“The only reconciling he’s been doing seems to be with his bank accounts,” says one donor based in California. “Our foundation has underwritten the Clinton Foundation, but we’re going to be reconsidering that support.”
Perhaps that’s why Clinton appears so eager to insert himself into the ongoing racial difficulties in Cincinnati. On Saturday, Clinton sat down with the Cincinnati Enquirer and said in an interview that he would be willing to visit that fair city to help heal the breach of racial mistrust between city officials and the black community. In the past year, the town has been torn apart by racial unrest and boycotts after a black youth was shot by a white police officer. Two months ago, O.J. Simpson hosted a rap concert for racial healing in Cincinnati, which amazingly didn’t take. Now Clinton appears ready to follow in O.J.’s footsteps.
But wait. While Clinton may be ready, Cincinnati’s mayor, Charlie Luken, isn’t so sure. Luken — a Democrat — said he doubted he would extend an invitation to Clinton, even though Clinton clearly wants to come, but said he’d defer to him. “Clinton is grandstanding and using the Enquirer to bail out his foundation,” says a Luken staffer.
According to the Luken aide, the mayor believes the Enquirer planted the question about coming to Cincinnati as a way to pressure the mayor into inviting Clinton. To be fair, an Enquirer instant poll showed 85 percent of respondents don’t want Clinton to come.
Clinton is eager to travel to Cincinnati, in part, for the heavy media attention it would generate for his foundation and thus give donors a sense their money isn’t being wasted.
So far the foundation has underwritten a small business program for Harlem, where Clinton’s offices are based. “And he hasn’t done much else. We’ve heard he wants to do something in the Middle East, but he’s not in that picture,” says the donor in California. “It’s not that we don’t like the guy, but we have to evaluate where to put our money, and right now it doesn’t look like Clinton is doing much with what we’ve already given him.”
Clinton, though, keeps at fundraising, if on other fronts. On Friday night in Los Angeles he’ll headline a reunion of sorts of his extended White House and administration staff. The money raised will underwrite the alumni group, clintonstaff.com.p> GET ME OUTTA HERE
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