The Clinton Global Initiative will officially close its doors on April 15, 2017, and this will mark the end of an organization that has been plagued with accusations of being a slush fund and a pay-to-play scheme. The closing comes after WikiLeaks and others revealed details of the CGI’s alleged shady practices.
The Clinton Foundation began its Clinton Global Initiative in 2005 as a means to have a networking platform, but the aims and goals of the Clinton Global Initiative have always been somewhat vague and difficult to deduce. The Foundation’s website describes how Bill Clinton established the initiative in order to create “positive change around the world.”
“Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges.”
On January 12, paperwork filed with the New York Department of Labor showed the official “discontinuation” of the Clinton Global Initiative, and the termination of 22 employees, as reported by the Washington Times.
The Vice President for the Manhattan Republican Party, Brian Morgenstern, explained that in his opinion, those who believed that the Clinton Global Initiative was a slush fund and a pay-to-pay scheme were essentially correct as governments had stopped or drastically reduced their their donations once it was accepted that Hillary Clinton would not be president.