Ah, it’s good to be a Clinton. They have leveraged their political positions to raise $3 billion over the last 40 years:
LITTLE ROCK — Over four decades of public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton have built an unrivaled global network of donors while pioneering fundraising techniques that have transformed modern politics and paved the way for them to potentially become the first husband and wife to win the White House.
The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.
Their fundraising haul, which began with $178,000 that Bill Clinton raised for his long-shot 1974 congressional bid, is on track to expand substantially with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 White House run, which has already drawn $110 million in support.
People don’t hand over cash for nothing. They expect something in return and Hillary has come through for them.
The transfer of 20 percent of US uranium — the stuff used to build nuclear weapons — to Vladimir Putin did not rise to the level of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s time and attention?
Beyond being an admission of extreme executive negligence on an issue of utmost national security, Hillary’s statement strains credulity to the breaking point for at least three other reasons.
First, nine investors who profited from the uranium deal collectively donated $145 million to Hillary’s family foundation, including Clinton Foundation mega-donor and Canadian mining billionaire Frank Giustra, who pledged $100 million.
Since 2005, Giustra and Bill Clinton have frequently globetrotted together, and there’s even a Clinton Foundation initiative named the Clinton-Giustra initiative.
But Hillary expects Americans to believe she had no knowledge that a man who made a nine-figure donation to her foundation was deeply involved in the deal? Nor eight other mining executives, all of whom also donated to her foundation?
Second, during her Sunday interview, Clinton was asked about the Kremlin-backed bank that paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a single speech delivered in Moscow. Hillary’s response? She dodged the question completely and instead offered this blurry evasion.
“The timing doesn’t work,” said Clinton. “It happened in terms of the support for the foundation before I was secretary of state.”
Hillary added that such “allegations” are being “made by people who are wielding the partisan ax.”
The reason Hillary ignored addressing the $500,000 direct payment from the Kremlin-backed bank to her husband is because that payment occurred, as the Times confirms, “shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One.”
And as for her comment that the timing of the uranium investors’ donations “doesn’t work” as a damning revelation: In fact, the timing works perfectly.
And she came through for a Swiss bank:
(WSJ) – A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter. The Internal Revenue Service was suing UBS AG to get the identities of Americans with secret accounts.
If the case proceeded, Switzerland’s largest bank would face an impossible choice: Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names, or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court.
Within months, Mrs. Clinton announced a tentative legal settlement—an unusual intervention by the top U.S. diplomat. UBS ultimately turned over information on 4,450 accounts, a fraction of the 52,000 sought by the IRS, an outcome that drew criticism from some lawmakers who wanted a more extensive crackdown.
From that point on, UBS’s engagement with the Clinton family’s charitable organization increased. Total donations by UBS to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 through 2008 to a cumulative total of about $600,000 by the end of 2014, according the foundation and the bank.
There’s lots more, such as:
“…Saudi Arabia had contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, and just two months before the jet deal was finalized, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation…”
Bill made out like a bandit consequent to his wife’s lofty position:
In 2011, Mr. Clinton made $13.3 million in speaking fees for 54 speeches, the majority of which were made overseas, the author writes.
In fact, once Hillary had greased UBS, UBS became the biggest income source for Bill
Bill’s speaking fees doubled and tripled once Hillary became SoS:
After his wife became Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department, an ABC News review of financial disclosure records shows.
Where he once had drawn $150,000 for a typical address in the years following his presidency, Clinton saw a succession of staggering paydays for speeches in 2010 and 2011, including $500,000 paid by a Russian investment bank and $750,000 to address a telecom conference in China.
“It’s unusual to see a former president’s speaking fee go up over time,” said Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office under President George W. Bush. “I must say I’m surprised that he raised his fees. There’s no prohibition on his raising it. But it does create some appearance problems if he raises his fee after she becomes Secretary of State.”
Even Politifact agrees. Let us not forget that speaking fees to Bill are also income to Hillary as they file joint returns. Thus she is padding her own pockets in addition to Bill’s.
Hillary Clinton put the US up for sale as Secretary of State. And as President she and Bill could probably command billions for selling US favors. And the skids are being greased right now.
When’s the last time you could under report your income by $20 million without an hassle?
The Clintons can, and did.
The Clinton Foundation “forgot” to report $20 million in donations.
The Clinton Foundation failed to report $20 million in donations from governments to the Internal Revenue Service, newly refiled tax returns show.
Reuters reported that the foundation disclosed the $20 million it received from governments, most of them foreign, between 2010 and 2013 when it and a spin-off organization refiled tax returns from six years to fix errors.
The Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation did not previously separate out its donations from governments on old tax returns as is mandated by the IRS.
The foundation refiled tax returns from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and a charity spun off from the foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, refiled its own returns from 2012 and 2013 after both were found to have made errors reporting funds from foreign governments. The revelations about inaccuracies came just as Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, endured scrutiny for the millions of dollars that her family foundation has received from foreign governments.
And most of that came from foreign governments. Hey, no problem! Just refile! No penalties, no fuss. How great is that?
Fear not- Hillary promises to take on special interests (like the Clinton Foundation, I imagine) while taking millions from lobbyists:
WASHINGTON — Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton’s claims she’ll take on wealthy special interests and reform Wall Street, the road to her White House run has been paved with gold from Washington lobbyists.
Records show Clinton has raked in $3.2 million from registered lobbyists, who bundle money from their rich clients.
That’s 3½ times more in lobbyist cash than the entire GOP field combined, according to Federal Election Commission records.
A review of the Clinton Foundation’s was conducted by DLA Piper
“The Foundation voluntarily undertook a thorough review of the returns for those years in which the line on the return concerning government grants was left blank,” said Keneally. “Foremost, we found nothing to suggest that the Foundation intended to conceal the receipt of government grants, which the Foundation reports on its website.”
Voluntarily- once they were challenged. One more thing-
Employees of the firm have also contributed $171,200 to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, making it the fifth largest contributor thus far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Additionally, DLA Piper contributed $496,700 to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, making it the second biggest contributor. Over the course of Clinton’s two Senate campaigns she received $700,530 from DLA Piper, putting the firm third behind only Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in total contributions to Clinton.
Coincidence, I’m sure.
The Clinton’s and the Foundation assert they’ve done nothing wrong. Ahem:
Nothing? How about this: For years, the foundation used a charitable shell in Canada for the purpose of bundling donations from foreign nations and politicians.
That charity, taking advantage of Canada’s strict privacy laws, then gave the foreign donations to the U.S.-based Clinton Foundation as one big bundle. Just another major donation to a worthy cause.
But who gave to the Canadian charity? More than 1,000 foreign leaders, national governments and others with reasons to curry favor with former President Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Clinton Foundation claims it only “inadvertently” bundled the foreign donations. It also says it mistakenly counted money received for speeches by the Clintons as “donations” rather than as revenue.
All told, some $20 million in gifts were “amended” by the foundation’s refilings. It was also revealed that the foundation raised almost $178 million in 2014, while Hillary was still employed by the foundation.
The Clinton Foundation continued to accept millions in donations from foreign governments during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, which is in itself highly unethical, and in one instance openly violated an ethics agreement with the Obama regime.
The Clinton’s arenot just dirty politicians, they’re criminals. They’ve amassed a fortune by handing out US government favors and they offer the promise of even more. Much more. They are not good people. They are not nice people. They are interested in two things- money, and power. The wealthiest people on Earth support them, and fully expect something in return. The Clinton’s are amassing IOU’s that we and our children will be forced to make good.
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