Welcome to McClatchy’s Voter Survival Guide, an interactive presentation of daily events from one of the strangest presidential campaigns in modern history.
The Clinton Foundation comes under scrutiny again
The Clinton campaign is rushing to defend the Clinton Foundation after an Associate Press report found half of the people who met with Hillary Clinton while Secretary of State also donated to the Foundation.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook called the report cherry-picking, suggesting AP only took a fraction of Clinton’s meetings into consideration. "This is a woman who met with over 17,000 world leaders, countless other government officials, public officials in the United States. And they've looked at 185 meetings and tried to draw a conclusion from that,” he said.
She met with noted people like a Nobel economist. That’s who’s on the AP list.
Clinton chief strategist Joe Benenson on the AP’s reporting about Clinton Foundation donations.
Still, following a growing body of work about the Foundation, Donald Trump, The Boston Globe editorial board, the Charlotte Observer editorial board and more are calling on it to shut down or stop accepting donations should the Democratic nominee become president.
For context, here’s a brief review of the investigative reporting about the Clinton Foundation and its money.
Is Hillary Clinton “riding out” the clock?
According to reporting in Politico, Clinton may be trying to “run out the clock” on several of the controversies inundating her campaign.
“That doesn’t mean no response,” one Clinton insider reportedly said, just “a muted one rather than a five-alarm fire.”
Clinton proposes a plan to fund to deal with Zika
Clinton is proposing a “Public Health Rapid Response Fund” aimed at providing financial relief during disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. The fund would allocate money to HHS, the CDC, FEMA, and state and local health departments and hospitals.
“The Zika virus has gained a foothold in Miami, and 183 people have already been infected in the city — infections that may have been preventable,” she said in statement that also mentioned the Ebola outbreak.
Clinton didn’t say where the money for such a fund would come from, or how much would be in it — other than she’d like for it to have “consistent, year-to-year budgets.”
I do support the creation of a fund so that, in case of a future pandemic or outbreak, we can move on it without having to have all these votes in Congress.
Sen. Marco Rubio on Clinton’s proposed financial relief program for public health emergencies.
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