It consists of fees from speeches which were originally reported as “revenue” and not “donations.”
Hillary can make it rain, that’s for sure. Even in California.
The New York Times reports on the the dealings of one Sidney Blumenthal, Bill Clinton White House confidant, who saw dollars to be made in a post Qaddafi Libya. He was advising Secretary of State Clinton at the time. (In an unofficial capacity.)
Mr. Blumenthal (it appears) was looking to cash in on his relationship with Ms. Clinton.
Not many fortunes made in Libya, aside from Qaddafi’s. Looks like Blumenthal learned this.
Hey, it’s good to be a Friend of Bill.
What does it matter? Why does any of it matter? Honor? Policies? Achievement or lack thereof. Honesty? Nope, doesn’t matter. She has a vagina.
That’s not illegal, but it is scandalous.
There’s a household name at the nexus of the foundation and the State Department for every letter of the alphabet but “X” (often more than one): Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Chevron, (John) Deere, Eli Lilly, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, HBO, Intel, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto, NBC Universal, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Rotary International, Siemens, Target, Unilever, Verizon, Walmart, Yahoo, and Ze-gen.
The set includes oil, defense, drug, tech, and news companies, as well as labor unions and foreign interests. It includes organizations as innocuous as the Girl Scouts and those as in need of brand-burnishing as Nike, which was once forced to vow that it would end the use of child labor in foreign sweatshops. This list of donors to the Clinton foundation who lobbied State matters because it gives a sense of just how common it was for influence-seekers to give to the Clinton Foundation, and exactly which ones did.
Here are the top ten.
Imagine if you or I had a mining deal stuck in red tape deep in the heart of Somewheristan and we just happened to give a million dollars to a charity which was closely associated with the Minister of Mines, Dirt Movement, and Bribery in Somewheristan. Think that would be OK under US law? It wouldn’t be. The Justice Department would be all over you.
The Wall Street Journal reports however that things are a little different when it’s money coming from overseas and into the USA under what some would consider similar circumstances.
Hillary’s got a lot of it that’s for sure. No longer are she and Bill “dead broke.”
Their foundation over the past decade has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars from around the world. That Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State and a potential future president had nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation becoming the behemoth of capital it has become. That was only a coincidence.
Everyone on Wall Street knows that Hillary is there for them. Sure she’s going to talk a good lefty-populist game but everyone knows that it’s bull. It’s part of the game. Tell the “politically unsophisticated” whatever they want to hear. People will forget. They always do. Accountability? Shoot this is 2015, post bailout. Accountability is for suckers.
Having a hard time making your car payment? Oh I understand. I eat at Chipotle too. Late on rent? CEOs make too much money!
Just say whatever. The American people are too “politically unsophisticated” to realize they’re being played. Ready for Hillary!
It’s good to have friends in the State Department, particularly if that friend is Hillary Clinton. It’s also good to have friends in the shadowy underworld of private international intel, particularly if that friend is Sidney Blumenthal – apparently. Remember him from the 90s?
What are these reporters thinking? OK, I get that the old media is populated with generally statist big government leaning journalists, but given what we know Ms. Clinton has done (just recently) any objective person has to consider such an ovation as being in bad taste. The email scandal which in theory could have jeopardized national security, the gifts from foreign governments and companies to the Clinton Foundation while Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State, the enormous “speaking fees” are all quite problematic. Is a standing ovation, particularly from “journalists” really warranted? I mean I think its pretty terrible that a group of reporters would give any politician a standing ovation, but Ms. Clinton? There is just no excuse. She has a history.
Dick Morris says that the United Arab Emirates has poured millions into the Clinton political machine. He says the gravy train started in 2002. Back when the Clintons were dead broke according to Ms. Clinton. (Sorry but I’m not going to forget that line from her.) A few million dollars from the Persian Gulf state I’m sure helped the destitute couple from Arkansas pay a few outstanding bills.
Why oh why would all these foreign companies and political muckety mucks want to give hundreds of thousands (in some cases millions) to a foundation controlled by a former Secretary of State who might be the next president of the United States? Do they really believe in the Clinton Foundation mission?
It appears that they do.
When the Clinton email story broke I have to admit that this was one of the first things I thought.
It is widely believed that the Clintons and the Obamas do not like each other. Additionally the Obama political people think Hillary Clinton isn’t liberal enough. (Think about that folks.) And there is plenty of bad blood from 2008.
It’s the same old Obama chip on the shoulder thing, only this time his ire (reportedly) is directed at the likely Democratic nominee for president.
Ed Klein reports below that Bill Clinton thinks Mrs. Clinton’s current troubles stem directly from the White House. Remember, this story really took off after The New York Times and MSNBC, 2 stalwart allies of this White House (well one is an ally, the other is basically a mouthpiece) covered it. It didn’t come from Fox or Breitbart.