The Clinton Foundation is a charity that raises money for the improvement of education, health care, and much more. It has recently been found accepting foreign donations, as their ban on foreign donations was lifted when Hillary resigned as Secretary of State. It is particularly interesting that the Wall Street Journal found these undeclared donations. The Foundation has raised over $48 million from foreign countries. Some of the countries donating in the last year were: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Italy, the Netherlands, and Australia. The Clintons use money from their foundation to pay for travel expenses. As they are travelling, they are spreading their word. It is thought that this money is also being used to pay for political advisors. This makes this money directly linked to supporting Hillary and her message. It should be noted that foreign contributions towards political campaigns are strictly prohibited for good reason, as it creates a conflict of interest. Since Hillary is a highly potential Presidential Candidate, this creates an ethical question of whether this money from foreign countries should be allowed. It can be speculated that these foreign countries that are donating to the foundation are expecting something in return. This is a potential ethical problem because these foreign countries want influence. I agree with the Wall Street Journal that the Clinton Foundation should give back the money donated by foreign countries. The Obama Administration was correct in asking the Clinton Administration to ban foreign donations when Hillary became Secretary of State and this ban needs to be in place again.
Do you think that the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation are ethically wrong?
What should happen to the foreign money already donated to the Foundation?
Should Hillary be disqualified from running for President since she has accepted the money?