NEW YORK CITY, New York, USA (sentinel.ht) – On Thursday, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation announced that it would be closing down its annual, major donor, conference, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), for good.It was on January 12, 2017, coincidentally the 7th anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, that the organization sent out a WARN to its CGI employees, giving them notice of the impending layoffs.
In the WARN notice, that is in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) which compels employers to give employees 60 days warning of layoffs, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation said the reason was due to the “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative”.
The Clinton Global Initiative was created in 2005 to serve as a networking platform for the Clinton Foundation and its biggest donors, including leaders of nation states and major international corporations. “Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges,” states the CGI website.
But the CGI and the Clinton Foundation has been the subject of allegations of pay-to-play, the selling of government influence for hefty donations. Revelations from Wikileaks and a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of communications within the Hillary Clinton for President campaign and her tenure at the State Department have revealed some merit to the allegations. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), although it has not itself confirmed, has had leaks to the press that investigations into the foundation were ongoing.
“…as soon as Clinton 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,” wrote the Observer in its article about the WARN notice.
In November, the article reads, 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.