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Did Hillary Clinton Ask for 'Huge' Donations to the Clinton Foundation for Hurricane Dorian Victims?

Be careful about sharing images of tweets ... they may be fake.

Published Sept. 4, 2019

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the commencement address at the Hunter College Commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden, May 29, 2019 in New York City. Secretary Clinton received the college's inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Leadership Award, recognizing her achievements in public service.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked for "huge" donations to the Clinton Foundation to help with Hurricane Dorian relief in September 2019.

In early September 2019, a tweet attributed to Hillary Clinton asking for donations to the Clinton family's eponymous charitable foundation circulated as Hurricane Dorian loomed off the coast of Florida.

The tweet was fake. It did not come from Clinton's verified Twitter account. It appears to have been created and shared as millions braced for the powerful storm. Dorian pummeled the Bahamas, hovering over the northern part of the Caribbean country for more than three days before moving off and threatening states in the U.S. southeast region.

The fake tweet plays on long-standing, wide-ranging conspiracy theories about the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons. The foundation's recovery-assistance efforts in Haiti after a devastating 2010 earthquake have also been the source of a number of unfounded claims.

Clinton, who served as secretary of state during the Obama administration and was President Donald Trump's Democratic rival in 2016, did not write the above tweet. The only thing Clinton tweeted about Dorian were safety tips for Florida residents as the storm approached.


Semple, Kirk, et al. "Hurricane Dorian’s Devastation in the Bahamas Makes Aid Work Difficult."   The New York Times. 3 September 2019.

Sullivan, Kevin and Rosalind S. Helderman. "How the Clintons’ Haiti Development Plans Succeed — and Disappoint."   The Washington Post. 20 March 2015.

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