lack of transparency in the Clinton Foundation

Around 2007, the Clinton Foundation was criticized for a lack of transparency. People felt the names of donors should be disclosed because Hillary was running to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

A lengthy donors list was then released by the Foundation in December 2008, which included several politically sensitive donors, such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Blackwater Worldwide.

Contributions from foreign donors who are prohibited by law from contributing to political candidates in the U.S. constitute a major portion of the foundation's income.

In March 2015, Reuters reported that the Clinton Foundation had broken its promise to publish all of its donors, as well as its promise to let the State Department review all of its donations from foreign governments. In April 2015, the New York Times reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the State Department had approved a deal to sell American uranium to Russians who had donated to the Clinton Foundation, and that Clinton had broken her promise to publicly identify such donations. About this news, the other media made a list of questionable items. In a May 2015 book regarding the Foundation, author Peter Schweizer wrote, "We see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds."

After her January 2009 appointment as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton proposed hiring long-time Clinton friend and confidant Sidney Blumenthal as an advisor, however, Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, blocked Blumenthal's appointment at the State Department. Blumenthal was subsequently hired by the Clinton Foundation, earning a Foundation salary of about $10,000 a month.

Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, in April 2014 said, "It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons." [link]

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