It would seem that the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will be coming to an end, due to plans to lay off its last group of employees in the next few months.
The Clinton Foundation issued a WARN filing with the New York Department of Labor, saying that 22 CGI employees will lose their jobs due to the “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initative.” This has reportedly become the subject of a significant dispute within the Foundation in terms of how the layoffs ought to be handled.
During the election, revelations about the Clinton Foundation invited concerns about “pay-to-play” practices at the State Department. The CGI was engulfed in these condemnations, with critics saying that wealthy foreign donors could influence Hillary Clinton and the government through their contributions.
Clinton’s team argued that the Foundation contributed to a variety of international charity projects, though it remained a subject of criticism throughout the election.
According to The Daily Caller, it was announced back in September that the CGI would start laying off a number of staffers. Separately, the New York Observer reported that the CGI has seen a decrease in foreign donations while suggesting that contributors were more interested in Clinton access than charity.
It is worth noting that the Observer is owned by Jared Kushner, who is both son-in-law and upcoming senior adviser to President-Elect Donald Trump.
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