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Federal Trade Commission Dodges Marsha Blackburn’s Request to Investigate Clinton Foundation

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, D.C. – In April 2016, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by twenty-one of her colleagues in sending a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairwoman Edith Ramirez asking her to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s nonprofit charitable status in light of pending scandals.

In her letter, Blackburn explained that the Clinton Foundation might not have spent its money on charitable work and failed to disclose money it was getting from foreign governments. To read the full letter, click here.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn
U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

Congressman Blackburn received a mailed response from FTC chairwoman Ramirez dismissing the claims and stating in part, “When the Commission can establish that an entity claiming to be a charity is in fact operating to profit itself or its members, i.e., is a ‘sham charity,’ the Commission can bring an enforcement action against the entity for making deceptive representations to donors.”

In response, Blackburn states, “The lack of transparency by the Clinton Foundation raises issues of deception and false claims. In our letter, we lay out a number of reports that have put the Clinton Foundation on a ‘Watch List’, questioned its transparency and accountability, and found it to be an ‘atypical business model.’

“The FTC’s response is inconsistent with their mission and precedent. It appears they took the easy route of sending back a form letter rather than truly investigating an issue that is of compelling public interest. The allegations swirling around the Foundation are very serious and should be thoroughly vetted. This is an issue of fairness and accountability that needs to be addressed,” Blackburn said.

To read the FTC’s full response, click here.

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