Former President Bill Clinton tells foundation staff what changes the foundation will make to deal with conflict of interest concerns if Hillary is elected president in November 2016:
- The foundation will stop accepting donations from any foreign entity or from any corporations or corporate charities. Only US citizens and independent charities will be able to donate.
- Bill Clinton will resign from the foundation’s board.
- He will not give any paid speeches until the November 2016 election, and then will not give any paid speeches if Hillary wins the election.
- He also will stop personally soliciting donations for the foundation.
- This year’s annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting will be the last one.
All of these changes will occur only if Clinton wins the presidential election, except for the CGI meetings, which will stop even if she loses.
Republicans criticize the changes as insufficient. Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Reince Priebus says the changes are “too little, too late.” He says the foundation “should immediately cease accepting foreign donations and return every penny ever taken from other countries, several of which have atrocious human rights records and ties to terrorism.” He also says the foundation continuing to accept foreign donations during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is a “massive, ongoing conflict of interest that gets bigger by the day.” (The Associated Press, 8/22/2016) (The Los Angeles Times, 8/22/2016)