From BizPac: Birds of a feather, or just plain money-hungry?
When accusations of sexual misconduct began surfacing about Bill Cosby, organizations having any association with him began distancing themselves from the actor-comedian.
“Colleges and universities have scrubbed the formerly-beloved TV dad’s name from their buildings. Others have rescinded honorary degrees given to Cosby and more have returned donations he has provided,” reported The Daily Caller.
With charges formally announced in a Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday, the heat for groups to disassociate themselves from Cosby has risen through the stratosphere — except for one: The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
It received between $1,001 and $5,000 from Cosby.
The Daily Caller reported:
Even as dozens of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the past several decades, the charity declined to relinquish the Cosby cash. And in a particularly awkward interview in July, Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri hemmed and hawed when asked whether the Foundation would return the money.
“It’s, you know, wealthy people giving money to help poor people,” Palmieri said. “Uh, we think that’s, uh, that’s a positive thing.”
Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin asked her if she saw any reason for ther foundation to return the donation to the disgraced comedian.
“I mean, I think that you should, uh, uh, like the Foundation can also speak to this,” Palmieri replied.
In April, one of the country’s most influential charity watchdog groups placed the Clinton Foundation on its list of problematic nonprofits because of its sloppy record keeping.
Charity Navigator reported that the foundation took in $140 million in donations, only $9 million — less than seven percent — went out in direct aid.