According to the Associated Press, well over half of all the people not working for the government who met with Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State gave cash to the Clinton Foundation. The AP reported:
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
It’s actually worse than that – this count didn’t include representatives of 16 governments that gave $170 million to the Foundation.
The Associated Press also revealed that many of these people asked her for help directly. While the AP mentioned that the meetings “do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009,” it’s clear that the Clinton Foundation and State Department essentially acted as a giant clearing house for Clinton favors and cash.
But don’t worry: Clinton’s campaign says that this is all aboveboard and wonderful.
And naturally, Clinton’s representatives say there’s no smoking gun for impropriety. Which makes sense when you delete tens of thousands of emails and hold phone calls and in-person meetings rather than correspondence via email.
The Obama administration once pledged that it would end the revolving door between lobbying and government. But they didn’t even bother to close the door halfway – Hillary essentially acted as her own lobbyist and governing force. That redounded to the benefit of Bangladeshi economist Muhammed Yunis; Hillary helped him in a conflict with a nonprofit bank. His nonprofit bank gave Hillary hundreds of thousands of dollars. In May 2012, Hillary even chided the Bangladeshi government for not being more forthcoming with Yunis’ bank.
Then there’s the Blackstone Group. Blackstone gave hundreds of thousands to the Clinton Foundation; its chairman received special treatment from the State Department on a visa issue.
Or how about MAC AIDS, a charitable organization associated with Estee Lauder? MAC AIDS gave between $5 and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation – and suddenly received work from the USAID program in a public-private partnership. How convenient!
Democrats now say that the Clintons will disassociate from the Foundation if Hillary’s elected. But they didn’t in 2008. And we still don’t know the extent of their corruption. Imagine Hillary Clinton with more than the State Department to sell. Imagine Hillary Clinton with the entire power of the federal government to broker for cash.