“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there.”
As if the Clinton Foundation was not getting enough negative coverage in the news recently, the New York Post’s Page Six reports that the organization has been experiencing a high turnover because one of the Clintons is unpleasant to work for.
Chelsea Clinton, 35, came on board as a vice chairman of the board in 2011, and the foundation since that time has seen an exodus of some top talent.
“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” a inside source told Page Six. “She is very difficult.”
Ms. Clinton spent her teen years with the White House staff surrounding her, and perhaps she grew comfortable with that level of service. Her staff of five is only one fewer than her father’s at the foundation.
The former foundation CEO and current chairman of the board, Bruce Lindsey, was pushed upstairs in 2013 to solely being chairman so Chelsea could bring in her law firm colleague Eric Braverman.
“He [Braverman] was her boy, but he tried to hire his own communications professional and actually tried to run the place. He didn’t understand that that wasn’t what he was supposed to be doing,” a source told Page Six. “He was pushed out.”
Other high level executives followed.
From Page Six:
For Bill Clinton loyalists who grew the foundation from nothing, the high turnover and the ethical questions over its funding are demoralizing. “It’s sad to see what’s happening. The operational planning has gone downhill,” said a source.
Instead of being something Hillary can point to with pride, the foundation has become a bloated slush fund that some critics say deserves an official investigation. And Chelsea’s fingerprints are all over it.
As reported by Western Journalism, 52 Republican lawmakers–with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., at the lead–signed a letter to the IRS calling for the tax-exempt status of the Clinton Foundation to be investigated. The letter reads, in part:
Proceeding under the cloak of philanthropy, the Foundation appears to have facilitated major private business transactions between foreign entities and also failed to report substantial foreign donations during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department. These actions have created an appearance of impropriety and go behind the Foundation’s pledge to act primarily in furtherance of charitable causes for which it was granted tax-exempt status.