This isn’t as damning as the Clinton story from this morning. Or that other story from this morning. Or that one from last week. Or that one from the week before. Or any of those Clinton stories in that book that’s coming out. But it does substantiate the argument that Hillary Clinton wasn’t completely removed from the Clinton Foundation’s accounts receivable department.
It turn out that, if you, as a corporation, wanted to get a swanky award from the State Department while Hillary Clinton was in charge, just to commemorate your commitment to global humanitarianism, what you really had to do, aside from the occasional global humanitarian project, was to write a nice, fat check to Hillary Clinton’s foundation. From Cisco to Coca-Cola, nearly every company nominated for or currently polishing a State Department award, gave big bucks to the Clinton non-profit enterprise.
Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.
The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don’t give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award.
Silicon Valley giant Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity between $1 million and $5 million. The company then won the award in 2010 when eight of the 12 finalists and two of the three winners had donated to the foundation.
It happened literally every year of Hillary Clinton’s tenure, from 2009 through 2013. And while most of the companies are big-name companies (besides Coke, there’s also Exxon Mobil, Intel, Caterpillar and third world production-destroying shoe company TOMs), their contributions seem wildly coincidental.
Of course, you could chalk it up to the Clinton Foundation’s excellent fundraising skills and capacity to extort large sums of money from multi-national coprorations, as though those multi-national corporations received nothing of value in return, other than to see the hard work of the Clinton Foundation continue.