While the Clintons were struggling to make ends meet, they decided to start a foundation that would help others just like them across the globe. The Clinton Foundation, which focuses on global poverty, the spread of HIV and AIDS in developing countries and combating Climate Change, is an international aid organization that is mostly concerned with making sure the Clinton name is recognized globally as one of compassion, primarily in places where people don’t have regular access to media.
But the Washington Post has discovered that, while Secretary of State Clinton was traveling the globe, promoting peace and resetting our relationships with world leaders with plastic Staples buttons, the Clinton Foundation was taking donations from foreign governments, many of them with business before the United States.
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.
Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.
The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.
Seem fishy? It is. In one specific instance, the Clinton Foundation accepted a $500K donation from the Algerian government, ostensibly to help the Clinton Foundation assist victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Unfortunately, at the same time, the Algerian government was trying to get a cozier relationship with the U.S., spending almost that same amount lobbying the federal government, and specifically the State Department. Algeria is not exactly a best friend: it has a human rights record that is spotty at best. But they wanted to make sure, according to the Post, that that didn’t hinder their appearance in the U.S.’s eyes.
There are other countries, too. Qatar, for instance, spent money lobbying the U.S. and also gave to the Clinton Foundation. Germany and the UAE started sending checks once Hillary Clinton left her post.
No matter when or how the governments signed over their cash, it all looks pretty sketchy for Hillary Clinton.
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