Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative will be eliminating dozens of jobs by the end of the year. The announcement comes following a whirlwind of controversy surrounding Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The exact number of staffers that will be eliminated has not been provided.
The foundation will keep some staffers who will work with donors, according to reports. The Initiative, which is administered by the Clinton Foundation, provides an example of what may happen if Clinton wins the presidency. Many experts suggest that the foundation will need to be closed if Clinton becomes president.
Politico reports that many staffers felt the announcement was given in an insensitive manner.
There are also questions surrounding the decision to keep staffers on to deal with donors. Former officials suggest that it will prompt more criticism of Hillary Clinton, as the staff remaining will deal with corporate and non-profit donors. The Clinton Foundation has been criticized as being a pay-to-play operation.
The foundation has been under scrutiny since the start of Clinton’s campaign, and many staffers have sought new jobs in recent months over concerns of layoffs. The foundation employed nearly 200 people at the peak of its operation.
The Clinton Global Initiative was founded in 2005, and is said to have helped 435 million people.