Fate of Clinton Foundation Uncertain if Hillary Wins White House

The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation faces an uncertain future if Hillary Clinton is elected president, the Associated Press reports.

Although Hillary Clinton stepped down from the foundation's board after launching her presidential campaign in April, her husband and daughter still hold leadership roles at the foundation and have no plans to curtail their fundraising activities or scale back their operational responsibilities during the campaign. According to the AP, if Clinton is elected president, the foundation may shift Chelsea Clinton into the foundation's primary fundraising position while her father takes on a more behind-the-scenes role.

At the same time, campaign officials are pushing the foundation to be more aggressive in answering criticism of its big-dollar fundraising. Since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, the foundation has raised more than $2 billion, money it uses to run initiatives in the areas of global health, climate change, economic development, wellness, and opportunity for women and girls. Its fundraising has become a subject of intense scrutiny, however, as Republicans and others dig for potential conflicts of interest and indications that donors to the foundation sought to influence the Obama administration during Hillary Clinton's term as secretary of state.

Some people close to the Clintons and the foundation told the AP it's unlikely the former president could continue to raise money if his wife wins election — and that arriving at that realization could be a slow and difficult process for him given how much of his post-White House legacy is linked to the foundation and its work. "The challenge isn't necessarily the organization surviving the founders, it’s the founders letting go of the organization," said Steven Lawrence, research director at Foundation Center.

"I might [step down] if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role," Bill Clinton said in a recent interview with NBC News. "But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Julie Pace. "If Clinton Wins, Family Foundation Faces Uncertain Future." Associated Press 05/11/2015.