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Citizens United's Letter to the Clinton Foundation

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As you are aware, media reports have confirmed that the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from foreign governments and other foreign entities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. I write on behalf of the 500,000 members of Citizens United nationwide who are concerned that these donations open the door to conflicts of interests that could jeopardize U.S. national security now or in the future....
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  • May 13, 2015 Mr. Bruce Lindsey Chairman of the Board Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 42nd Floor New York, NY 10020 Dear Mr. Lindsey, As you are aware, media reports have confirmed that the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from foreign governments and other foreign entities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. I write on behalf of the 500,000 members of Citizens United nationwide who are concerned that these donations open the door to conflicts of interests that could jeopardize U.S. national security now or in the future. During Secretary Clinton’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2009, then-committee Chairman John Kerry voiced concern that Secretary Clinton’s foreign travel on behalf of the U.S. Government and President Clinton’s foreign travel on behalf of the Clinton Foundation could raise questions if the points of destination ever intersected: “If you are traveling to some country and you meet with the foreign leadership, and a week later or two weeks later or three weeks later the president travels there and solicits a donation, and they pledge to give at some point in the future, but nobody knows, is there an appearance of a conflict?” I agreed with then-Senator Kerry’s concerns and continue to now that Secretary Clinton is an official candidate for the presidency of the United States. In light of the fact it’s been recently stated that President Clinton will continue to be “completely focused right now on the foundation,” not only should the Clinton Foundation disclose all of President Clinton’s foreign travel from this point forward, but also release details of his foreign travel during Secretary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
  • As President Clinton and Secretary Clinton both profess to be strong proponents of transparency and public disclosure, compliance with this request by the Clinton Foundation would be a significant step in showing that the Clintons are sensitive to American’s concerns on both sides of the aisle who are trying to understand the unique scenario of how to balance a former President’s work around the world with a spouse’s foreign policy positions and what happens when those interests diverge. I look forward to hearing from you on this important issue. Sincerely,               David N. Bossie President Cc: Ms. Maura Pally Mr. Scott Curran 2   
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