A spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation has grudgingly admitted that there is no plan to give back the $250,000 the organization has received from Harvey Weinstein’s company as a donation, as they have already spent any donation ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 on their own programs.
The Clinton foundation’s known willingness to take any cash (foreign and domestic) became a huge controversy during the White House campaign for Ms Hillary Clinton in 2016 (according to the Wall Street Journal, the Clinton foundation received cash from Australia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a Canadian government agency that was trying to get the Keystone XL pipeline built).
This latest news about the refusal to refund Weinstein’s donation comes as over a dozen Democratic politicians have stated they will either give back or contribute Weinstein donations to charity.
Harvey Weinstein has always been a major contributor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and he personally contributed $50,000 to her failed 2016 Presidential bid.
The explanation of the Clinton foundation followed daughter Chelsea Clinton as she ducked questions about Weinstein’s money from reporters whilst attending a Clinton Global Initiative University event at the Northeastern University in Boston over the weekend. The former first daughter ran out of a side door immediately after the event, evading reporters who all had only one question for her: “Will you return the money?”
The foundation’s spokesman Craig Minassian tweeted on Sunday: “Suggesting @ClintonFdn return funds from our 330,000+ donors ignores the fact that donations have been used to help people across the world.”
This seems odd as the Clinton Foundation has seriously downsized it’s personnel numbers since the 2016 election. Earlier this year it informed the press that it was retiring the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual conference where corporations pledged funds for ‘commitments’ combatting problems like hunger and poverty.