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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Clinton Foundation growing pains and a concern for the future

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

OUT OF AFRICA: A Clinton Foundation photo of the former president and his daughter on a recent visit to foundation-supported projects in Africa. Chelsea Clintons emerging role in the foundation and leadership changes aimed at building permanence for the foundation after Bill Clinton is gone are commanding attention internally and in the press.
  • OUT OF AFRICA: A Clinton Foundation photo of the former president and his daughter on a recent visit to foundation-supported projects in Africa. Chelsea Clinton's emerging role in the foundation and leadership changes aimed at building permanence for the foundation after Bill Clinton is gone are commanding attention internally and in the press.

The New York Times today has an extensive story today about the Clinton Foundation, a topic with obvious Arkansas interest because of its comparatively small, if important, tentacle in Arkansas.

Newspaper readers may have noticed a version of this article in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It was an edited version of the longer report in the Times that I've linked above.

As the story notes, competitive personalities and a certain amount of chaotic management are reminiscent of the Clinton White House years. Concern for the organization's future after the chief rainmaker, the former president, passes on is a big part of the story. Also political complications; a pecking order and potential conflicts among contributors, and Hillary Clinton's political future.

I'll otherwise leave it at that on account of personal conflict. As I've mentioned before, my daughter now works at the Foundation. She's just returned home to New York after three weeks of work on HIV and agriculture development projects in Malawi and Tanzania. Her descriptions of her work are not glamorous, but they are inspiring to a proud father.

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