GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, Forgets To Mention Her Own Extensive Involvement

By KAY STEIGER, Think Progress


Carly Fiorina with Bill Clinton at a Clinton Foundation event last year

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton and her family’s foundation for allegations that it has accepted money from foreign governments at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment. And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest,” Fiorina said at the event in the D.C. area, referring to a report published by the Washington Post on Wednesday evening. The report found that the Clinton Foundation had accepted millions of dollars from foreign governments for charitable causes while Secretary Clinton was at the State Department and such donations violate the State Department’s ethics agreement.

“I will say this, if Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least she would have a hitch in her swing,” Fioria went on to say.

But Fiorina may have a hitch of her own. She failed to mention during her speech that she appeared at a Clinton Foundation event in Denver last year and is on the advisory board of one organization and the chair of another that have an active commitments to the foundation.

The commitments to the Clinton Foundation come from the The National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has agreed to put $3.7 million toward creating “an exhibition space near the National Mall in Washington, DC to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in America” and “programs to reach 50,000 youth with in-person experiences that foster interest in entrepreneurship,” and Good 360, which partnered with Hilton Worldwide in “finding alternative ways to recycle, donate, or reuse waste instead of sending it to the landfill” for a $2 million commitment.

Fiorina appeared on a panel at the Clinton Foundation’s event in Denver last year on economic opportunities, a panel that also had President Bill Clinton.

You can view video of the panel:

Fiorina voiced her opposition on that panel to raising the minimum wage. “I think there’s no question that if you’re making minimum wage you think you want to make more. On the other hand, the sad truth is that raising the minimum wage will hurt those who are looking for entry-level jobs,” she said, pointing out that women and young African-American men are often the “last hired and first fired.” She also blamed “crony capitalism” for increasing inequality in America.

Fiorina has been rumored to be plotting a presidential run for the 2016 Republican nomination, though she has only run for office once before, when she lost to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). During that race, she struggled to name solutions to cutting spending during an appearance on Fox News and said she didn’t “think John McCain could run a major corporation,” but she didn’t think any other presidential candidate could run a corporation either.

Though Fiorina did run a major corporation, her time there was troubled, and the board eventually forced her out. After her departure, the company’s stock jumped 6.9 points. “The stock is up a bit on the fact that nobody liked Carly’s leadership all that much,” one analyst told CNN Money at the time.


Reprinted with permission from Think Progress a branch of The Center for American Progress