As the Clinton Foundation's scandalous dealings continue to be exposed, the Clinton's have found themselves facing a backlash of liabilities from their pay to play agenda while taking advantage of their political offices.
Amid waves of controversy, Bill Clinton has gone on the defensive at the "last" Clinton Global Initiative Gala, the once annual ostentatious event of elites being second only to Davos in Switzerland.
The former president views the final glitzy meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative — which he will address on Wednesday in an emotional farewell — as his last big opportunity to counter accusations that the philanthropy served as a vehicle for wealthy foreign donors to curry access with his wife’s State Department.
Following the last CGI event on September 21, reports began surfacing of dozens of employees given notice of lay offs, some already leaving for positions elsewhere.
Starting in August, CGI staff members began learning they would have to find new jobs by the end of the year, according to Politico. It's unclear how many people will be losing their jobs.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, has faced scrutiny over reports that many people Clinton met with while she was serving as the US secretary of state were individuals who made donations to the foundation.
Some employees have less than nice things to say. A CGI moderator, Adam Davidson, whom is a journalist, writes for New York magazine and hosts a show on NPR, said that many of the events are “all about buying access", calling them disgusting, creepy and gross.
Adam Davidson, who hosts a show for NPR and has written for New York Magazine, also said during an appearance on Slate’s “Political Gabfest” podcast, that the Bill and Hillary Clinton-controlled group’s events are “all about buying access.”
Perhaps more will come forward and tell their take on this pay to play scheming?
However with all of the attempts of appearances to become ethical, while running for office Secretary Clinton will continue to allow foreign donations to The Foundation. This leaves the Clinton's facing a sea of criticism, even from their staunch liberal supporters.
A wiser course would be to ban contributions from foreign and corporate entities now. If Mrs. Clinton wins, Bill and Chelsea Clinton should both end their operational involvement in the foundation and its affiliates for the duration of her presidency, relinquishing any control over spending, hiring and board appointments.
Is this all just smoke and mirrors to appease critics?
Or are we seeing the unraveling of the once "great" Clinton Foundation?