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If you really want to go there, no one asked President George H.W. Bush to shut down his foundation when his son ran for and then won (well … was conceded) the presidency in 2000.  Neither did anyone suggest both H.W.’s and W’s foundations shut down when Jeb was running.  Where was the hue and cry? We have eschewed macros and graphics during this cycle because they are slick and often the sourcing is questionable.  Think this appears trustworthy.

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Then, since Jeb is, in fact, not the person running, there is this.
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There have been many Trump moves during this campaign that cause Hillary supporters to ask, “What if Hillary had done that?”  There are reports that Trump profited off the campaign in a few ways.  First by renting office space in Trump Tower to the campaign as headquarters and then by jacking up the rent.   Then there is the matter of his diverting campaign donations to buy $55,000 worth of his own book, from which he collected royalties, to stuff gift bags for delegates at the convention.

Delegates to the DNC who received free copies of Hard Choices in your gift bags, please raise your hands!  OH!  Nobody!

As to Trump’s tax returns, yet to be released, his son thinks this is a “bad idea” for the most outrageous of reasons.

Eric Trump: Dad Would Be ‘Foolish’ to Release Taxes

According to Eric Trump, it would be “foolish” for his father Donald to release his income-tax returns amid the presidential race. “You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things they know nothing about,” the 32-year-old spawn of the real-estate mogul said on CNBC Wednesday.

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So, wait a minute!  The thing all working and even many retired Americans are required to do once a year is going to confuse people?  Run that by us again?

To learn more about the Clinton Foundation go here >>>>

2014 Consolidated Expenditures

  • 87.2% Program Services
  • 8.6% Management and General
  • 3.7% Fundraising
  • 0.5% Provision for Uncollectible Pledges

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As for the talk about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “calendars” they can be found here, as published by the State Department,  for anyone who would like to go through the tedious process of checking out whom she met and when.

Why are the cable news folks not reporting Trump’s shenanigans?  What have we got to lose?  Her!

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Dear Friend,

When I left the White House in 2001 and returned to life as a private citizen, I wanted to continue working in areas I had long cared about, where I believed I could still make an impact.  That’s what the Clinton Foundation has tried to do, by creating opportunities and solving problems faster, better, at lower cost so that more people are empowered to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.  I am grateful to everyone in the U.S. and across the world who has been involved in our work, and especially grateful to Chelsea for her role in increasing scope and impact.

From day one, the Foundation has pursued its mission through partnerships with governments, the private sector, other foundations, and philanthropists, creating networks of cooperation that are focused on results.  In 2005, we convened the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to give people all over the world the chance to do the same thing.

These efforts have improved millions of lives around the world.  For example:

  • More than 11.5 million people in over 70 countries have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS drugs at 90 percent lower cost through our affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), including more than 800,000 children.  That’s more than half the adults and three quarters of the children on treatment today.
  • CHAI has also organized the training of thousands of health care workers as part of an effort to address critical shortages in poor countries and help others build strong, self-sufficient health systems, and expanded access to high-quality, low-cost treatment and diagnostics for many other diseases and conditions.
  • Through our work with the affiliated Alliance for a Healthier Generation, more than 18 million students in over 31,000 American schools, in every state, now have healthier food and more physical activity options, and our agreements with the beverage industry have reduced the caloric intake from drinks by 90 percent in the vast majority of U.S. schools.
  • Our Health Matters Initiative is working in six communities to improve health and has worked with innovative drug companies to help reverse opioid overdoses and combat prescription painkiller misuse by lowering the cost of autoinjection naloxone and making naloxone nasal spray available to every high school in the U.S. at no cost.
  • The Foundation’s Haiti initiative has promoted sustainable investment resulting in the planting of more than 5 million trees and removing a storm damaged tree services, the development of 5 new agricultural supply chains benefiting more than 4,000 smallholder farmers, and support for more than 20 entrepreneurial businesses.  And members of CGI’s Haiti Action Network have made more than 100 Commitments to Action to strengthen the health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors.
  • Our climate change projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33,500 tons annually across the U.S.  We’ve also partnered on reforestation and land restoration efforts in South America and East Africa, and are working with island nations to develop renewable energy projects and reduce dependence on expensive imported diesel and petroleum.
  • More than 500,000 people in Latin America are benefiting from social enterprises that connect people to job training, supply chains, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • More than 105,000 farmers in East Africa have dramatically increased their yields and their incomes.
  • And, through Too Small to Fail (TSTF), we are working with the faith-based community, pediatricians, community and business leaders, and Head Start educators to provide parents with resources in everyday settings to support their young children’s early brain and language development, and have reached 155,000 parents with tips through direct text messages.

I have found great joy in simple moments shared with people who are benefiting from our work: holding a baby who is alive and healthy because he now has access to AIDS medication; planting rows of seeds with smallholder farmers in Malawi and hearing about how our programs have lifted their incomes, enabling them to send their children to school and electrify their homes; meeting with female entrepreneurs in Peru who are earning a good living for the first time in their lives by providing essential goods to their remote communities.  This work has been my life for the last 15 years, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Since Hillary began her presidential campaign in 2015, Chelsea and I have made it clear that the work the Clinton Foundation started should continue if Hillary is elected, but that changes would be necessary.  While it would be presumptive to assume a victory in November, now that Hillary is her party’s nominee, it would be irresponsible not to plan for it.

If Hillary is elected president, the Foundation’s work, funding, global reach, and my role in it will present questions that must be resolved in a way that keeps the good work going while eliminating legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.  Over the last several months, members of the Foundation’s senior leadership, Chelsea, and I have evaluated how the Foundation should operate if Hillary is elected.  Throughout the process, our top priorities have been preserving our most important programs, supporting the people who work for the Foundation and its affiliated programs, and resolving legitimate conflict of interest questions.

If she is elected, we will immediately implement the following changes:  The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis.  And we will change the official name from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the Clinton Foundation.

While I will continue to support the work of the Foundation, I will step down from the Board and will no longer raise funds for it.

Much of the Foundation’s international work, like that of most global NGOs, is funded in part by donor governments’ bilateral aid programs.  If Hillary is elected, we will transition those programs out of the Foundation to other organizations committed to continuing their work.  Doing this in a way that ensures continuity and is respectful of all the employees working around the world will take time.  We will complete these transitions as soon as we can do so responsibly.

With respect to CHAI, I will step down from the Board. We, along with the CHAI Board, are additionally considering a range of options to ensure that its vital work will continue and will announce details soon.

The Clinton Foundation was originally established to build the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock, and the work there will continue regardless of the outcome of the election.  Since opening its doors 12 years ago, more than 4 million people have visited the Center and it has helped to inspire new generations of leaders—including through the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a bipartisan educational partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.  The Center has lived up to my vision and much more, including as an important educational and cultural resource and driver of economic growth for the Little Rock community.

Finally, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has accomplished even more than I dreamed when it began in 2005, and we’ve made the decision that the Annual Meeting this September will be the last, and that we will no longer hold our CGI America meetings.  Nine years ago in my book Giving, I wrote, “I want to continue these meetings for at least a decade, with the objective of creating a global network of citizen activists who reach across the divides of our interdependent world to build real communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and a genuine sense of belonging.”  That is exactly what CGI, its members, and its dedicated staff have done.

We started CGI to create a new kind of community built around the new realities of our modern world, where problem-solving requires the active partnership of government, business, and civil society.  We’ve brought together leaders from across sectors and around the world both to talk about our challenges, and to commit publicly to actually do something about them.  It was something different, but our bet paid off: there was a hunger for the chance to make an impact that brought together people and organizations with the resources to make a difference with people who have the knowledge and experience to turn good ideas into action.  Corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations began combining their strengths and finding entirely new approaches to old problems.  CGI quickly became an embodiment of what works best in the 21st-century world, and what has been behind all of the Clinton Foundation’s work since the very beginning: networks of cooperation.

This partnership model, which may seem self-evident today, was simply not how philanthropy and corporate responsibility worked over a decade ago.  Today, members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made more than 3,500 commitments that are already improving over 430 million lives in more than 180 countries.  These projects will continue to make an impact around the world and in the U.S.  The idea that working together beats going it alone has caught on well beyond our CGI community.

It’s been one of the great honors of my life to be part of this special community, and I hope the hard work and benefits of CGI’s great staff and its members’ creative cooperation will keep rippling out into the world.  The commitment model has been adopted by other forums and I hope that more will do so, or that new organizations will arise to do this work.  While this year will be the last for the CGI Annual Meeting and CGI America, I hope and believe we can and should preserve CGI University (CGI U), our meeting that brings university students together to develop innovative solutions to important challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to continuing CGI U and all of the activities of the Clinton Presidential Center, the Foundation will also continue those domestic programs that can be maintained with the funding restrictions we announced today.

The process of determining the Clinton Foundation’s future if Hillary becomes President has not been easy.  It’s an unprecedented situation, so there’s no blueprint to follow.  Part of what has made the Foundation successful over the last 15 years has been our understanding that solving problems and creating opportunities faster, better, and in the most cost-effective way sometimes means changing course.

Working alongside so many passionate people around the world who share our goals and believe in our approach has made these 15 years one of the most rewarding chapters of my life, as I know it has been for Chelsea.  While my role in that work will change, the work itself should continue because so many people are committed to it and so many more are relying on it.

Chelsea and I are very proud of what the Clinton Foundation, its affiliates, and its partners have accomplished, and we are profoundly grateful to the staff, to those who have funded our work, and to all the people with whom we have worked and from whom we have learned so much.  We will try to be faithful to them, their values, and their work in effecting this transition as quickly and effectively as possible.

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton

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The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

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HFA Statement on Donald Trump’s Clinton Foundation Attacks

Hillary for America Chair John Podesta released the following statement:

“The Foundation has already laid out the unprecedented steps the charity will take if Hillary Clinton becomes president.  Donald Trump needs to come clean with voters about his complex network of for-profit businesses that are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to big banks, including the state-owned Bank of China, and other business groups with ties to the Kremlin. Donald Trump should stop hiding behind fake excuses and release his tax returns  and immediately disclose the full extent of his business interests. He must commit to fully divesting himself from all of his business conflicts to ensure that he is not letting his own financial interests affect decisions made by his potential administration.”

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Hillary began March on a date with Bill Clinton to see the musical Hamilton, then playing Off-Broadway.  It since has moved to The Great White Way and is a huge hit.

The Clintons lost another friend when Rev. Theodore Hesburgh passed away.

The media, and particularly the New York Times, launched what would become a season or more of attacks based on Hillary’s use of a private email server.  These were regularly deflected by the State Department, Media Matters, and members of Hillary’s own team who came to her defense. Hillary herself addressed the issue several times and insisted that she wanted the public to see her emails.   Since that time, many have been released by the State Department and news sources continue to pour over them.

Hillary continued her active public speaking career with participation in CGIU, a No Ceilings event with Chelsea and Melinda Gates, the annual U.N. Women’s Empowerment event (where the media paid far more attention to a brief presser she gave on the sidelines about – yep – her emails), a surprise visit to eBay execs in San Jose, California, and what was to become the final professional speaking engagement for the duration addressing camp professionals in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Near the end of March, she keynoted the Toner Award event in D.C.

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Hillary also continued being recognized with awards and honors.  Emily’s list bestowed their We Are Emily Award on her and  Irish America Magazine inducted her into their Hall of Fame.
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Over the course of the month,  Hillary became very active on Twitter speaking out on a variety of issues.  This attention to current events on social media added to the weaning off of scheduled paid speaking events signaled that change was in the air.  Meanwhile the House Select Committee on Benghazi continued beating their drums and ended the month insisting that she testify in private rather than publicly.  It was becoming clear that there was an impending campaign and the Republicans in Congress intended to head it off or inflict damage by using their sworn sacred duty for dirty political purposes.  That was lost on no one here or anywhere in the Hillary world.

Here are the archives for March 2015 >>>>

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Jimmy Kimmel, who joined the Clintons at the CGI 2014 Closing Plenary, will host Hillary Thursday night marking her third appearance on the late night big three since launching her campaign.  She is in  southern California for some heavy-duty fundraising.

Friday night, Rachel Maddow will moderate a Democratic Forum from South Carolina.

Rachel Maddow to moderate Democratic candidates forum

Rachel Maddow announces that she has been selected to moderate the First in the South Candidates Forum with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, to be held in South Carolina on November 6th, co-sponsored by the Democratic Parties of 13 southern states.

So set your DVRs!
 

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In 2014, CNN’s Erin Burnett has hosted a conversation at the Clinton Global Initiative.  She devoted last night’s program to CGI 2015, which wrapped up yesterday, and spent the hour interviewing Bill Clinton.

It is impossible for Bill Clinton to be before TV cameras without being asked about Hillary and the 2016 campaign.  That was the case last night.  He pointed out weaknesses in Republican debate and campaign substance saying that so far all he has heard are claims of who hates and blames Democrats more.  He asked, “What would you actually do?”

Is there an Americans who has not heard Donald Trump claim that Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state … ever?  Burnett played that remark for Hillary’s loving husband who nearly spewed the water he was sipping and launched into a litany of Hillary’s accomplishments (a host of which are listed here addressed to Carly Fiorina).

He mentioned  the New START treaty, about which everyone on both sides of the aisle appears to have developed amnesia.  This was the exchange of instruments of ratification.

He talked about her phenomenal success in exponentially increasing PEPFAR’s effectiveness without increasing costs.  (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief began as a George W, Bush administration initiative.)

Directly contradicting Trump’s claim that Hillary lost friends for us,  WJC said that all of the countries that benefited from the PEPFAR efforts liked us a lot after her work and that our approval rating was 20% higher when she left office than when she arrived.

And there were the Iran sanctions.  He told Burnett and the audience that even people who do not like the agreement liked the sanctions.

At the end of July,  Hillary was “Skimmed.”   That day, the newsletter mentioned  that all of the candidates would be “Skimmed.”  Today it was Marco Rubio’s turn, and he said this.

THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

When I’m president, we’ll cancel it on my first day in office. We’ll reimpose the sanctions that are on the books. I’ll ask Congress to increase them on every sector of their economy. And it’ll make it very clear to Iran, if they want a peaceful nuclear program, they have to pursue it the way South Korea does, the way Japan does, by importing the enriched material. And if they try to build weapons, we’re going to destroy their weapons program.

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Hillary has called canceling the agreement reckless, but at least he liked the sanctions. Clearly, once the Republicans really get into issues as opposed to their sterling and stunning resumés, the Iran agreement will be one of the hot-button issues.

I thought this might be a good juncture at which to share again a 2010 article from Esquire by Tom Junod who has said more than once that yes he would … he certainly would vote for her.

Apr 22, 2010

Inside Secretary Clinton’s Iran Strategy: Forget the Gates Memo Flap — We Have a Plan

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I felt better about myself as an American after spending time with Hillary Clinton for the profile of her that appears in the May issue of Esquire. Seriously. It’s not just the obvious — it’s not just the fact that she never appears so quintessentially American, as simultaneously Daisy-Millerish and Tracy-Flickish, as when she stands smiling on a stage with a bunch of European guys with permanent five-o’clock shadows. It’s not even that I wind up applauding my country for producing a woman whose genius is for a kind of can-do level-headedness that somehow manages to drive both enemies and admirers around the bend. No, it’s that after traveling to Montreal, London, and Paris with the secretary of state — after listening to three of her speeches and attending at least a dozen diplomatic ceremonies and then interviewing her — I’m a little less concerned than I was about the problem of American power. And because of Hillary Clinton, we should all be a lot less concerned about the problem of a nuclear Iran (no matter the war games nor the cautious talk).

But first, let’s face it: The problem with American power is that there seems to be less of it these days. We’re fighting wars we can’t win and incurring debts we can’t pay, and the upshot of all that is that we can’t tell other countries what to do. “You have to approach this [diplomacy] with humility,” Secretary Clinton told me. “Even if you think we’re right — and in fact I do believe we’re right about the major issues — you can’t just assert it.” Now, on the face of it that sounds like a pretty standard, Obama-era formulation, right down to the encoded reference to the Bush administration, whose policy of diplomacy-by-assertion only wound up making us look at once decisive and ineffectual — decisively ineffectual, if you will. But the thing that makes it also a classic Hillary formulation is the parenthetical insistence that she, and we, are right. She has never been given to apology, and while this has caused her some problems politically — think the Iraq war vote — it serves her well as President Obama’s secretary of state. She does not give you the sense, as Obama sometimes does, that she’s conducting foreign policy in expiation of the sins of the previous administration, or for that matter of the previous 234-odd years of American history. She’s not guilty about anything, least of all American power, and standing next to her is like standing next to a Minuteman missile — you can have all sorts of opinions about her, but ultimately you’re glad that she’s one of ours.

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Going forward into the debates and the next phase of the campaign, Junod’s articles are handy pieces for us all to keep in our back pockets.

I see a lot of cheering. “Hillary 2016”  “I will vote for her!”  “She will be our next president!”  We need to arm ourselves for the battles.  Yesterday I shared an article from HuffPo explaining how doctored video footage was used to eradicate ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in 2010 and is being used  do the same thing to Planned Parenthood now.  That article also explained how manufactured information is used against the Clintons.

It time to move on from the sloganeering and find out whence potential attacks might emanate and what the facts are.  A great many people who are supporting Hillary know very little about what she has done.  We welcome new teammates.  Junod’s article is a good place to start getting proficient in Hillary Clinton foreign policy.  Today is a great day to begin.

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“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones” – Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene ii

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Most of us who follow the Clinton Foundation work do so via the foundation website, their Facebook posts,  and newsletters in our inboxes.   I really never gave much of a thought to the fact that headlines do not cover their extensive work even while the Clintons messaged us to look at the trend lines in contrast to the headlines.

“Underneath the headlines, the trend lines are going in our direction. You must not be discouraged by the fact that doing good is not often considered good news.”

– President Bill Clinton

We are accustomed to the media blackout on foundation efforts.  We message each other when President or Chelsea Clinton will appear on late night or early morning TV to talk about the tremendous work they have seen in the course of a CGI or after the annual foundation summit.  There is always that odd question poking through in a corner of the mind: Why doesn’t this work receive more coverage?

When the foundation came under attack in the lead up to the release of Clinton Cash, we were forewarned by Hillary’s campaign that the book was a litany of unfounded allegations.   As Bill and Chelsea Clinton toured foundation-backed initiatives in Africa in the days leading to CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) Middle East & Africa, the attention the press did bother to pay did not focus on the distribution of hearing aids or the battles against blindness, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  Instead, what space they did devote implied that the bucks were dirty and therefore so was the travel and work.

It was true serendipity.  I stumbled on this article from five days ago when I was searching for something else.  Mysteriously,  it did not not arrive amid the flurry of Clinton Foundation tagged articles in my news feeds on the heels of the release of Clinton Cash.

In a masterful and concise piece, Joe Conason takes the media to task for the blinders they wear and the blunders they commit in under reporting the work of the Clinton Foundation and making fast work, in their signature manner, of condemning the Clintons when the facts do not bear out the fictions.

When They Scream ‘Clinton Scandal,’ Wait For The Facts

By Joe Conason – May 10, 2015

A very strange thing has happened to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Suddenly, journalists who never paid the least attention to the foundation’s work over the past decade or so — and seemed content to let the Clintons and their associates try to do some good in the world — proclaim their concern about the foundation’s finances, transparency and efficiency. Commentators with very little knowledge of any of the foundation’s programs, still unable to distinguish the Clinton Global Initiative from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, confidently denounce the entire operation as suspect.

What provoked this frenzy of ignorance and indignation, of course, is the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton for president of the United States. Partisan adversaries of the former secretary of state have been working overtime, subsidized by millions of dollars in Republican “dark money,” to construct a conspiratorial narrative that transforms her husband’s good works into dirty deals. (Transparency is evidently required of the Clintons, but not of their critics.)

The main product of that effort, delivered by media mogul Rupert Murdoch amid a din of promotion in mainstream and right-wing media, is “Clinton Cash,” written by a former Bush speech writer named Peter Schweizer.

Compressing lengthy timelines, blurring important distinctions, and sometimes simply inventing false “facts,” Schweizer has attempted to transform the Clinton Foundation from an innovative, successful humanitarian organization into a sham institution that sells public favors for private gain.

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Many thanks to Joe Conason and Real Clear Politics for shining a light on dark and murky journalistic practices.

This just in from the Clinton Foundation.

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Right now, we’re in the final hours of our Unlocking Potential fundraising drive, where we are scaling what’s working well in Africa to reach more communities around the world.

We are changing lives through lasting solutions – but our work isn’t done. Last week President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited the Foundation’s work in Africa, where we saw how technology is being used to help Kenyans fight climate change, and we spoke with community leaders about expanding secondary education for women and girls to open up a world of opportunity.

But there are still millions of people who need our help making real progress for themselves and their communities.

Contribute now and help us change more lives. We need 400 donors by MIDNIGHT:

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation of $5 or more to our Unlocking Potential fundraising drive before midnight.

Donate now to help Unlock Potential.In Africa, we saw firsthand the innovations that are driving positive change. The Foundation’s newest Anchor Farm project in Tanzania is replicating our success in Malawi, where thousands of farmers have increased their incomes – making it possible for more children to go to school and for more families to access health care, often for the first time.

We have the trend lines moving in the right direction, but there are still barriers preventing millions of people from living their best lives. Be one of 400 donors to help us Unlock Potential and reach more people now:

Click here to donate to help President Clinton, Chelsea, and our entire team change more lives.

Thanks,

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