Things You Hear on NPR: Hillary Clinton’s Scandals Are All the More Reason She Should Get in the Race!
March 13, 2015
LIASSON: That’s right. The Clintons’ family foundation took money from foreign governments while she was secretary of state. Now, most of them were ongoing commitments that had been made before she joined the Obama administration, but one donation — $500,000 from the government of Algeria for Haitian earthquake relief — was made during her tenure. And this has struck many people as a conflict of interest and, again, it revived all the old Clinton tropes — the rules don’t apply to them, they’re blind to appearances of impropriety, conflict of interest, it looks like pay-to-play, and it reminded people of the fundraising scandals of the 1990s.
MONTAGNE: And, Mara, does all this add up to anything when looking at a likely Clinton presidential run?
LIASSON: Well, it’s not a huge problem, but it is a problem, and it shows that she probably needs a campaign structure. She needs people in place who can help her avoid problems like this and or handle them more aggressively when they do arise. I’m told she is considering starting an exploratory committee soon, maybe next month.