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4/20/2015

Scandal: Clinton Foundation Donations Look Mighty Suspect

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:13 am



It all started with the news reported this weekend that the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation has traded with Iran, possibly violating our sanctions against Iran. Yet, oddly, his company was not penalized by the organization charged with the responsibility of penalizing those who violate our trade policy: Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

And now we hear that the prophecy that Rand Paul has been telling us about is coming true: even more revelations about the Clinton Foundation. Namely, a book that has looked into the contributions made to the Foundation, and is joining with major media outlets to investigate:

The book, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.

“We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds,” Mr. Schweizer writes.

His examples include a free-trade agreement in Colombia that benefited a major foundation donor’s natural resource investments in the South American nation, development projects in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, and more than $1 million in payments to Mr. Clinton by a Canadian bank and major shareholder in the Keystone XL oil pipeline around the time the project was being debated in the State Department.

In the long lead up to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign announcement, aides proved adept in swatting down critical books as conservative propaganda, including Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud,” about tensions between the Clintons and the Obamas, and Daniel Halper’s “Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.”

But “Clinton Cash” is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including The Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book.

Ouch. That sounds like Big Media actually being interested in her corruption.

Things not looking so good for the First Woman President.

24 Responses to “Scandal: Clinton Foundation Donations Look Mighty Suspect”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. weren’t the clinton’s supposedly Klein’s sources?

    narciso (ee1f88)

  3. Chelsea’s enormous brain was almost certainly consulted on each and every one of these decisions

    she’s pretty much the mastermind behind the whole Clinton operation is my understanding

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  4. does seem like a bond film when you think about it:

    http://www.pinchukfund.org/en/projects/11/events/9150/

    narciso (ee1f88)

  5. Why do I get the feeling that Hillary is actually a “rabbit” for the Democrats? She’s been sent out in front to draw the attention of the Republicans while the real nominee is being kept insulated.

    There have been too many slips and too many scandals from Hillary in just the last couple of weeks to explain it any other way. The Clintons — aside from being pathological liars — have always been exceedingly skilled politicians. But Hillary’s campaign has made a mess of itself, something uncharacteristic for the Clinton Machine.

    Chuck Bartowski (11fb31)

  6. How can 3 major news organizations have “exclusive” deals with the author?

    Gil (febf10)

  7. well possibly, but they don’t have an Obama in the wings, sit down DeBlasio,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  8. Tinfoil hat version.
    Michelle rides in to save the day for the Ds.
    Non tinfoil hat version.
    Obama consecrated candidate appears to save the day for the Ds, although whether that is Biden, Warren, or someone else I will not pretend to know.
    At any rate, I suspect the truly Leftist wing of the Democrats has a hand in this. Hence the willingness of the media to be involved.

    kishnevi (9c4b9c)

  9. At what point do even many liberals finally feel truly, totally weary of “Clinton” (Hillary and Bill) and back away from such people?

    I can’t think of nearly as many folks on the right tolerating, year after year, such crappola from a a major conservative, much less a popular one. The closest I can come up with as an analogy is Richard Nixon. But even though some Republicans rationalized away his failings until the end, most right-leaning people kept a safe distance from him—and certainly wouldn’t have rallied to his side if he had attempted a political comeback. Moreover, there’s a flat-out raunchiness and breathtaking dishonesty about the Clintons that Nixon, even on his worst day, never emulated.

    This difference between the left and right is why liberal-slanted places often seem to inculcate various forms of corruption, both social and financial.

    Mark (6c31df)

  10. I have information on some senators that took money from Israeli concerns then helped Israel attempt to sabotage ongoing US negotiations and foreign policy.

    bob (469507)

  11. If Obama wanted to run for a third term, would anyone stop him?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  12. 11- Ra’s al Ghul?

    askeptic (efcf22)

  13. Nixon was a piker, yes he wasn’t perfect, notably his fiscal policy, but compared to the dross that is tolerated today.

    narciso (ee1f88)

  14. It’s illegal when former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancée do a bit of influence peddling. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife had the same problem with the law. Same was true for Jack Abramoff and Bobby Baker.
    Somehow though, Hillary Clinton’s apparent influence peddling while Secretary of State for the Clinton Foundation doesn’t have that same problem. Why exactly is that ?

    Neo (d1c681)

  15. Well, hopefully someone will get around to indicting her at some point. Several Federal felonies spring readily to mind, just for starters.

    Or is it true that the Clintons are untouchable?

    mojo (a3d457)

  16. While we’re on the subject of influence peddling and politics …

    During her tenure as Senator Smathers’ secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne shared an apartment flat with Nancy Carole Tyler, secretary to Bobby Baker, an aide to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. An emerging scandal involving Baker’s corrupt activities prompted President John F. Kennedy to privately offer Senator Smathers the second spot on the 1964 presidential ticket with plans to drop Johnson as his running mate. The roommates, Kopechne and Tyler, allegedly leaked the President’s plans to the press.

    Some researchers have claimed a link between the Bobby Baker scandal and the 1963 JFK assassination. Tyler died mysteriously in a plane crash in May 1965. Kopechne went on to become secretary to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, until he was assassinated in June 1968 during his run for Presidency.

    Neo (d1c681)

  17. …and we all know about the swimming lessons that Teddy gave Mary Jo.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  18. The swimming lessons JFK gave his WH office girls Frick and Frack whenever Jackie was out of town seem to have been rather more successful.

    Steve57 (cd6f9a)

  19. Excuse me. They were nicknamed Fiddle and Faddle.

    Steve57 (cd6f9a)

  20. occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds

    If the Democrats adopted the same standards of proof in this case as they do for anthropogenic global warming, i.e. that correlation equals causation and if you pile up allegations high enough you win, then Hillary! would be on her way to the gallows.

    Steve57 (cd6f9a)

  21. Why does anyone here think anything will come of this story?
    do you really think any laws were technically violated? Team C is many things, stupid is not one of them, especially with Bill around.

    seeRpea (628daa)

  22. seeRpea, laws weren’t merely technically violated.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/641

    Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; or
    Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted—
    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; but if the value of such property in the aggregate, combining amounts from all the counts for which the defendant is convicted in a single case, does not exceed the sum of $1,000, he shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
    The word “value” means face, par, or market value, or cost price, either wholesale or retail, whichever is greater.

    Please advise how Hillary!s private email server could not have possibly violated that law in both letter and spirit. The entire intent behind building that private email system was to violate that law. You can’t get more blatant a violation than that.

    That said, no, I don’t think anything will come of it. Our entire government is now a criminal enterprise.

    Steve57 (cd6f9a)

  23. “Why does anyone here think anything will come of this story?”

    seeRpea – It might not. Remember all those potential witnesses who fled the country when Bill sold the White House?

    But Josh Earnest did not say categorically there was “no evidence” in the book, he said there was not a lot, which in spokesweasel terms must mean there is sh*t ton.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  24. “Why do I get the feeling that Hillary is actually a “rabbit” for the Democrats? She’s been sent out in front to draw the attention of the Republicans while the real nominee is being kep insulated.”

    Who the Hell could that “real nominee” possibly be, Chuck? It’s not like they have a deep bench. Heck… they don’t even have a bench.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)


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