Hillary Clinton may be reticent to speak on the subject of foreign policy just yet – she’s peppered her rare interactions with actual media with bland policy positions mostly having to do with middle class Americans and favorite burrito proteins – but that might be because the Clinton Foundation is still trying to work out how they’re going to accept all that foreign cash while one of their founders is campaigning to be leader of the free world.
Turns out, they’re still going to accept the foreign cash, at least as far as six key countries, with whom the US already has relationships, are concerned. Any other foreign national or government looking to have a direct impact on a major Presidential contender’s foreign policy should instead donate to the Clinton Global Initiative, which is not directly affiliated with the Clinton Foundation in any way other than being directly affiliated with the Clinton foundation.
The Clinton Foundation said late Wednesday that it will continue to accept donations from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, despite concerns that such gifts will create a conflict of interest for the Democratic front-runner.
The foundation’s board said that donations directly to the foundation would only be allowed from six governments — Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. However, other governments could continue to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a subsidiary program that encourages donors to match contributions from others to tackle international problems without direct donations to the charity.
The foundation also said it would stop holding CGI meetings abroad after a final session planned for Morocco in May.
The Morocco meeting is, of course, a gift from a state-owned phosphate export company, and the Clinton Global Initiative wouldn’t want to be accused of deliberately souring a relationship with a foreign government in a time of regional upheaval, of course.
The only thing this “change” means is that Hillary Clinton will stop taking donations from ten other countries who have previously donated to the Clinton Foundation, allowing it to pursue it’s stated goals of global humanitarian aid, while also reaping the benefits of cuddly relationships with tinpot dictators and serial human rights abusers. No longer will the Clinton’s be actively cashing checks from the likes of Saudi Arabia and Algeria (which Hillary failed to note to the State Department that one time), if only to avoid the terrible optics associated with having a female candidate campaigning on womens rights, only to be funded almost directly by people who still stone women to death for driving cars.
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