donald Trump has given “tens of millions of dollars” to charity, but his campaign provided no details or evidence of the donations, writes The Washington Post. The campaign made the assertion in a statement taking issue with a prior Post article detailing how the Mr. Trump retooled his family foundation to rely on other donors’ money to fund its giving and had potentially violated federal tax laws by purchasing personal items for the business mogul. "Mr. Trump continues to be unfairly maligned for his generosity,” Ms. Hicks said in the statement.

A Look at How Philanthropy Views the Clinton Foundation: Slate magazine podcast The Gist explores how the Clinton Foundation is viewed in the philanthropic world and whether its star power and political ties overshadow its work in areas like global health. Host Mike Pesca interviews Ken Stern, former head of NPR and author of the book With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give, and Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, who offer differing views on perceptions of the foundation and its broader impact on philanthropy.

Opinion: Wounded Warrior’s Big Failing Was Crisis Management: Writing in Forbes, the head of a strategic-communications firm blames the Wounded Warrior Project’s financial woes not on media investigations of its spending but on the charity’s handling of the crisis. Richard Levick — citing a new report on the Wounded Warrior scandal by nonprofit-management expert Doug White — says the charity’s fundraising remained steady after the negative coverage in January but plummeted two months later when board members “panicked” and fired its two top executives. Mr. Levick questions the criticism of the charity, which he says has hurt programs benefiting veterans, and says Wounded Warrior must “constantly dramatize value” to regain its footing.

LinkedIn Head Pledges $5 Million if Trump Releases Returns: Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chairman of the Silicon Valley company, said he would donate as much as $5 million to veterans causes if Donald Trump makes his tax returns public before the presidential debates end. The Republican nominee has refused to release his returns, breaking a longstanding precedent for presidential candidates. “As Trump skirts his obligation to the American people, we must show him that we do value accountability and transparency,” Mr. Hoffman wrote in a post on online publishing platform Medium.

Judge Orders de Blasio Nonprofit to Turn Over Records: The Campaign for One New York, which raised millions of dollars to promote New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policies, must submit to a subpoena from a state ethics body, writes The Wall Street Journal. A state Supreme Court justice ordered the organization to turn over documents about its lobbying activities to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Federal and state investigators are examining whether donors to the nonprofit, which closed earlier this year, received special treatment from City Hall. The mayor and aides who led the group say it followed all laws and disputed the ethics panel’s authority to subpoena its records.