On January 12, 2017 a WARN notice was filed with the New York Department of Labor—the main office of the Clinton Global Initiative would be closing.
Observer The Clinton Foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 elections provoked critics to allege that it served as a means for the Clintons to sell off access, market themselves on the paid speech circuit, and elevate their brand as Hillary Clintoncampaigned for the presidency.
But as soon asClinton lost the election, many of the criticisms directed toward the Clinton Foundation were reaffirmed. Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work.
In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.
On January 12, the Clinton Foundation received more bad news: a WARN notice was filedwith the New York Department of Labor. The main office of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City would be closing, laying off 22 employees.
The Clinton Global Initiative was created in 2005 to serve as a networking platform for the Clinton Foundation.
WikiLeaks revealed several criticisms of the Clinton Foundation were true, as pay-to-play schemes and the foundation’s corrupt management were exposed. On October 26, The Washington Postreported a memo detailed how the Clinton Foundation was used to boost Bill Clinton’s income.
The Clinton foundation paid Pakistani Muslim shill Khizr Khan $375,000 to bash Donald Trump at the Democrat National Convention.
“The memo, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy groupWikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department,” reportedThe Washington Post.
The Clinton Foundation‘s downward trajectory ever since since Hillary Clinton’s election loss provides further testimony to claims that the organization was built on greed and the lust for power and wealth—not charity.