Imagine the nerve one would have to have to tweet an appeal for people to donate to a foundation that has been the subject of massive scrutiny, but that is what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has done.
The 2016 Democrat presidential nominee tweeted an appeal for donations to The Clinton Foundation on Wednesday to much scorn.
“If you’re able to give, I hope you’ll consider supporting the life-changing work of the @ClintonFdn,” the former first lady and senator said.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 29, 2021
It came after the Clinton Foundation tweeted its own appeal for donations to the charity.
“Thanks for being part of our community in 2021. Together, we’re working to:
Confront the climate crisis
Improve public health
Expand economic opportunity
Inspire citizen engagement & service
“Join us and the Clinton family will triple your impact,” it said.
Thanks for being part of our community in 2021. Together, we’re working to:
🌎Confront the climate crisis
😷Improve public health
📈Expand economic opportunity
💡Inspire citizen engagement & service
Join us and the Clinton family will triple your impact: https://t.co/V8yjtCPBkN
— Clinton Foundation (@ClintonFdn) December 27, 2021
The tweet was met with a ton of sarcasm.
“The only life it changed was your daughter’s yearly salary. For those in Haiti that were left without nothing while you enriched your family. I suggest people give nothing to this sham foundation!” one person said.
The only life it changed was your daughter's yearly salary. For those in Haiti that were left without nothing while you enriched your family.
I suggest people give nothing to this sham foundation! https://t.co/WRYXBNrLvm
— American🇺🇸Alley (@American_Alley2) December 31, 2021
“Yes – if Satan had a foundation – it would be this one…,” author Tony Shaffer said.
Yes – if Satan had a foundation – it would be this one… https://t.co/jQek9Og7aK
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) December 29, 2021
“Does Chelsea need another wedding dress?” former Army Special Forces Jim Hanson said.
Does Chelsea need another wedding dress? https://t.co/aWJjSdd96S
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) December 29, 2021
“Life changing? Haiti is wondering about the money they were scammed out of,” Congressional candidate Aja Smith said.
Life changing? Haiti is wondering about the money they were scammed out of. https://t.co/TWTlFqYYiK
— Aja Smith (@AjaforCongress) December 29, 2021
“Can we get testimonials from the Haitians on how their life changing moments were from the foundation?” another Twitter user mocked.
Can we get testimonials from the Haitians on how their life changing moments were from the foundation? https://t.co/wfVFsZfOCN
— Justine (@BruinJustine) December 29, 2021
“You got another wedding you need to pay for or something?” another quipped.
You got another wedding you need to pay for or something? https://t.co/tDH63Bzvkn
— Mrs. Rutter ™ (@lindarutter) December 29, 2021
But the Foundation is need of funds because, after her defeat to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, donations to the charity became scarce, The Daily Wire reported.
According to the group’s most recent financial report, contributions fell from $29.6 million in 2019 to $16.3 million in 2020 — a 45% decline amid COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession. In 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran for President, the group raised $62.9 million, indicating an overall 74% donation decline in a four-year period.
The foundation’s 2020 haul represents a 93% drop in overall donations to the Clinton Foundation from its high of $249 million in 2009, when President Barack Obama named Hillary Clinton as secretary of State.
“Money was pouring in when Hillary Clinton was a senior official and a candidate for president. The fact that foundation donors received special access to the Secretary of State isn’t surprising,” Scott Amey of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) told The Daily Caller.
Many observers considered the foundation’s opaque, non-traditional structure an ethics concern — particularly after Clinton belatedly shed light on the foundation’s activities. “Under scrutiny as the 2016 presidential election heated up, the foundation amended six years of tax returns for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 fiscal years,” reported OpenSecrets.org. “Changes included reporting previously undisclosed contributions and grants from foreign governments, updating reporting for revenue from speeches, listing related entities and changing the donors reported in the Form 990 Schedule B.” The foundation’s questionable financial actions reportedly elicited a federal investigation in 2020, as Hank Berrien reported at The Daily Wire: