The Clinton Global Initiative employees will soon be looking for work.
On January 12th, employees at the Clinton Foundation received more bad news: a WARN notice was filed with the New York Department of Labor that the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City would be closing, laying off 22 employees.
Critics have long scrutinized the wealthy donors from foreign entities and governments who generously donated to the Clinton Foundation.
As soon as Hillary lost the election, these same, once generous donors began dropping off and ceasing their annual donations, reaffirming the speculations of many: that the Clinton Foundation was a pay to play organization which offered political clout instead of charity work.
For example, in November the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation,” and finally put an end to its taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million to the Clinton Foundation.
According to The Observer, “The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations,” which amounted to $20 million a year in 2015.
The Clinton Global Initiative was created in 2005 as a “networking platform” for the Clinton Foundation. However, the actual mission statement and its definition of what their purpose was, had always remained ambiguous.
The CGI website states, “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.”
WikiLeaks had released information stating that several criticisms of the Clinton Foundation were true, as the Foundation’s pay-to-play scams were exposed by them, as well as the “corrupt foundation management.”
On October 26, 2016, The Washington Post reported a memo that explained how the Clinton Foundation was used to boost Bill Clinton’s income.
“The memo, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department.”
The memo also outlines “Bill Clinton Inc.,” which obtained “in-kind services for the President and his family—for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”
Chelsea Clinton was appointed to the board of CGI in 2011.
Clinton supporters have defended the organization’s charitable work, and dismissed claims that it served as a means for the Clintons to ” sell off access, market themselves on the paid speech circuit, and elevate their brand as Hillary Clinton campaigned for the presidency.”
However, the rapid collapse of CGI, which only began to occur the moment Clinton lost, can be viewed as a reinforcement of a multitude of accusations, backed up by the Wikileaks information, that the organization was created for power and not charity.
A video of Bill Clinton discussing the Clinton Global Initiative:
The Observer reported:
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) “offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government.” The reason for the filing was stated as the “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative,” after CGI previously announced layoffs leading up to the general election.
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