One of Hillary Clinton’s family charities is being accused by the U.S. Republican Party of misuse of funds. The Republican Party made a formal complaint against the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation after they exacted that the charity was not in a position to refile erroneous tax returns. The Republican wants the Internal Revenue Service to audit the said charity.
Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Foundation is an organization that was founded in the year 2001 by the former President of the U.S. Bill Clinton. It is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” The Clinton Foundation’s main focus is on making sure that everyone has access to good health and wellness globally, giving women and girls more opportunities in a male-dominated world, better economic opportunities and effects of climate change.
The Clintons have been in the limelight since Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 Presidential campaign. Earlier this year, a faction of the Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative, said that it had given out a biased report about the expenditure of their health program by millions of dollars. This report entailed information about tax returns for the year 2012 -2013. The money had been funded by both the government and non-government donors.
After being discovered by Reuters, The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) stated that they were going to amend their 990 forms. CHAI’s spokeswoman Maura Daley said that redoing the filing wasn’t necessary because the errors had no material impact but that the group wanted to achieve maximum accountability.
Reince Priebus, the Chairman of Republican National Committee wrote a letter to John Koskinen, IRS Commissioner, disagreeing with CHAI’s claims. “The American people deserve to know whether the largest philanthropic arm of the Clinton Foundation continues to misreport the funds it receives from foreign governments, and whether this might lead to the potential for further conflicts of interest,” said Priebus.
Maura Daley refused to say anything concerning what Priebus said and continued to say that “CHAI does not believe a refilling is necessary.” Maura said that the total income for the two years was correctly reported. According to Daley, the only mistake was reporting government funds incorrectly.
The Republicans say that the Clinton charities are mostly funded by foreign governments. The biased reporting may tarnish Clinton’s image, but she dismissed those claims, saying that this was a pointless political attack. Clinton has resigned from the foundation and left her husband and daughter to run the organization during her run for the presidency.