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It just depends on what his meaning of "the poor" is, I guess.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his family's foundation amid mounting conflict-of-interest questions, claiming there's nothing "sinister" at work -- while saying he might consider stepping down as foundation president if his wife wins the presidency.
Clinton addressed the issue during an interview aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The interview comes as media reports raise questions about donors potentially benefiting from their relationship with the Clintons.
But Clinton described the criticism as a "very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down."
"And there's almost no new fact that's known now that wasn't known when she ran for president the first time," he said.
As for the foundation's work, Clinton said there's nothing "sinister" in trying to get wealthy people and countries to spend money in a way that helps the poor.
Because devoting a mere 6½% of its budget to charitable work is the very model of altruism, or something.
The Clinton Foundation's finances are so messy that the nation's most influential charity watchdog put it on its "watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month.
The Clinton family's mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.
The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
In all, the group reported $84.6 million in "functional expenses" on its 2013 tax return.
"It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons," said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group where progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout was once an an organizing director.
Gee, I wonder how anyone could get that impression?
The Clintons are just Plain Folks. And they're "broke," remember?
Clinton also said he will continue to speak at events if asked. Some people have questioned his paid speaking engagements, which can command as much as $500,000 or more.
"I've got to pay our bills," he said.
It's tough being a Clinton. No wonder Hillary is running for president, she
needs the paycheck, to help, uh, "the poor."
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