There were internal red flags as far back as 2008 about how the Clinton Foundation operated, with a lawyer on the board of directors warning it was run “more like a political operation” than a traditional charity.
The “confidential” memo was part of the most recent batch published by WikiLeaks.
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Bruce Lindsey, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, sent the memo — an earlier draft of the final report — to Clinton family consiglieri Cheryl Mills in 2011. WikiLeaks released that email Saturday in its latest batch of communications hacked from the Gmail account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
Kumiki Gibson, who formerly served as then-Vice President Al Gore’s legal counsel, reviewed the foundation and found “fundamental organizational challenges and deficiencies that undermine its effectiveness, expose it to significant risk, and, ultimately, threaten its long-term survival.”
“The challenges and deficiencies plaguing the Foundation cannot be over-stated: They are real and undermine the organization’s effectiveness, immediately and more long term.”
Much of the concern centered around former President Bill Clinton’s personal involvement and the Clinton family’s role in the leadership of the foundation.
Gibson warned of “reputational and legal challenges, and with confusion, inefficiencies, and waste” if changes were not made, according to the online news outlet.
Staffing competencies and hiring practices were also an issue and may offer insight into what’s to be expected from a Hillary Clinton administration, should she prevail on Tuesday.
“Finally, morale is low among the current staff,” Gibson said. “Moreover, according to several members of the staff, the Foundation has lost some employees because of some of the issues identified in this report, including, specifically, the lack of clear priorities and of good managers.”
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