Behind that ‘four stars’ rating for the Clinton Foundation from Charity Navigator

Why do so many fail to notice the long string of people and organizations that end up ruined, their reputations in tatters, after playing along with various Clinton schemes?  Ask Webb Hubbell, once the highest of high flyers, mayor of Little Rock, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and head of the second largest law firm in the state.  He ended up a convicted felon. 

Democrats defending the Clinton Foundation have seized on the four-star rating conferred on the Clinton Foundation by nonprofit rating group Charity Navigator.  But that rating is shocking, compromised by the revelation that Charity Navigator has a record of accepting favors from the very powerful, very well connected Clinton Foundation.  Mark Tapscott reports for the Daily Caller News Foundation:

A non-profit group that has received favors from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), including a free membership that entitled its officials to rub elbows with world leaders, issued its top rating Thursday for the Clinton Foundation.

Charity Navigator awarded the Clinton Foundation four-stars based on an rating algorithm that scored the controversial non-profit with a 97.5 on financial issues and 93 on accountability and transparency. The new rating represented a boost for the foundation, as Charity Navigator had previously put it on its watch list due to concerns about its finances and transparency.

But the four-star rating had hardly been announced before the Associated Press reported that Charity Navigator was a member of the CGI from 2012 to 2014. The CGI is one of the Clinton Foundation’s best-known programs, as it regularly convenes glittering gatherings of celebrities, government officials and philanthropic stars.

The $20,000 CGI membership fee was waived for Charity Navigator, which reported it as an in-kind contribution, according to the AP. The news organization said Charity Navigator chairman Michael Thatcher claimed his group joined CGI “to mingle with world leaders and promote its ratings.”

Various sorts of people are willing to pay millions of dollars for the opportunity to mingle with the high and mighty assembled by the CGI or CF. To be on the freceiving end of such favors is an inherent conflict of interest.

If Charity Navigator wants to survive and retain credibility, it needs to withdraw this rating.

If the Clinton Foundation has been audited, it is news to me, and to Google, too.

Why do so many fail to notice the long string of people and organizations that end up ruined, their reputations in tatters, after playing along with various Clinton schemes?  Ask Webb Hubbell, once the highest of high flyers, mayor of Little Rock, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and head of the second largest law firm in the state.  He ended up a convicted felon. 

Democrats defending the Clinton Foundation have seized on the four-star rating conferred on the Clinton Foundation by nonprofit rating group Charity Navigator.  But that rating is shocking, compromised by the revelation that Charity Navigator has a record of accepting favors from the very powerful, very well connected Clinton Foundation.  Mark Tapscott reports for the Daily Caller News Foundation:

A non-profit group that has received favors from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), including a free membership that entitled its officials to rub elbows with world leaders, issued its top rating Thursday for the Clinton Foundation.

Charity Navigator awarded the Clinton Foundation four-stars based on an rating algorithm that scored the controversial non-profit with a 97.5 on financial issues and 93 on accountability and transparency. The new rating represented a boost for the foundation, as Charity Navigator had previously put it on its watch list due to concerns about its finances and transparency.

But the four-star rating had hardly been announced before the Associated Press reported that Charity Navigator was a member of the CGI from 2012 to 2014. The CGI is one of the Clinton Foundation’s best-known programs, as it regularly convenes glittering gatherings of celebrities, government officials and philanthropic stars.

The $20,000 CGI membership fee was waived for Charity Navigator, which reported it as an in-kind contribution, according to the AP. The news organization said Charity Navigator chairman Michael Thatcher claimed his group joined CGI “to mingle with world leaders and promote its ratings.”

Various sorts of people are willing to pay millions of dollars for the opportunity to mingle with the high and mighty assembled by the CGI or CF. To be on the freceiving end of such favors is an inherent conflict of interest.

If Charity Navigator wants to survive and retain credibility, it needs to withdraw this rating.

If the Clinton Foundation has been audited, it is news to me, and to Google, too.