With news that the Clinton Foundation's travel expenses have spiked significantly after Hillary Clinton's post-State Department return to the group, accounting for as much as 10% of the organization's total spending, the America Rising PAC is calling for the foundation to release records addressing their spending practices.
Via Politico, it seems charity begins both at home and when you're leaving home, if you're a Clinton.
The travel expenses were nearly double the total in previous years. The filing indicates that the increase was related to the Clinton Global Initiative, which was spun off as a separate entity during the four years Hillary Clinton was secretary of state to avoid conflicts of interest, then reincorporated last year into the Foundation.
The travel costs were $8.448 million, according to the 990 forms the foundation filed with the IRS. America Rising obtained a copy at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. That figure was about 5 percent of the more than the $145 million the Clinton Foundation raised last year, but 10 percent of its expenses.
In notes in the filing, foundation officials referred to specific travel requirements for the three Clintons.
“The Board recognizes that, due to extraordinary security and other requirements, William J. Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton may require the need to travel by charter or in first class, the determination of which will be made on a case-by-case basis,” it says. All three Clintons had not been members of the board in previous years.