The Clinton Foundation Is Shutting Down The Clinton Global Initiative
Despite media reports throughout the 2016 U.S Presidential election reporting the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has long been a global force of goodwill, a narrative that has been echoed dozens if not hundreds of times in corporate media fluff-pieces surrounding years of allegations of corruption surrounding the CGI and the Clinton Foundation, the CGI will officially close its doors on April 15th according to a public notice posted on the New York Department of Labor’s website.
The Clinton Foundation and the CGI has faced a firestorm of negative reports for years, many of which were first revealed in Clinton Cash. Details of allegations made in the book were denied by the Clintons whose surrogates in the corporate media helped diffuse allegations about the foundation and its initiatives. However, the Clinton Cash allegations were then corroborated in emails made public courtesy of Wikileaks through the Podesta leaks, and the the decision to shutdown the CGI was announced internally in September.
Specifically numerous pay-to-play allegations claiming that the CGI was used as a of several fronts in a Clinton public corruption scheme, under the umbrella of the Clinton foundation, which sold political influence and government access to corporations, special interest groups, lobbyists and foreign governments.
Of course the closing of the CGI come this April is likely to be accompanied the removal of all public filings posted online, including past news articles, financial documents and press releases made by the Clinton Foundation pertaining to the initiative.
As such those concerned with such allegations of corruption are likely to be busy archiving the organization’s online public material between now and April 15th when that material will likely vanish from the internet and online search engines.
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In a “mass layoff” event reported late last week by the Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation announced it would lay off some 22 employees at the Clinton Global Initiative, which attained notoriety during the John Podesta leaks, when the various details of the fallout between between CGI head Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton were revealed; it also emerged that long-time Bill Clinton friend Band was soliciting donations for Clinton through his PR firm, Teneo in an sordid example of “pay for play” which most of the mainstream media refused to cover, especially after Band emailed Podesta “If this story gets out, we are screwed.”
Filed as mandated by the Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN notice, on January 12, the Clinton Foundation’s Veronika Shiroka advised the DOL that as part of a “Plant Layoff” it would layoff 22 workers on April 15, with reason for the dislocation stated as “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” The layoffs are part of the Clinton plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election, to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
As the Daily Caller notes, the layoffs were reportedly announced internally in September, ahead of Clinton’s stunning loss to President-elect Donald Trump. Many other employees had already begun looking for or accepting other jobs at that time, as it had become clear the future of the initiative was in doubt. It’s unclear how many of the once 200 strong staff might remain at the Clinton Foundation in some other capacity.
As a reminder, while the FBI has cleared Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing regarding her use of a private email server, a parallel probe into the Clinton Foundation regarding allegations of corruption is still ongoing.
The decision to sunset the Clinton Global Initiative reportedly set off a dispute within Clinton Foundation circles regarding the best way to handle the fallout from the allegations. Some complained the layoff process was “insensitively” handled, Politico reported, while others took issue with the optics of allowing anyone with the Clinton Global Initiative to stay on.
And while CGI is now officially being “discontinued”, the same fate likely awaits the Clinton Foundation itself following news in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump that Australia has cut its donations to the foundation to $0, while the far more generous Norway likewise slashed its donations by 87% as the political clout of the “charitable” organization dried up and as the opportunity for any future “quid pro quo” is now effectively gone.