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Clinton Foundation to drop dozens of employees: report

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The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) plans on laying off dozens of employees at year’s end, Politico reported Tuesday.

The report comes less than seven weeks before Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign culminates on Election Day and amid heightened scrutiny of Clinton’s ties to her family’s charitable foundation

Remaining CGI staff will continue working with donors, the report said.

The organization employed 200 full-time staffers at its peak, many of whom have sought or obtained new employment ahead of the planned changes.

“We informed CGI staff of this transition more than four months before the end of the year, and have provided information about CGI-related roles that will continue,” a Clinton Foundation spokesman told Politico.

“All full-time CGI employees will have their jobs with benefits at least through the end of the calendar year.”

Departing staff will receive “a wide range of resources that include career coaching, access to job leads in a variety of fields, and resume and job search strategy.”

The spokesman provided a blueprint for what the Clinton Foundation and its programs would do in the future.

“Staff will be performing a number of roles, including continuing to provide advice with respect to commitment development and commitment improvement, based on our commitment database and experience having previously developed over 3,600 commitments with our members, and continuing to facilitate introductions and partnerships between members.”

One of the former Clinton Foundation officials told Politico some current staffers were upset at the handling of the future layoffs.

“It was poorly managed, treated too glibly, patronizingly, completely lacking empathy at the fact that so many young people were going to be laid off,” the person said.

Another former official, meanwhile, said the Clinton Foundation would only hurt its public image by retaining CGI staff.

“[It’s a] bad idea,” they said of staff retentions. “I really think they should make a clean break, and apparently so do most staff.”

Tags CGI charities Clinton Foundation Clinton Global Initiative Democrats Hillary Clinton layoffs Politics

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