Election 2016

The “Fiorina Foundation” Doesn’t Exist and Her Campaign Didn’t Know It

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Carly Fiorina claims she served as chairman of the charitable Fiorina Foundation after being disgraced at Hewlett-Packard, but that so-called foundation is so secretive Fiorina's presidential campaign didn't know about it.

It's secretive in the sense that it isn't real.

What Fiorina calls the Fiorina Foundation is in fact the name of the account she and her husband, Frank, have with The Ayco Charitable Foundation, a so-called “donor-advised fund,” through which they distribute undisclosed sums to undisclosed recipients at undisclosed times.

This seemed to be news to Fiorina’s own campaign, the deputy manager of which, Sarah Isgur Flores, repeatedly assured me that the Fiorina Foundation is a private foundation before following up to say that she had made a mistake.

Olivia Nuzzi writing for The Daily Beast details the exact nature of Fiorina's fake foundation but, suffice to say, it's possible her donor-advised fund hasn't actually donated a single penny to a charity. Fiorina's campaign refused to provide a list of charities she has donated to through the fund which has no payout obligation.

What we do know for sure is the Ayco Charitable Foundation has made donations to Planned Parenthood.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined, Ayco distributed $467,275 to various Planned Parenthoods. In other words, Fiorina has entrusted her money with an organization that funnelled nearly half a million dollars into Planned Parenthood.

If Fiorina's money made its way to Planned Parenthood, that would explain why she does not want to disclose which charities her money has been passed on to, if any at all. On the other hand, wouldn't her unhinged opposition to Planned Parenthood behoove her to prove that she hasn't donated to the organization in the past before she decided to run for president, for Pete's sake?

We may never know the true extent of Fiorina's hypocrisy but I think we know enough.

  • Aynwrong

    This is hilarious. She may have given nearly half-a-mil to an organization she describes as a racket straight out of an Eli Roth horror movie.

    Also, does anyone think that the so called liberal media™ will jump all over this the way they did the Clinton Global Initiative simply because some right wing hack wrote a book? Okay, you can stop laughing now. If they were going to do that we’d already be hearing the term slush fund being tossed around. I actually don’t want to see that. I want the media to simply do its job. But for the sake of consistency shouldn’t reporters start asking Carley Fiorina if she has in fact been sending charitable donations to the “baby body parts™” industry?

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Well, that more or less ends her pathetic campaign. Next!

    • muselet

      Maybe. Indirect contributions to Planned Parenthood may not knock her out of the race.

      Don’t get me wrong, it’ll hurt her, but the GOP needs someone female to go after Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina is all they’ve got. As long as she’s useful to the party, there won’t be (loud, official) calls for her to drop out. The Base, on the other hand, will not be so forgiving, assuming word of this gets out and they believe the source (“The Daily Beast? Ain’t that some kinda socialistical website?”).


      • Aynwrong

        I would assume some right wing hack show would start making noise about this. WND, Jones, Beck, Breitbart…

        Then again, her unhinged-ness™ against Planned Parenthood may have caused the base to usher her too deeply into the tribe.

        “One of us, one of us, one of us….”

  • muselet

    I expect wealthy people to shelter assets from taxation (fish got to swim, birds got to fly). I even expect them to make it look like the purpose of that sheltering is charitable (it’s cheap PR). And I’m certainly not surprised that something like donor-advised funds exist (the lack of required disbursement or disclosure must be like catnip).

    What I don’t expect—or didn’t, until Carly Fiorina—is for a wealthy person to claim an account with a donor-advised fund is a charitable foundation. It’s an easy enough claim to debunk, and there’s no obvious upside, except for maybe an ego-boost.

    I feel a little sorry for Sarah Isgur Flores, who has to tap dance very fast indeed:

    Asked to which causes, exactly, Fiorina was giving and in what amounts, her campaign was vague.

    “Through the Fiorina Foundation, she has given to dozens of charities, including those that support veterans, education and their local community,” Flores said.

    Asked to name the charities, she said, “It’s a lot of charities and I’m not going to release names which will cause a headache for some of the smaller organizations.”

    Asked to at least specify how many charities there are, she said, “I’d just say dozens. I don’t have an exact number.”

    I don’t think the revelation that Carly Fiorina has a fake foundation will hurt her presidential aspirations in the least; however, if other reporters pick up on Olivia Nuzzi’s article, it could be amusing to watch her tie herself in knots trying to explain the issue away.


    • Christopher Foxx

      I feel a little sorry for Sarah Isgur Flores, who has to tap dance very fast indeed

      You shouldn’t feel an iota of sympathy for her at all. Her position as a campaign manager for a hypocritical habitual liar is one she chose to take and is choosing to keep. If it’s a job that’s requiring her to do something she doesn’t like then she should quite. The fact that she goes along with Fiorina, defends her, means Flores is a very willing accomplice and deserves no an iota of pity.

      Very, very much on the contrary.

      • muselet

        Your snark detector needs an upgrade.


        • Christopher Foxx

          Damn! Second time this fortnight the thing’s let me down.