Amid a growing scandal poised to potentially derail Hillary Clinton’s fledgling presidential campaign, the nonprofit organization at the center of the controversy has come under significant scrutiny. In a recent blog post, Clinton Foundation Acting CEO and Senior Vice President Maura Pally addressed allegations that the organization accepted inappropriate foreign donations during Clinton’s time at the helm of the U.S. State Department.
She began her statement by defending the foundation against critics, noting that its “accomplishments stand on their own.”
Pally cited “fighting obesity” and addressing “one of our greatest global threats, climate change,” as two of the organization’s notable benefits to society.
Taking a page from Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric, Pally further touted the foundation’s “commitment to transparency.”
Despite that ostensible commitment, she did acknowledge that the Clinton Foundation dropped the ball regarding the release of donor names.
“So yes,” she concluded, “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. We are committed to operating the Foundation responsibly and effectively to continue the life-changing work that this philanthropy is doing every day.”
In attempting to explain the errors discovered in the foundation’s tax forms, Pally insisted that there was no discrepancy regarding the amount of money it received.
“Our total revenue was accurately reported on each year’s form,” she wrote, “—our error was that government grants were mistakenly combined with other donations.”
Regardless of her justification, however, critics on both the right and left are already predicting the scandal could spell the practical end of Clinton’s second White House bid.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.