Though she has yet to officially announce her intentions, Hillary Clinton is already the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. With this status comes scrutiny, some of which has centered on her family’s foundation. In particular, the Clinton Foundation has faced recent criticism for its fundraising practices, including receiving funds from foreign donors and even foreign governments. Rick Cohen excellently outlined these concerns and their ramifications in Nonprofit Quarterly.
Clinton’s likely opposition has signaled an intention of making these concerns a central political critique. Most notably, Jeb Bush, the Republican frontrunner, recently provided a two-word summary of Hillary Clinton when asked for word association: “foreign fundraising.”
Barring any new and salacious discoveries, however, there are reasons to suspect that the Clinton Foundation critiques will not have political staying power, especially if Jeb Bush is the Republican nominee. (Too early for such speculation? Probably, yes, but prediction markets place Bush and Clinton as the clear favorites.) The reasons concerns about the Clinton Foundation may fade, in my view, are threefold.