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Bill Clinton addresses charity donation controversy at campaign rally in Orlando

Posted at 5:37 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 19:21:46-04

Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife Wednesday in Orlando, and had no choice but to address growing controversy over donations to the Clinton Charities.

It all comes in the wake of a Scripps Corporation investigation that aired on WPTV and other Scripps outlets.

The story revealed issues when it comes to the charities' donors.

“We’re open and transparent, and we put a huge percentage of the donations right into work,” Clinton told the crowd gathered in Orlando.
 
However, many question that transparency. 
 
The three month Scripps news investigation revealed the Clinton charities ignore a law requiring them to disclose the money it receives from foreign donors.
 
The investigation showed New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has the power to force both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to disclose the names of foreign governments - and the money they donate – and the Clinton’s are not doing it.
 
Critics say it keeps the public in the dark over whether foreign governments had special access to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State - so called pay for play.
 
The Trump campaign wants a special prosecutor to investigate the charities.
 
Bill Clinton today did not directly address the Scripps report, but defended his charities and took a shot at Donald Trump - and his own pay for play controversy.
 
Trump is accused of donating $25,000 to a political group connected to to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013 -- who at the time was considering whether to open up a fraud investigation against Trump University. 
 
“I saw where her opponent attacked my foundation,” Clinton says.”I think that’s because he knew they were about to report that he used his foundation to give money to your attorney general, which is not legal”

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