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Clinton’s Chief Strategist Spews Lies About Clinton Foundation Donor Disclosure

- September 25, 2016

Today, The Clinton Campaign’s Chief Strategist, Joel Benenson, Asserted That The Clinton Foundation Discloses All Of Their Donors. FOX NEWS’ CHRIS WALLACE: “I’ve got about a minute left, and I want to ask you about one other thing, you heard Mike Pence go on about the differences between the Trump Foundation and the Clinton Foundation and he said the Clinton Foundation was pay-to-play. You gave money to the foundation, you got special access to the State Department. Your response to that? The calendar does show that more than half of nongovernmental people she met with were donors to the foundation.” CHIEF STRATEGIST JOEL BENENSON: “No, No. 85 people out of over 2,000 people.” WALLACE: “No, 85 out of 150.” BENENSON: “No Chris, as you know, two weeks after the initial headlines said half the people -- nongovernmental people she met with, the AP took down their headline, their statement, acknowledging it was wrong and sloppy because they only looked at a small sliver of the nongovernmental people she met with. But, the important point on the Clinton Foundation, and maybe Governor Pence's proximity to Donald Trump is going to rank him on the record breakers of people who have been fact checked for lying and dissembling. The fact is the Clinton donation discloses all their donors. Governor Pence should know that.” (Fox News Sunday, 9/25/16)

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CURRENTLY, THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT DISCLOSE ALL OF THEIR DONORS

There Are 1,000 Unknown Donors To The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership

Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership Is A Canadian Charity, Which Moves “Significant Sums Of Money Into The Clinton Foundation’s Flagship In New York.” “Canadian charity called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership—which is run by one of Bill Clinton’s close friends, Frank Giustra—has been moving significant sums of money into the Clinton Foundation’s flagship in New York.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

There Is No Way To Know Exactly How Much Money CGEP Has Taken In, Because Canadian Non-Profit Law Says Charities Do Not Need To Report Donors. “There’s no way for the public to know precisely how much total money the CGEP has taken in over the years—or how much it has forwarded on to the Clinton Foundation—because, unlike in the United States, under Canadian non-profit law charities don’t need to report donors to tax authorities.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

  • In 2015, Under Pressure From The Press, CGEP Released The Names Of 24 Donors, But More Than 1,000 Are Still Unknown. “Earlier this year, after being severely criticized by the Canadian press, the CGEP released the names of twenty-four of its donors, but more than 1,000 are still unknown. (CGEP wrote in an email that ‘going forward [it] will publicly disclose all future donors.’)” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

Known Donations Surrounding The Controversial Uranium One Deal Remain Undisclosed On The Clinton Foundation Website

In 2009, The Fernwood Foundation Donated $1 Million, The Same Year Uranium One “Appealed To The American Embassy To Help Keep Its Mines In Kazakhstan, $250,000 In 2010, The Year The Russians Sought Majority Control; As Well As $600,000 In 2011 And $500,000 In 2012.” “His donations through the Fernwood Foundation included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011 and $500,000 in 2012.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

  • The Fernwood Foundation Donations Remain Undisclosed On The Clinton Foundation Website. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 5/1/16)

Ian Telfer Has A Family Charity Called The Fernwood Foundation, Which Donated Millions “During And After The Critical Time When The Foreign Investment Committee Was Reviewing His Deal With The Russians.” “But a review of tax records in Canada, where Mr. Telfer has a family charity called the Fernwood Foundation, shows that he donated millions of dollars more, during and after the critical time when the foreign investment committee was reviewing his deal with the Russians.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

Ian Telfer Was The Chairman Of Uranium One. “The new company, which kept the Uranium One name, was controlled by UrAsia investors including Ian Telfer, a Canadian who became chairman.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

By 2009, Uranium One’s Stock Was In “Free-Fall, Down 40 Percent.” “By June 2009, a little over a year after the star-studded evening in Toronto, Uranium One’s stock was in free-fall, down 40 percent.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

Rosatom Was Eyeing A Stake In Uranium One. “At the time, Russia was already eying a stake in Uranium One, Rosatom company documents show.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

  • Rosatom Is The Russian Atomic Energy Agency. “The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

In The 2010 Deal, The Russians Offered Shareholders Like Telfer A “Special Dividend” Meaning He Stood To Profit From The Deal. “With the Russians offering a special dividend, shareholders like Mr. Telfer stood to profit.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire,Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company,” The New York Times, 4/23/15)

The Clinton Foundation’s Website Currently Conceals A Lot Of Information About Foundation Donors And Is “Deliberately Misleading”

The Donor List Posted On The Foundation’s Website Does Not Provide Nationality Or Occupation Of The Donors, The Dates They Contributed, Or Precise Amounts Of Contributions.  “The list posted on the foundation's Web site -- www.clintonfoundation.org -- did not provide the nationality or occupation of the donors, the dates they contributed or the precise amounts of their gifts, instead breaking down contributors by dollar ranges. Nor did the list include pledges for future donations. As a result, it is impossible to know from the list which donations were made while Mr. Clinton was still president or while Mrs. Clinton was running for president.” (Peter Baker and Charlie Savage, “In Clinton List, A Veil Is Lifted On Foundation,” The New York Times, 12/19/08)

  • These Limits To Transparency Make It Difficult To Track Trends In Giving Over Time, And As A Result, It Is Impossible To Determine How Much Particular Donors Contributed In The Months Since Hillary Clinton Joined The Foundation. “And the foundation tallies the giving of each donor only cumulatively, making it difficult to track trends in giving over time. As a result, it is not possible to determine how much particular donors contributed in the months since Hillary Clinton joined the foundation in 2013.” (Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Steven Rich, “Clintons’ Foundation Has Raised Nearly $2 Billion — And Some Key Questions,” The Washington Post, 2/18/15)

Harper’s Ken Silverstein: It Is An Open Secret That The Clinton Foundation’s Financial Records Are Deliberately Misleading. “Democrats and Clinton apologists will write these accusations off as conspiracy mongering and right-wing propaganda, but it’s an open secret to anyone remotely familiar with accounting and regulatory requirements for charities that the financial records are deliberately misleading. And not coincidentally, those records were long filed by a Little Rock–based accounting firm called BKD, a regional auditor with little international experience.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

THE FOUNDATION ALSO HAS A HISTORY OF DISCLOSURE FAILURES

Clinton Made Empty Promises About Disclosing Information On Her Foundation That She Didn’t Keep

In November 2008, The Clinton Foundation Agreed To Publicly Disclose Clinton Foundation Donors As Part Of An Agreement With Obama’s Transition Team That Cleared That Way For Hillary Clinton To Become Secretary Of State. “Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to disclose publicly the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of an accord with President-elect Barack Obama that clears the way for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to become secretary of state, Democrats close to both sides said on Saturday.” (Peter Baker, “Clinton To Name Donors As Part Of Obama Deal,” The New York Times, 11/30/08)

Additionally, Bill Clinton Agreed To “Submit His Future Personal Speeches And Business Activities For Review By State Department Ethics Officials, And If Necessary, By The White House Counsel’s Office.” “The disclosure of contributors is among nine conditions that Mr. Clinton signed off on during discussions with representatives of Mr. Obama; all go beyond the requirements of law. Among other issues, he agreed to incorporate his Clinton Global Initiative separately from his foundation so that he has less direct involvement. The initiative, which promotes efforts to fight disease, poverty and climate change, would no longer hold annual meetings outside of the United States or accept new contributions from foreign governments. Mr. Clinton also agreed to submit his future personal speeches and business activities for review by State Department ethics officials and, if necessary, by the White House counsel's office.” (Peter Baker, “Clinton To Name Donors As Part Of Obama Deal,” The New York Times, 11/30/08)

The Foundation Reported It Had Received “Zero” Contributions From Foreign Governments, Despite Taking In Millions In Undisclosed Donations

“The Clinton Foundation Accepted Millions Of Dollars From Seven Foreign Governments During Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Tenure As Secretary Of State…” “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.” (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “Foreign Governments Gave Millions To Foundation While Clinton Was At State Dept.,” The Washington Post, 2/25/15)

  • “Some Of The Donations Came From Countries With Complicated Diplomatic, Military And Financial Relationships With The U.S. Government, Including Kuwait, Qatar And Oman.”(Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “Foreign Governments Gave Millions To Foundation While Clinton Was At State Dept.,” The Washington Post, 2/25/15)

“For Three Years In A Row Beginning In 2010, The Clinton Foundation Reported To The IRS That It Received Zero In Funds From Foreign And U.S. Governments…” ‘For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.’ (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors," Reuters, 4/23/15)

"Those Entries Were Errors, According To The Foundation," As Several Foreign Governments Contributed Tens Of Millions To The Foundation During That Time Period. "Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation's work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors," Reuters, 4/23/15)

Clinton Foundation CEO Maura Pally Wrote: "Yes, We Made Mistakes, As Many Organizations Of Our Size Do, But We Are Acting Quickly To Remedy Them…" "In a blog post out Sunday, Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, but nevertheless said some errors had occurred. 'Yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don't happen in the future,' Pally wrote." (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes,'" CNN, 4/27/15)

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Failed To Disclose Donors

Reuters Headline: “Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors,” Reuters, 3/19/15)

CHAI’s Failure To Disclose Donors Make It “A Prominent Symbol Of The Broken Political Promise And Subsequent Lack Of Accountability Underlying The Charity-Related Controversies That Are Dogging Clinton As She Embarks On Her Campaign For President.” “The failures make the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is headquartered on Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, and goes by the acronym CHAI, a prominent symbol of the broken political promise and subsequent lack of accountability underlying the charity-related controversies that are dogging Clinton as she embarks on her campaign for president.” (Annie Linskey, “Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data,” The Boston Globe, 4/30/15)

CHAI Released Only A Partial Donor List For The First Time In 2015 And Called Its Failure To Disclose Its Donors In The Past “An Oversight.” “CHAI, which is best known for helping to reduce the cost of drugs for people with HIV in the developing world, published a partial donor list for the first time only this year. CHAI should have published the names during 2010-2013, when Clinton was in office, CHAI spokeswoman Maura Daley acknowledged this week. ‘Not doing so was an oversight which we made up for this year,’ she told Reuters in an email when asked why it had not published any donor lists until a few weeks ago.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors,” Reuters, 3/19/15)

Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership Has Failed To Disclosure Donors

The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) Is A Canadian Charity, Which Moves “Significant Sums Of Money Into The Clinton Foundation’s Flagship In New York.” “Canadian charity called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership—which is run by one of Bill Clinton’s close friends, Frank Giustra—has been moving significant sums of money into the Clinton Foundation’s flagship in New York.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

There Is No Way To Know Exactly How Much Money CGEP Has Taken In, Or Exactly From Who, Because Canadian Non-Profit Law Says Charities Do Not Need To Report Donors. “There’s no way for the public to know precisely how much total money the CGEP has taken in over the years—or how much it has forwarded on to the Clinton Foundation—because, unlike in the United States, under Canadian non-profit law charities don’t need to report donors to tax authorities.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

According To Investigative Reporting From Harper’s Ken Silverstein, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership Has Received Money From Corrupt Officials In South Africa During The Former Regime Of Jacob Zuma And From Senior Officials In Equatorial Guinea. “One money-laundering expert and former intelligence officer based in the Middle East—who had access to the foundation’s confidential banking information—told me that members of the royal family in Middle Eastern countries, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, have donated money to the CGEP that has then been sluiced through to the Clinton Foundation. He told me that the CGEP has received money from corrupt officials in South Africa during the former regime of Jacob Zuma and from senior officials in Equatorial Guinea, one of the most brutal and crooked dictatorships in the world.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

The Clinton Foundation May Have Violated Treasury Department Money-Laundering Rules By Not Disclosing An Account Linked To The CGEP On It’s Past Eight Tax Returns. “There are other signs that the Clintons and their foundation may have violated federal, state, and international law. Under Treasury Department money-laundering rules, the Clinton Foundation is required to disclose every financial account it holds abroad. It has failed to disclose an account linked to the CGEP on its past eight tax returns.” (Ken Silverstein, “Shaky Foundations,” Harper’s Magazine, 11/18/15)

The Clinton Foundation Failed To Disclose $26.4 Million In Speaking Honoraria, Only Revealing The Money When Pressed On The Matter

In May 2015, The Clinton Foundation Reported That It Has Received As Much As $26 Million In Previously Undisclosed Speaking Fees. “The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups … The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as “revenue” rather than donations, which is why they had not been included in the public listings of its contributors published as part of the 2008 agreement.” (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments,” The Washington Post, 5/21/15)

The Disclosure Came As The Foundation Faced Questions “Over Whether It Fully Complied With A 2008 Ethics Agreement To Reveal Its Donors And Whether Any Of Its Funding Sources Present Conflicts Of Interest. “The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.” (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments,” The Washington Post, 5/21/15)


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