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...And It's Only Wednesday

- August 24, 2016

Stories This Week Have Shined A Spotlight On Clinton's Shady Foundation


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • The stories this week about Clinton's shady Foundation have been bad, and it's only Wednesday.
  • One of Clinton's top aides Huma Abedin accepted offers to fly private around the country while she was a State Department employee.
  • Over half of the non-government people that Clinton met with at the State Department were Foundation donors.
  • A Ukrainian foundation donor with various international interests was invited to a dinner at the Clintons' home.
  • Clinton's aides were arranging meetings for foreign dignitaries through the Foundation after "official channels" didn't work.
  • Disgraced Foundation donor Raj Fernando was still getting private meetings with Clinton even after ABC News ran an expose on his lack of national security experience following his appointment to a State Department security board.
  • Recent headlines have spiked the scrutiny on the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a slew of fresh editorials slamming the corrupt organization.
  • No wonder it's been 263 days since she has held a press conference.

The Los Angeles Times Headline: "Ties To Clinton Foundation Are A Knotty Problem For Hillary's Campaign" (David Horsey, "Ties To Clinton Foundation Are A Knotty Problem For Hillary's Campaign,"The Los Angeles Times , 8/24/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign" (Amy Chozick and Steve Elder, "Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign," The New York Times, 8/20/16)

Bloomberg Headline: "Clinton Confronts New Scrutiny Over E-Mails, Foundation Ties" (Ben Brody and Andrew Harris, "Clinton Confronts New Scrutiny Over E-Mails, Foundation Ties," Bloomberg, 8/22/16)

THIS WEEK CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ENGULFED BY NEW REVELATIONS OF HOW THE CLINTON FOUNDATION INFLUENCED CLINTON AND HER STATE DEPARTMENT

Over Half Of The People Outside The Government That Clinton Met With As Secretary Of State Were Foundation Donors

More Than Half Of The Non-Government People That Clinton Met With At The State Department Were Donors To The Clinton Foundation. "More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

The 85 Of The 154 Individuals With Private Interests Clinton Met With Or Talked To Over The Phone Had Contributed As Much As $156 Million To The Foundation. "They are among at least 85 of 154 people with private interests who either met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton and also gave to her family's charities, 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. The 154 does not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

The Frequency Of The Meetings "Shows The Intermingling Of Access And Donations, And Fuels Perceptions That Giving The Foundation Money Was The Price Of Admission For Face Time With Clinton." "But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Took Requests For Meetings With Foundation Donor, The Crowned Prince Of Bahrain, From Foundation Official Doug Band After "Official Channels" Didn't Work

Doug Band Emailed Huma Abedin To Set Up A Meeting For The Crown Prince Of Bahrain After "Normal" Channels Didn't Work. "In an exchange from June 2009, a Clinton Foundation official and longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton wrote to Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Mrs. Clinton at the State Department, seeking a meeting between the crown prince of Bahrain and Mrs. Clinton. 'Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday. Asking to see her,' the official, Doug Band, wrote, using shorthand for 'crown prince.' He added: 'Good friend of ours.' Ms. Abedin, a longtime confidante of Mrs. Clinton who is now working for her campaign, responded that Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa had sought a meeting with Mrs. Clinton the previous week 'thru normal channels,' and that the secretary of state had said she 'doesn't want to commit to anything for Thurs or Fri until she knows how she will feel.'" (Rebecca Ballhaus, "New Emails Show Clinton Foundation Sought Access To State Department On Donors' Behalf," The Wall Street Journal , 8/22/16)

The Kingdom Of Bahrain Has Donated Up To $100,000 To The Clinton Foundation, And The Crowned Prince Has Worked With CGI On Other Projects. "Meeting with foreign heads of state is a primary role for a U.S. secretary of state. Critics of Mrs. Clinton have raised questions about Clinton Foundation officials' access to and influence in the State Department during her tenure. The Kingdom of Bahrain has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation since its founding, according to the organization's disclosures. The crown prince in 2005 launched a scholarship program through the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects, that was intended to 'educate select Bahraini students to take leadership roles in the private and public sectors,' according to the CGI website." (Rebecca Ballhaus, "New Emails Show Clinton Foundation Sought Access To State Department On Donors' Behalf," The Wall Street Journal , 8/22/16)

"These Emails "Provide New Examples Of A Clinton Foundation Official Seeking Access To The State Department On Behalf Of Donors…" "Emails released Monday provide new examples of a Clinton Foundation official seeking access to the State Department on behalf of donors at a time when Hillary Clinton led the department." (Rebecca Ballhaus, "New Emails Show Clinton Foundation Sought Access To State Department On Donors' Behalf," The Wall Street Journal , 8/22/16)

Clinton Hosted Foundation Donor, Ukrainian Businessman Viktor Pinchuk, At A Dinner At Her Home While Serving As Secretary Of State

Viktor Pinchuk Attended A 2012 Dinner At Clinton's Home. "People who attended the 2012 dinner at Mrs. Clinton's home here said it was a large, buffet-style affair-not an intimate sit-down dinner-and that Mr. Pinchuk spent no more than a minute talking to Mrs. Clinton on a receiving line." (Peter Nicholas, "As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Hosted At Dinner A Ukrainian Donor To Family Foundation," The Wall Street Journal , 8/24/16)

  • In Correspondence Between Clinton's Top Aides, The Dinner Was Referred To As A "Clinton Foundation Dinner." "A note about the dinner from a foundation official to Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton's top deputies at the State Department, described the event as a 'Clinton Foundation dinner' in June 2012 at the home of the Democratic presidential nominee and included a list of guests attending." (Peter Nicholas, "As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Hosted At Dinner A Ukrainian Donor To Family Foundation," The Wall Street Journal , 8/24/16)

Pinchuk Is A Former Member Of Ukrainian Parliament, And His Foundation Has Donated "At Least $8.6 Million To The Clinton Foundation When Mrs. Clinton Was Secretary Of State." "Mr. Pinchuk's Ukraine-based foundation donated at least $8.6 million to the Clinton Foundation when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. He is a former Ukrainian member of Parliament whose wealth comes from a pipe-making business." (Peter Nicholas, "As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Hosted At Dinner A Ukrainian Donor To Family Foundation," The Wall Street Journal , 8/24/16)

During The Same Time Pinchuk Attended This Dinner, He Had Former Clinton Administration Officials On Retainer To Lobby The State Department And The White House To Promote Democratization In The Ukraine. "During the period in which he attended the dinner, Mr. Pinchuk had retained Doug Schoen as a lobbyist to help set up meetings with State Department and White House officials in part to promote the goal of democratization in the Ukraine. Mr. Schoen is a former adviser to former President Bill Clinton." (Peter Nicholas, "As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Hosted At Dinner A Ukrainian Donor To Family Foundation," The Wall Street Journal , 8/24/16)

While Working At The State Department, Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Was Flying Private Across The Country On Foundation Donors Private Jets

CNBC Headline: "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin" (Eamon Javers, "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin," CNBC, 8/23/16)

In 2012, Abedin Was Offered To Fly Private On A Foundation Donors Private Jet. "On Saturday afternoon, November 3, 2012, a Clinton Foundation staffer emailed a tempting offer to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's key aide at the State Department. 'Are you coming to [Little Rock, Arkansas]?' he asked. 'We have donors flying privately on Friday afternoon if u want a ride.'" (Eamon Javers, "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin," CNBC, 8/23/16)

Abedin Accepted The Offer. "Abedin, apparently, said yes. The next Monday, from her State Department email account, she emailed her full name and date of birth to the staffer, who replied: 'Is your personal email working yet?" (Eamon Javers, "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin," CNBC, 8/23/16)

"Accepting Private Jet Flights Is Not Standard Practice For Government Employees In Washington." (Eamon Javers, "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin," CNBC, 8/23/16)

"The Episode Underscores The Way The Clinton Foundation Donors And State Department Employees Interacted Under Secretary Of State Clinton - Often To Their Mutual Benefit." (Eamon Javers, "Behind The Private Jet Journey Of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin," CNBC, 8/23/16)

Over A Two Year Period, A Top Clinton Foundation Official Left Nearly 150 Voicemails For Clinton's Top State Department Aide Cheryl Mills

Laura Graham, Who At The Time Was The Foundation's COO, Left Voice Mails For Cheryl Mills At Least 148 Times While She Was Serving As Clinton's Top Aide At The State Department. "A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton's four-year tenure as America's top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham - then the Clinton Foundation's chief operating officer - between 2010 and 2012. No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found." (James Rosen, "Clinton Foundation Executive Left 148 Phone Messages For Clinton's Top Aide," Fox News, 8/23/16)

"The Call Logs Reflect A Wide Cross-Section Of Individuals Angling For The Secretaries Ear…" "The call logs reflect a wide cross-section of individuals angling for the secretary's ear, from celebrities like Sean Penn to elder statesmen of the Democratic Party like Vernon Jordan. The messages include a number averring to irksome home-renovation issues Mills was facing, and even one left by the chief of staff's mother, who told her daughter, through the intermediary of a State Department secretary, in September 2011: 'Please call. Hadn't heard from you in so long and was wondering if you are out of town.'" (James Rosen, "Clinton Foundation Executive Left 148 Phone Messages For Clinton's Top Aide," Fox News, 8/23/16)

Disgraced Foundation Donor Raj Fernando Who Resigned From His Board Appointment After The Press Asked Questions About His Qualifications Was Still Getting Meetings With Clinton After His Resignation

Raj Fernando "Wielded Some Clout With Clinton Even After He Was The Subject Of An ABC News Expose About His Lack Of Qualifications To Be On The State Department's International Security Advisory Board." "The Sun-Times has learned that Chicago's Raj Fernando, a mega donor to the Clinton Foundation - and a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns - still wielded some clout with Clinton even after he was the subject of an ABC News expose about his lack of qualifications to be on the State Department's International Security Advisory Board." (Lynn Sweet, "Questions On Clinton Foundation, Emails Plague Clinton," The Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/16)

  • Fernando Was A Super Delegate For Clinton At The Democratic Convention In Philadelphia. "A spokesman for Fernando, who was a super delegate for Clinton at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, declined to comment." (Lynn Sweet, "Questions On Clinton Foundation, Emails Plague Clinton," The Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/16)

Even After The ABC Expose, Fernando Met With Clinton At Least Once In A "Private Pull Aside." "Fernando, who founded Chopper Trading, quit the advisory panel in Aug. 17, 2011 after attending one meeting, following the ABC report. But a copy of a newly obtained Clinton State Department schedule for March 14, 2012, provided to the Sun-Times by Citizens United, a conservative group, shows that Fernando had a five-minute appointment with Clinton, called a 'private pull aside' in Clinton's outer office." (Lynn Sweet, "Questions On Clinton Foundation, Emails Plague Clinton," The Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/16)

EDITORIALS NATIONWIDE HAVE ALSO SLAMMED CLINTON FOLLOWING THESE FOUNDATION REVELATIONS

The Washington Post Editorial Headline: "The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn't Look Like" (Editorial, "The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn't Look Like," The Washington Post , 8/23/16)

  • The Washington Post Editorial: "Foundation Staff Appealed To Ms. Clinton's Staff On Behalf Of Donors, Including Foreign Ones." (Editorial, "The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn't Look Like," The Washington Post , 8/23/16)
  • The Washington Post Editorial: "But Why Were These Emails Going Back And Forth Between State And Foundation Staff At All?" (Editorial, "The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn't Look Like," The Washington Post , 8/23/16)
  • The Washington Post Editorial: "After Promising To Avoid Any Conflict Or Appearance Of Conflict, Ms. Clinton Left Ample Room For Perceptions That Access To The Clinton Foundation Could Enable Access To The Government." (Editorial Board, "The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn't Look Like," The Washington Post , 8/23/16)

USA Today Editorial Headline: "Mothball The Clinton Foundation: Our View" (Editorial, "Mothball The Clinton Foundation: Our View,"USA Today , 8/23/16)

  • USA Today Editorial: "Ending Foreign And Corporate Contributions Is A Good Step, But Allowing Them To Continue At Least Through The First Week Of November Looks More Like An Influence-Peddling Fire Sale (Give While You Still Can!) Than A Newfound Commitment To Clean Government." (Editorial, "Mothball The Clinton Foundation: Our View,"USA Today , 8/23/16)
  • USA Today Editorial: "The Plans Range From The Laughable To The Laudable, And They Are Woefully Incomplete." (Editorial Board, "Mothball The Clinton Foundation: Our View,"USA Today , 8/23/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Headline: "Clinton's Colin Powell Excuse" (Editorial, "Clinton's Colin Powell Excuse," The Wall Street Journal, 8/22/16)

  • The Wall Street Journal Editorial: "These Latest Emails Are Further Evidence That Mrs. Clinton Set Up Her Private Server To Prevent The Public From Seeing How Hillary And Bill Mixed Public Power With Their Personal Financial And Political Ambitions Via The Family Foundation." (Editorial, "Clinton's Colin Powell Excuse," The Wall Street Journal, 8/22/16)
  • The Wall Street Journal Editorial: "When She Got Caught, Mrs. Clinton Cherry-Picked The Emails She'd Turn Over To State And Tried To Destroy The Rest. Meanwhile, Everyone Important In The World Understood That A Gift To The Clinton Foundation Was A Way To Influence The U.S. Government." (Editorial, "Clinton's Colin Powell Excuse," The Wall Street Journal, 8/22/16)

The New York Post Editorial Headline: "Another Email Dump, More Proof Of Clinton Inc. Sleaze" (Editorial, "Another Email Dump, More Proof Of Clinton Inc. Sleaze," The New York Post, 8/22/16)

  • The New York Post Editorial: "All Par For The Course For A Crew That Can't Tell The Difference Between The People's Business And Their Own." (Editorial, "Another Email Dump, More Proof Of Clinton Inc. Sleaze," The New York Post, 8/22/16)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial Headline: "A Pattern Emerges" (Editorial, "A Pattern Emerges," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/24/16)

  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial: "But Why Wait Till Now To Announce These Supposed Reforms?" (Editorial, "A Pattern Emerges," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/24/16)
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial: "Weren't They Just As Much An Ongoing Conflict Of Interest When Hillary Rodham Clinton Was 'Only' Secretary Of State?" (Editorial, "A Pattern Emerges," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 8/24/16)
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial: "Those Of Us Who Watched Her Rise Here In Arkansas Will Know She's Been Getting Away With Ethical Shortcuts For A Long, Long Time And The Lower She Sinks, The Higher She Rises In The Esteem Of Her Fans--Or Just Of Those Who Have Benefited From Her Largesse." (Editorial, "A Pattern Emerges," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/24/16)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Headline: "Release Clinton Emails" (Editorial Board, "Release Clinton Emails,"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , 8/23/16)

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: "But The Coziness Is Troubling." (Editorial Board, "Release Clinton Emails," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , 8/23/16)
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: "The Foundation Appears To Have Been An Open Door Through Which Well-Heeled Donors Could Walk To Gain Access To Clinton." (Editorial Board, "Release Clinton Emails," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , 8/23/16)

The Boston Herald Editorial Headline: "Donations Buy Access" (Editorial, "Donations Buy Access," The Boston Herald, 8/23/16)

  • The Boston Herald Editorial: "Bill Clinton's Pledge To Ban Foreign And Corporate Donations To The Foundation Should Hillary Be Elected Leaves Way Too Much Wiggle Room For Precisely The Kind Of Access Buying That Ran Rampant During Mrs. Clinton's State Department Years. Nothing Short Of Closing Up Shop Will Do." (Editorial Board, "Donations Buy Access," The Boston Herald, 8/23/16)

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