FACT CHECK: Did Anthony Fauci Sit On The Clinton Foundation’s Board For 20 Years?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A viral Facebook post shared more than 51,000 times claims top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci served on the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors for 20 years.

Verdict: False

There is no record of Fauci ever sitting on the Clinton Foundation’s board. A spokesperson confirmed he has never served on its board or worked for the foundation.

Fact Check:

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become a popular target for misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. In this case, the viral post attempts to link Fauci to the Clinton Foundation, claiming he sat on its board of directors for two decades.

“Whoa! Dr Fauci was on Clinton Foundation Board for 20 yrs?” reads the post. “Currently serves on Gates Foundation? #InvestigateFauci.” (RELATED: Viral Image Claims To Show Bill Gates And Anthony Fauci Violating Social Distancing Guidelines)

Had Fauci ever sat on the Clinton Foundation’s board, it would have been noted in media reports, yet none have done so. The foundation also does not have him listed as a current board member, nor has it ever put out press releases announcing that he joined or left the board.

Nonprofit organizations must file Form 990s annually with the Internal Revenue Service to maintain their tax-exempt status. Fauci is not listed as a member of the board in any of the Clinton Foundation’s Form 990s between 1998 and 2018, the most recent year available.

“Dr. Fauci has never served on our board or worked for the Clinton Foundation,” a Clinton Foundation spokesperson confirmed in an email to the Daily Caller.

The Caller previously reported that Fauci had done some work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the past, such as sitting on a board with other experts to help the foundation with its work “in AIDS, malaria, and other diseases” in 2003 and joining the leadership council for the Decades of Vaccines Collaboration in 2010.

However, his name does not appear among the members of the leadership team on the Gates Foundation’s website. Nor is he part of its Scientific Advisory Committee. Fauci is also not listed as a board member in the foundation’s Form 990s.

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