A day after the Clinton Foundation acknowledged mistakes in how it disclosed its donors, a representative with the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday accused the Clintons of playing by their own rules.
Maura Pally, the acting CEO for the foundation started by former President Clinton and current 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted to the mistakes in a post on the foundation’s website on Sunday that the charity made errors reporting donations from foreign governments in its taxes.
“[Y]es, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future,” Pally writes. “We are committed to operating the foundation responsibly and effectively to continue the life-changing work that this philanthropy is doing every day.”
But Raffi Williams, a spokesman for the RNC, excoriated the Clintons in an email statement to NewsOne, saying the error hurts Clinton’s credibility as a presidential candidate.
“The Clinton Foundation’s tax errors highlight how the Clinton’s think they play by different rules than the rest of us,” Williams states. “American voters expect the president to be honest and trustworthy, something Clinton has proved time and time again she is not. With each new scandal building it is not surprising that the more voters learn about Clinton, the less they trust her.”
The Clinton campaign declined to comment to NewsOne about the issue, which comes on the heels of controversy over the former secretary of state’s use of her personal email for official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Email-gate was further complicated after it was learned that all emails were permanently deleted from the private server she used to do official business as secretary of state.
Clinton in March said she used a private domain for her official work during her time at the State Department out of “convenience,” but said in retrospect “it would have been better” to use multiple email accounts, although she hadn’t broken any rules.
The latest scandal over foundation taxes arrives via a report by Reuters that Clinton’s family charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a review by the news agency found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.
Indeed, the Clintons are in a long-running battle with the perception of wrongdoing, which stems from their unwavering political ambition. Clinton far outstrips any potential Democratic candidate and stands miles away from declared Republican presidential candidates U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. But she stands toe-to-toe in a matchup with GOP Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday.
But the poll also shows voters question her trustworthiness. About 54 percent – more than a majority – of Americans said the former secretary of state was “not trustworthy.” Only 38 percent said she was.
Not good for someone aspiring to become president of the United States.
So while the tax errors were made by the Clinton Foundation, which carries the Clinton imprimatur, Hillary Clinton is going to have to speak out or risk being chewed up by the gnashing weight of perception.
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