Former President Bill Clinton has reportedly pledged to donate up to $200,000 to his family charity, the Clinton Foundation, despite reports that the foundation is still under investigation by the FBI.
“As we prepare for a new year, President Clinton and Chelsea remain dedicated to our work providing everyone a chance to succeed,” Clinton Foundation chairman Bruce Lindsey announced Wednesday in the family’s latest email to supporters.
“Your contribution before the end of the year is so important that President Clinton is personally TRIPLING every gift to the Foundation, up to $200,000,” the email added.
This announcement was issued exactly two weeks after The Daily Caller confirmed that the investigation into the foundation’s unscrupulous activities remained ongoing in the Bureau’s New York office.
“There were no instructions to shut it down, to discontinue or to stand down on the investigation, but to continue its work,” a former senior law enforcement official informed the news agency at the time.
This official had earlier claimed “that the FBI was conducting a multi-city probe of the foundation in as many as five cities: New York, Little Rock, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Miami.”
Whether or not the investigation in the other four cities is also still ongoing remains unclear.
Moreover, because of the controversy surrounding the foundation, donations to it have essentially ceased, according to Breitbart editor-at-large Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash.
“The money has dried up,” he said during a radio interview earlier in the week. “Donations are vastly, vastly evaporating. They are almost essentially gone.”
This seemingly explained why Clinton was putting up his own money to solicit donations; he and his wife, failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were desperate.
“To me, the question is: what will the Clinton Foundation look like, if anything, two years from now?” Schweizer continued. “This is an organization that has thrived financially because really, since its creation up until now, you’ve always had a Clinton at either, number one, was in a position of political power that could do favors for donors.”
“With that out of the picture, it seems pretty clear that a lot of the Clinton Foundation donors don’t find this a particularly attractive charity per se, by itself,” he added. “I think the Clinton Foundation is going to be a shell of its former self.”
Whether or not the foundation could make a comeback seemed unlikely, though, especially given President-elect Donald Trump’s stance on it.
During the third presidential debate two months ago, he specifically referred to it as a “criminal enterprise” — one that he claimed had engaged in “pay-to-play” schemes of conflict.
With that sort of negative publicity from the incoming president, the foundation has a lot going against it.
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