Somehow, last week, I landed on Jim Webb’s press list, which makes sense because I’m technically press even though I do the majority of my writing in yoga pants, surrounded by cats. The incident hasn’t done much to increase my confidence in Jim Webb to somehow disrupt the coronation of the Democrats high holy Queen, so much as it’s made me feel bizarrely sad for the man. While he – a man of distinction and accomplishment – is out meeting with foreign dignitaries and Iowa bigwigs, the presumptive Democratic nominee is struggling to explain (or, in this case, not explain), exactly how she happened to cash checks from foreign governments while remaining absolutely neutral when they came knocking at the state department.
Today, we find out that the Clinton Foundation, which is in enough trouble for foreign donations they did disclose, received over a thousand donations from foreign governments that they never managed to get around to telling any authorities about, even though they were required to by law and by agreement.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential run is prompting new scrutiny of the Clintons’ financial and charitable affairs—something that’s already proved problematic for the Democratic frontrunner, given how closely these two worlds overlap. Last week, the New York Times examined Bill Clinton’s relationship with a Canadian mining financier, Frank Giustra, who has donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and sits on its board. Clinton, the story suggests, helped Giustra’s company secure a lucrative uranium-mining deal in Kazakhstan and in return received “a flow of cash” to the Clinton Foundation, including previously undisclosed donations from the company’s chairman totaling $2.35 million.
Giustra strenuously objects to how he was portrayed. “It’s frustrating,” he says. And because the donations came in through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP)—a Canadian affiliate of the Clinton Foundation he established with the former president—he feels doubly implicated by the insinuation of a dark alliance.
“We’re not trying to hide anything,” he says. There are in fact 1,100 undisclosed donors to the Clinton Foundation, Giustra says, most of them non-U.S. residents who donated to CGEP. “All of the money that was raised by CGEP flowed through to the Clinton Foundation—every penny—and went to the [charitable] initiatives we identified,” he says.
Obviously, the Clintons would love to say that the Clinton-Giustra program wasn’t part of the Clinton Foundation, and as such, fell outside the boundaries of the “memorandum of understanding” that Clinton had with the Obama Administration, but one look at the agreement shows that the Clinton-Giustra program was specifically mentioned, and Hillary Clinton agreed that it would be considered part and parcel of the Foundation and subject to the same reporting requirements. Now, they’re claiming that because Giustra is Canadian, he was subject to Canadian protections that allowed him to hide his donors – but according to Bloomberg, not all of Giustra’s donors are Canadian, and not all of his donors were offered – or expected – protection.
Fortunately for Giustra, I guess, he still has, at least, the veneer of philanthropy. After all, just like Clinton herself, everything he did was to save this precious Earth and its natural resources so that they can be enjoyed by a future generation. He’s got a heart of gold, you see, and he just wanted to do the right thing by Mother Gaia, even if it meant potentially taking dirty money from foreign investors in order to funnel cash into Hillary Clinton’s family coffers and eventually impact American foreign policy. Bill Clinton, who also reportedly profited off the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play scheme may not be so lucky.
Former President Bill Clinton accepted more than $2.5 million in speaking fees from 13 major corporations and trade associations that lobbied the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, an International Business Times investigation has found. The fees were paid directly to the former president, and not directed to his philanthropic foundation.
Many of the companies that paid Bill Clinton for these speeches — a roster of global giants that includes Microsoft, Oracle and Dell — engaged him within the same three-month period in which they were also lobbying the State Department in pursuit of their policy aims, federal disclosure documents show. Several companies received millions of dollars in State Department contracts while Hillary Clinton led the institution.
But remember, kids, there’s no proof anything fishy was going on.
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