December 18th, 2008
07:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton Foundation reaches written agreement with Obama camp

 CNN has obtained a written memorandum between the Clinton Foundation and the Obama transition team.

CNN has obtained a written memorandum between the Clinton Foundation and the Obama transition team.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In an effort to clear the way for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s confirmation as secretary of state, CNN has learned that her husband’s foundation has reached a written agreement with the Obama-Biden transition team.

The five-page document states that former President Bill Clinton will not personally solicit funds for the Clinton Global Initiative, a high-profile annual gathering of the Clinton Foundation that solicits contributions from around the world in order to address global challenges like poverty, climate change, and global health issues. In the document, the foundation also agrees to separate the Clinton Global Initiative off from the rest of its operations and incorporate that initiative as a separate entity.

The foundation also agrees to seek review by State Department ethics officials of certain donations to its effort to fight HIV and AIDS throughout the world.

The agreement was turned over to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by the Obama transition team Wednesday and obtained by CNN Thursday.

Click here to read the agreement.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Extra • Hillary Clinton • Obama transition
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Ray Fisher

    Whenever a written agreement is required to hire an appointee, run don't walk to the nearest exit!!! Her highness and her unfaithful other should be sent packing. Our new President should be concentrating upon America, not the Clintons as it always becomes a nasty habit. President Obama should simply revoke her nomination for the good of our nation!!!

    December 18, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Ray-Texas

    Change?! We don't need no stinkin' change! I guess Obama hangin' that for sale sign draped over his 'Presidential' seal is some real change for the far left wing though.

    funny, how this comes out when he's lookining for cover on the Warren topic. Same old politician bait and switch...he used his minions as the bait and the push for power as the switch.

    You voted, you get the blame.

    December 18, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. KampBell_BrOwn SUx

    yeah so what?

    December 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. mn, CA

    it's all fake, phony, cover-up, just politics as usual, no change here ! !

    December 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. sam

    Unbelievable. we had 8 years of garbage governing and people are whining about the Clinton's personal lives, again. Get over it.

    She's not the president. Obama is. She works for Obama. Both work for us, the people of the USA. Understand? Together, they will do a million times better than Bush and Rice did, so knock it off.

    December 18, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Remy

    Clinton foundation does a good job! No one is questioning it! I hope Hillary's new position as Secretary of State will help Clinton foundation in a big way! That will bring a good name to USA.

    Obama is now tapping every sources to help people around the globe. Obama is for another eight years in White House!

    December 18, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Did the Clintons add to our national debt? If not, I dont care what they do. W is leaving us 5 trillion worth of debt.

    December 18, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. Rana

    what is the 2012 talk, Obama will be the next democratic presidential nominee again.

    December 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YA like there's no conflict of interest here..... GET RID OF HILLARY

    December 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |

    they are making deals and contracts for "high profile jobs" while the ordinary citizenry are losing jobs by the thousands............hmmm, is this change or more of the same?

    December 18, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Sparky1958

    The Clintons are soooo connected! What's worse: Hillary as president or Hillary pulling Obama's strings. Either way, we're screwed.

    December 18, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The teaser headline "cuts a deal" sure gives a negative slant, whereas the actual article describes an agreement that is open and above-board - and very logical. I don't think the teaser was up to your best journalistic standards.

    December 18, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. mike

    corruption running wild in usa,charity just to sell out america

    December 18, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Sarah Leone

    Why are so many people so upset? In what way does any of this affect YOUR life? It doesn't. Worry about your AmEx bill or paying the kid's dentist or making the house payment. Let those who are qualified figure it out. Anyone who spends time posting on website 'comments' is either lazy or not too bright. Me included.

    December 18, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. carol

    It needed to be done, Obama wanted transparency from the get go and this is a good start.
    There can't be anything lurking in the background that could come back to haunt the Obama it's a good start I feel.

    December 18, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. K. Rejaton

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman–Monica Lewinsky."
    "I will not solicit funds for my foundation–Clinton Foundation"

    "It depends what the definition of 'is' is."
    "It depends what the definition of 'agreement' is."

    Yeah, good luck with this one, Barak.

    December 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Cheryl Tennessee

    Same old same old. Change, yeh right.

    December 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. thgirbla

    Slick Willie – "I'm rebuilding the Legacy of my the highest bidder!!!"

    SoS Ozillary – "There will not be a conflict of interest with my responsibilites as SoS and the Clinton Foundation!!!"

    Slick Willie – "EVERYONE of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation do not expect any political favors in return for their donations!!!"

    SoS Ozillary – "I will be transparent with President Elect O'Hussein about every activity taking place with the Clinton Foundation's fund raising!!!"


    My concerns ARE more with where the money goes, AFTER it's gets into Slick Willie's pocket, AND WHAT contributions have the Clinton's made to the Clinton Foundation???

    December 18, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. Marie in California

    Deals, deals, deals! Politics as usual.

    I think the ONLY squeaky-clean candidate in the entire presidential race was Sarah Palin! She'll sure get my vote in 2012!

    December 18, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Don

    When will you fools stop putting your trust into these politicians? If you believe for 1 minute that BO or the Clintons give a darn about you then you are just dumb.

    We are being used by both the Dems and Repubs to give them a cheese lifestyle. Both would rather sell you and I under the table, lie, cheat, steal, and just about anything else to stay in power.

    You want change, vote 3rd party candidates. Otherwise, its just a slow ride down.

    December 18, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Rob Redmond

    Obama and Clinton created this document and the press stir around it specifically to give cover to their activities. The document provides a definition of right vs. wrong in their personal money-making endeavors while she sits on the Cabinet. That way they can engage in almost any other money making idea secure that if it isn't banned by the document, it has virtually been blessed by the public due to all of the press coverage on it.

    There is a lesson here for any manager who has taken on a difficult employee that they inherited from another manager. Scope out in writing what they will do and what they will not and have them sign it – then file it away. If they misbehave, you already have their head on a platter. But most will behave well knowing you have the document. They may even become loyal followers over time as they get to know you.

    However, I doubt cabinet members really work closely with the president. They probably meet weekly and otherwise never see each other.

    December 18, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |

    The Clintons are so crooked the will have to screw them in the ground when they die. How is our country standing all the coruption that is going on. My God == every day something new comes up. Greed - Greed it's in everyones agenda from the day they want to get into politic's

    The last person on earth I would vote for is a lawyer.

    December 18, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. George Washington

    I think you should have Laura Bush as the Secretary of State

    December 18, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Bill Carlton

    Sort of a pay to play agreement, isn't it?

    December 18, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Shrealleabsmosobo

    Michelle Obama would be a better Secretary of State than Hillbary. A zillion times plus better.

    December 18, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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