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Clintons Gave NYT Foundation $100K, Got Endorsement

As it turns out, Clinton cash doesn’t just flow one way. 

While the Clintons were desperately trying to court donors and contributors to their family foundation, which, in essence, funded only their family (and, of course, it appears, reshuffled Hillary’s State Department priorities), they were also doling out favors. And not just to tinpot dictatorships with business before Congress, either. According to a report from the Free Beacon, the Clinton’s little-known private non-profit seems to have been a pay-to-play arm going the other way, as evidenced by a transaction between the appropriately-titled Clinton Family Foundation and the New York Times‘s charitable arm – which just so happened to coincide with a very important endorsement.

A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper’s editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Clinton Family Foundation, a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the family’s vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001.

It is funded directly by the Clintons and distributes more than $1 million a year to civic and educational causes.

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund is a charity affiliated with the newspaper that assists underprivileged New Yorkers. It is run by members of the New York Times Company’s board of directors and senior executives.

The Times’ editorial board endorsed Clinton against Democratic challengers John Edwards and Barack Obama on January 25, 2008, writing that she was “more qualified, right now, to be president.”

First off, can you imagine what the Times considers an “underprivileged” New Yorker? “Oh, there’s at least a few people south of Midtown who haven’t ever purchased a wallet from Barneys! I bet they’ve never even seen a Birkin bag.”

The connection, at first, seems to be a loose one, until you take into account that the Times has never been favorable to the Clintons in the Hillary era, and as the WFB points out, there was every indication that the paper was leaning towards endorsing Obama, until the paper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. stepped in and shifted the board’s position. It just so happens that Sulzberger also heads the Times‘s Neediest Cases Fund, which is where the Clinton check deposited and tilted the scales. 

I suppose if the system works one way, it will certainly work the other. 


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