New reporting on allegations that Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to sell access to major Clinton Foundation donors have led to a flood of calls from left-wing and center-left media for the Clintons to shut down their multibillion-dollar charity.
Below is a list of eleven of these establishment outlets and journalists urging the Clintons either to shutter the Foundation or pass off its assets to some other unaffiliated nonprofit.
- The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post began the week with a front page banner that read “Just Shut it Down.” The HuffPo headline linked to a New York Times article that shined the spotlight on several major Clinton Foundation donors who saw their multi-million dollar donations coincide with favorable federal actions while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
- The Washington Post
The Washington Post editorial board wrote Wednesday that “should Ms. Clinton win, all of that work and all of the foundation’s assets should be spun off to an organization with no ties to the first family.”
- USA Today
The USA Today editorial board said Wednesday that “the only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
- The New Yorker
Writing in The New Yorker, John Cassidy argues: “Rather than torpedoing the foundation, it would surely make more sense, at least for the duration of a Clinton Presidency, to separate it from its founding family and turn it into an independent organization run and overseen by people unconnected to the Clintons. The reforms that Bill Clinton announced on Monday go some way in this direction, but not far enough.”
- The Boston Globe
Last week, the Boston Globe editorial board asserted that “the Clintons should move now to end donations to the Foundation, and make plans to shut it down in November.”
Over the weekend, Slate senior writer Josh Voorhees wrote that “as long as Hillary Clinton is either running for the White House or running the country from inside it, she and her husband should temporarily shutter their foundation.”
- The Daily Beast
Daily Beast special correspondant Michael Tomasky wrote Tuesday that “The Clintons should shut the foundation down.”
- Huffington Post Senior Politics Editor Sam Stein
In an appearance Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Stein said, “[T]hey definitely need to shut this thing down or transfer it to the — to some other foundation. … I mean, can you imagine, the people she’s going to have to meet with as president, assuming she wins, it’ just going overlap constantly. We’ll have stories like this nonstop. There’s too much ethical murkiness here.”
- Huffington PostWashington bureau chief Ryan Grim
Grim took to Twitter on Monday and mocked the Clinton Foundation, writing: “If you shut down the Clinton Foundation. How would the world’s oligarchs achieve their main goal in life, eradicating disease and poverty??”
- Longtime Clinton ally and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell
Last week, Rendell told the New York Daily News he believes that if Hillary Clinton wins in November that the Clinton foundation should be disbanded. “It’d be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem.”
- New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait
Oft-celebrated left-wing columnist Jonathan Chait wrote last week that “the Clinton Foundation needs to die.”