Thursday, December 20, 2007
Presidential politics is everywhere these days and even charitable foundations come under scrutiny - especially a foundation created by a former president and husband of a presidential contender. Bill Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation "to strengthen the capacity of people in the United State and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global independence." (from the mission statement) The Foundation has raised over $500 million since its inception. The donors' identities have been kept secret, more or less, but Mr. Clinton has indicated that he will make public the names of future donors if Mrs. Clinton becomes president. It's possible that a donor might contribute to Mr. Clinton's foundation in an attempt to curry favor with Mrs. Clinton, in violation of the spirit of the campaign finance laws. To avoid those questions, the donors identities will be revealed. For those who can't wait, an article in today's NYT reveals a number of the major donors - and the links between those donors and the current campaign.