Amid a sharp drop in foreign donations following Hillary Clinton’s election loss, The Clinton Foundation is closing down its Clinton Global Initiative.
The Clinton Foundation announced that it would lay off 22 employees as part of “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative” when it filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice with the New York Department of Labor on Thursday.
The layoff will take effect April 15 the filing said.
CGI announced internally in September, ahead of Clinton’s stunning defeat, that dozens of employees would soon lose their jobs.
The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks released a trove of emails from the account of Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, exposing the foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 race.
Many of the emails, dating as far back as 2008, prompted critics to allege that the foundation’s clout was predicated on selling access to the Clintons, rather than philanthropic work.
Foreign governments who gave large contributions to the Clinton Foundation, including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Oman, UAE and Bahrain, received a striking increase in U.S. weapon exports from the State Department while Clinton served as secretary of state, according to a 2015 IBTimes investigative report.
Affirming criticism directed toward the Clinton Foundation, a number of foreign entities withdrew financing from the foundation immediately after Clinton lost the election.
The Clinton Foundation’s foreign arm went bust after Hillary lost!!!! It must have been cash for access>>> https://t.co/oyZDtbw9ve
— Andre Walker (@andrejpwalker) January 16, 2017
The Australian government announced in November it “has not renewed any of its partnership with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.”
The government of Norway decreased its annual donations to the Clinton Foundation from $20 million in 2015 to $4.2 million this year, suggesting the foreign government anticipated benefits in return for its magnanimous donation.
Clinton Foundation officials were only able to attract five new donors between July 1 and September 30, the Daily Caller reports, indicating potential contributors were intimidated by reports of the Clinton charity being under investigation by the FBI.
President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he will not pursue investigations into Clinton’s private email server of the Clinton Foundation. However, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, is currently pursuing a probe into the foundation.
The FBI concluded its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, but a second investigation into the Clinton Foundation regarding allegations of pay-to-play corruption during her tenure in the State Department is ongoing.
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