In a bold and surprising move by The Boston Globe on Wednesday, the paper issued a statement declaring that the Clintons should shut down their profitable global Clinton Foundation because it will be an enormous conflict of interest.
Although they demand the Clintons shut down the organization — and they should –they do however give credit to the foundation for its prosperous work around the world.
The Boston Globe explained:
Although the charity founded by former President Bill Clinton has done admirable work over the last 15 years, the Clinton Foundation is also clearly a liability for Hillary Clinton as she seeks the presidency.
The once-and-maybe-future first family will have plenty to keep them busy next year if Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in November. The foundation should remove a political — and actual — distraction and stop accepting funding. If Clinton is elected, the foundation should be shut down.
Since its founding, the foundation has supported relief in Haiti, global health, and other good causes. It also provided posts or paychecks for some members of the Clinton political team, like Cheryl Mills, Douglas Band, and Huma Abedin, and afforded the former president a platform and travel budget.
Many of the foundation’s donations come from overseas, including from foreign governments with troubling human rights records.
But as we’ve seen, the Clinton Foundation has also done horrible things like profiting from natural disasters. In 2010, following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the Clinton Foundation became one of the leading organizations in charge of helping Haiti rebuild — but they also massively profited from the tragedy when they used the foundation to help extract gold from their mines.
The Boston Globe continued their statement by saying:
The inherent conflict of interest was obvious when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State in 2009. She promised to maintain a separation between her official work and the foundation, but recently released emails written by staffers during her State Department tenure make clear that the supposed partition was far from impregnable.
That was bad enough at State; if the Clinton Foundation continues to cash checks from foreign governments and other individuals seeking to ingratiate themselves with a President Hillary Clinton, it would be unacceptable.
It is absolutely unacceptable. Hillary Clinton is a proven liar many times over and there is no chance we can believe her word that she will separate herself from her own organization. Hillary is a control freak.
The Boston Globe concluded:
Winding down the foundation, and transferring its assets to some other established charity, doesn’t have to hurt charitable efforts. If the foundation’s donors are truly motivated by altruism, and not by the lure of access to the Clintons, then surely they can find other ways to support the foundation’s goals.
And in four or eight years, the Clinton family could always form a new foundation and reestablish their charitable efforts. But as long as either of the Clintons is in public office, or actively seeking it, they should not operate a charity, too. The Clintons themselves seem to realize that.
“There’ll clearly be some changes in what the Clinton Foundation does and how we do it,” Bill Clinton said in June. “We’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.” Why wait?
The Clintons should move now to end donations to the foundation, and make plans to shut it down in November. Even if they’ve done nothing illegal, the foundation will always look too much like a conflict of interest for comfort.
The comment, “the foundation will always look too much like a conflict of interest for comfort,” is a bit of an understatement. That conflict of interest is enormously uncomfortable and fraudulent because it’s been known to allow the Clintons to profit from tragedy.
What do you think? Should Hillary Clinton dismember her foundation?