Three Pinocchios for conflating Clinton personal wealth with donations to their charity

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    Aug 13, 2016 3:42 AM GMT
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/08/10/pro-trump-ad-suggests-clinton-foundation-donations-contributed-to-clintons-net-worth/It’s worth remembering that our knowledge of the Clintons’ speaking fees is because they have released 30 years of tax returns. Unlike any previous presidential candidate in the past four decades, Trump has refused to release his tax returns before the election.

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    Rebuilding America Now goes too far in this ad by suggesting that the Clintons were paid personally through their work with the Clinton Foundation that helped amass a combined net worth of more than $100 million.

    The countries listed in the ad show places where the Clintons either gave speeches for personal income or spoke on behalf of the Clinton Foundation in lieu of donations to the charity. There is no evidence that the Clintons personally pocketed the money. The super PAC points to evidence that Bill Clinton had his travel and related expenses covered by the foundation while he was on trips that combined foundation work, paid speeches and political events. But again, that’s not the same thing as making money off foundation work to pad the family’s net worth. Moreover, the $100 million net worth figure is questionable, and there is no explanation of how the super PAC arrived at the figure other than citing it from one opinion article.

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    Aug 13, 2016 3:52 AM GMT
    https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Pro-Trump-Super-PAC-s-New-Ad/237403?cid=cpfd_homeA super PAC supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released an attack ad Sunday claiming that Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton has gotten rich on the back of her family’s charity network, The Hill and PolitiFact write. Rebuilding America Now said the 30-second spot will air nationally before being targeted to battleground states Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.

    In the ad, a narrator states that after Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House, “a foundation was created and money started to roll. Speeches, connections, and donations.” The spot implies that as a result of the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with “misogynistic regimes, Wall Street insiders, [and] corrupt dictators,” the family is “now worth in excess of $100 million.”

    Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the Democratic nominee and her family take no salary from the foundation and that, unlike Mr. Trump, she has released tax returns disclosing her income. PolitiFact, which fact-checks candidates’ statements and campaign ads, rated the ad “Mostly False,” saying it far overstates the highest documented estimates of the Clintons’ wealth and does not say how the $2 billion the foundation has raised has enriched the couple personally.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicle_of_PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy is a magazine that covers the nonprofit world. Based in Washington, DC, it is aimed at charity leaders, foundation executives, fund raisers, and other people involved in philanthropy