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February 23, 2015

Foundation Ties Carry Political Risk for Hillary Clinton

As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed presidential race, a spate of headlines about her family foundation’s acceptance of multimillion-dollar donations from foreign governments and major corporations points up the political risks arising from her philanthropic work, the Associated Press writes.

Some Democrats have joined Republican groups in contending the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation's assiduous fundraising presents potential conflicts of interest should Ms. Clinton seek and capture the White House. The charity has raised some $2-billion since 2001, and about a third of its $1-million-plus gifts come from foreign governments.

Clinton defenders note that the foundation voluntarily discloses its donors and that nearly 90 percent of its money supports its work in international education, health care, and poverty. "If your criticism ... is that [Hillary Clinton] raised too much money for her charity to help people around the globe, OK, I'll take that," said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime Clinton ally who has served on the foundation's board.