Thursday, April 10, 2008

Clinton Charity Begins At Home

After earning more than $109 million over eight years, Hillary and Bill took tax write-offs totaling $10.2 million, about 9%, in charitable contributions. Most of that that money went to the Clinton Family Foundation, and a portion was distributed to charitable causes.

This is the same Clinton Family Foundation that Hillary failed to disclose as required by the Ethics in Government Act. The foundation was kept off of Hillary's Senate disclosure forms for 6 years.

The family foundation is based at the Clintons' Chappaqua, N.Y., home. Bill Clinton serves as its president, Hillary Clinton as secretary and treasurer, and daughter Chelsea as a director.

Between 2001 and 2006, the the Clintons put about $6 million into the foundation. The Clintons took a tax write-off for that money even though the foundation only gave away gave away about $2.5 million. foundation to other charities.

The Clinton Family Foundation gave $25,000 to the McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service in Mitchell, S.D., in early 2007. Did that have anything to do with McGovern's endorsement of Hillary in October? According to the Post, McGovern says no:

It was the furthest thought when I decided to endorse Hillary last October."

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