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2/23/2015 9:38 am  #1

Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments

Clinton’s donor mess: The Clinton Foundation’s fundraising is a big problem for HillaryWould-be president Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments, which is really not goodRead the full story here:

The Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation does a lot of good work. It’s tempting to view anything with the word “Clinton” attached to it as nothing more than a political enterprise, but the Clinton Foundation has been a force for good in the world by hooking up charitable causes with motivated funders. That said, it’s ridiculous that the Clinton Foundation is accepting donations from foreign governments again. It’s ridiculous because Hillary Clinton’s would-be presidential candidacy leaves no choice but the view the foundation as a political enterprise.

"For someone like Hillary, who will want to run as a champion of the working class and an enemy of income inequality, a balance has to be struck. She needs all those rich folks, but can’t be seen as being in their pockets. That requires a certain amount of delicacy and a recognition of ethical concerns that, at the moment, is not reflected in the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising tactics."

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident,”  former vice president Biden said during a campaign event in Texas on Monday. "All men and women created by — you know, you know, the thing.”


2/23/2015 9:46 am  #2

Re: Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments

Probably not nearly as bad as the Koch Bros charity ! 


Last edited by tennyson (2/23/2015 9:46 am)

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2/23/2015 9:57 am  #3

Re: Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments

No big problem here.
All Hilary has to do is resign from any fund raising activities and day to day management of the foundation.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

2/27/2015 11:20 am  #4

Re: Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments

Interesting article here showing a lot of links between funding Hillary's political ambitions and policy positions she ended up takingwhile in the Senate and access granted while she was Sec. of State. Most of the ths article was cobbled together from Nnew York Times and Washington Post articles. Worth a read.....

.....Throughout her political career Clinton has always blended cash and policy. She’s not merely corporatist by disposition, like, say Tim Geithner or Lindsey Graham. She’s not simply sloppy on ethics, like Bob McDonnell or John Kitzhaber.

=14pxHillary is blatantly transactional in her fundraising and policymaking.

During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton openly had an unsavory relationship with foreign money. Her family’s Clinton Foundation, now named the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, raised hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign governments while she led our diplomatic efforts and steered our foreign policy.

The Obama White House allowed this, on condition that these donations were recurring donations — more or less annual gifts that began while she was a Senator.

But even those weak constraints were too much for the Clintons, Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger reported in the Washington Post on Wednesday night. Specifically, the Clinton Foundation took $500,000 from Algeria’s government in 2010, without notifying ethics officers at the State Department.

The Algerian government could have given $500,000 to Haiti relief efforts through more direct channels. Funneling through the Clinton Foundation looks like an effort to gain access. And it looks like it worked. The Post reported:

“[T]here was an increase in 2010 in State Department meetings held with lobbyists representing the country — with 12 visits to department officials that year, including some visits with top political appointees. In the years before and after, only a handful of State Department visits were recorded by Algeria lobbyists.”

Innocent explanations are possible here. But when Hillary Clinton is involved, less innocent explanations are more likely true. Her history is full of donations coinciding with access or favorable policies.

There was her relationship with Corning Inc. in Upstate New York. “The Clinton-Corning partnership is very rewarding for both of us,” Corning CFO James Flaws said when she was in the Senate. Flaws was correct. Through her Senate career, Hillary brought in $240,000 in donations from Corning employees, including Flaws and the company’s Washington lobbyists. Corning’s political action committee gave $33,000 to Hillary and her leadership PAC.

Hillary in return showered Corning with earmarks, mandates, and regulations that forced or paid businesses to use Corning products, such as specialty tailpipe filters and catalysts. The New York Times covered this dynamic in a 2006 article headlined “Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa.”

The Times reporters wrote: “In April 2003, a month after Corning's political action committee gave $10,000 to her re-election campaign, Mrs. Clinton announced legislation that would provide hundreds of millions in federal aid to reduce diesel pollution, using, among other things, technology pioneered by Corning.”

Most conspicuously, Corning executives switched from backing her Republican opponent Rick Lazio in October 2000 to flooding her campaign with donations. A few weeks later, her husband’s administration issued an emissions rule that a local reporter called “a big Christmas present [dropped] in the lap of Corning Inc.”

Clinton’s contribution-policy overlap applied in the drug industry, too. In 2006, Barr Laboratories CEO Bruce Downey made his first contribution to Clinton’s reelection. Within a month, Hillary announced she would block a George W. Bush Food and Drug Administration nominee until the agency made Barr’s “Plan B” morning-after contraceptive available over the counter. In those same days, she introduced legislation to subsidize Plan B.

In 2008, Barr Executive Vice President Frederick J. Killion donated $1,000 to her campaign one day after Clinton introduced another bill to prop up Plan B.

In all corners of the economy, Clinton has these symbiotic relationships. The Washington Post reported in 2014 that Clinton has "functioned as a powerful ally for Boeing’s business interests at home and abroad," while Boeing "invested resources in causes beneficial to Clinton’s public and political image."....


I think you're going to see a lot of different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. - President Donald J. Trump

2/27/2015 1:32 pm  #5

Re: Hillary Clinton's charity is taking money from foreign governments

Politics as usual.  She's not much different than all the other politicos.  It's how the game is played these days.


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