Saturday, May 2, 2015

Clinton Foundation Retains 'Hillary' in Official Name

     Shortly after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation announced: "In light of Secretary Clinton’s decision to run for President, Secretary Clinton has stepped down from the Clinton Foundation board[.]" While Mrs. Clinton was removed from the board (she no longer appears on the website page listing directors), the foundation has not given any indication that her name will be removed from the official name of the foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
     When President Clinton started the foundation after leaving the White House, it was initially called the William J. Clinton Foundation. However, according to the foundation, the name was changed in 2013 to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation after Mrs. Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, in part to "acknowledge [her] role in shaping the Foundation":
In 2013, to recognize the contributions of Secretary Clinton and Chelsea to the Foundation and to acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
     Now that Mrs. Clinton is a presidential candidate, it remains unclear if the retention of "Hillary" in the foundation's name indicates that Mrs. Clinton will continue to make "contributions" to the foundation and have a "role in shaping" its work. The full name, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, is still recorded as the official name, appearing in the answer to the first "frequently asked question" provided on the website [emphasis added]:
     While Mrs. Clinton has been removed from the board of directors, it appears from the way the website of the foundation is structured that she is expected to return in the future. Rather than simply delete the page (archived here) that provided Mrs. Clinton's biographical information, the site blocked access; an attempt to access the current page is met with "Access denied":

     A search of the IRS's database of charities indicates the foundation's name is currently still the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The foundation has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the status of the organization's name.

Note: A version of this post first appeared at The Weekly Standard.

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