From IJReview: The Clinton Foundation has been added to a charity watchlist that includes The American Red Cross and The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. The website, Charity Navigator, aggregates several instances of misconduct over time before officially adding charities to the watchlist.
As far as why the Clinton Foundation was added to the list, Charity Navigator cites several instances from reputable sources:
A Washington Post article from February states that while the foundation often received bipartisan support, “in posting its donor data, the foundation goes beyond legal requirements, and experts say its transparency level exceeds that of most philanthropies.”
“…at least 60 companies that lobbied the state department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of public and foundation disclosures.”
The next day, MarketWatch wrote that if Hillary did run for President, she would have to stop accepting money from foreign governments.
The same day, in an opinion piece, The New York Times wrote:
“…the need for Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her all but certified role as a Democratic presidential candidate, to reinstate the foundation’s ban against foreign contributors, who might have matters of concern to bring before a future Clinton administration.”
Politico then reported on a specific foreign contribution that Clinton accepted while Secretary of State:
“The Clinton Foundation failed to submit a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government to the state department for approval under an ethics agreement put in place as hillary clinton was being confirmed as secretary of state.”
In a separate article, Politico reported that the “Clinton Foundation’s CEO, Eric Braverman, quit abruptly only a year and half after his arrival at the foundation.”
Later in March, Philanthropy.com reported that Donna Shalala, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Bill Clinton, had succeeded Braverman as CEO.
Finally, The Wall Street Journal reported that while the foundation “agreed to not seek donations from other governments,” the money was still flowing in from individuals related to these organizations.
Charity Navigator is largely a site promoting other charities, but its watchlist falls in line with its mission statement:
“By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges.”
The Clinton Foundation was established in 1998 as an independent organization. Its income is currently estimated to be $277,805,820.