The news media has been flooded with articles regarding donors to the Clinton Foundation, and the access of some donors to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman noted in The New York Times on Sept. 5 that Charity Watch, an independent watchdog group that rates charities, rates the Clinton Foundation with an "A," which is actually higher than the American Red Cross' "A-" rating.
Krugman notes that any foundation that raises billions of dollars is bound to have questions raised about conflicts of interests, as in the case of the Clinton Foundation, which raises billions of dollars to help poor people around the world.
On Aug. 23, The Associated Press cited old State Department calendars that found at least 85 people, who donated or pledged donations -- personally or through organizations -- to the Clinton Foundation, had either met with or had telephone conversations scheduled with Clinton, while she was secretary of state; those 85 donors gave as much as $156 million to the charity, which fights global poverty and promotes health care.
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The news wire added that the meetings or conversations between Clinton and the donors "do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former President Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton."
Judicial Watch, a conservative group, has been aggressively pushing negative perceptions about the Clinton Foundation, the donors and Clinton, notes AlterNet.
Judicial Watch, which is a nonprofit organization, reportedly doesn't disclose the names of all of its donors, which gave nearly $30 million in 2014, as the Clinton Foundation does.
AlterNet reports that Judicial Watch is rated with two stars by Charity Navigator, another independent charitable watchdog, because of its many nameless donors and large expenditures for salaries and fundraising, while the Clinton Foundation discloses its donors and has a four-star rating.