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Clinton’s Corporate Inversion Double Speak

- February 4, 2016

In November, Clinton Attacked The Proposed Corporate Inversion By Pfizer

Clinton Attacked A Proposed Merger And So-Called Corporate Inversion By Drug Company Pfizer. "Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton attacked Pfizer Inc.'s plan to move its tax address to Ireland through a merger with Allergan Plc, saying it would hurt U.S. taxpayers and urging a crackdown on such deals." (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton Says Pfizer-Allergan Leaves Taxpayers 'Holding The Bag,'" Bloomberg, 11/23/15)

Clinton: "This Proposed Merger, And So-Called Inversions By Other Companies, Will Leave U.S. Taxpayers Holding The Bag." "'This proposed merger, and so-called inversions by other companies, will leave U.S. taxpayers holding the bag,' she said in a statement released Monday by her campaign. 'As president, I will fight to reform our tax system to reward growth, innovation, and job creation here in the United States. We cannot delay in cracking down on inversions that erode our tax base." (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton Says Pfizer-Allergan Leaves Taxpayers 'Holding The Bag,'" Bloomberg, 11/23/15)

Hillary Clinton Has Close Ties To A Top Pfizer Executive Who Is A Campaign Bundler

Sally Susman Is The Executive Vice President Of Corporate Affairs For Pfizer. "Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company whose diversified health care and consumer products are sold around the world." ("Sally Susman," Pfizer, Accessed 11/23/15)

Susman Is A Hillblazer To Hillary Clinton's Campaign For The 2016 Democratic Nominee. ("Hillblazers," Hillary Clinton, Accessed 11/23/15)

Susman Was Also A Hillraiser For Clinton's 2008 Presidential Campaign. ("Hillraisers," Hillary For President, Accessed 3/12/14 Via Wayback Machine)

Susman Has Donated $6,100 To Hillary Clinton's Campaigns Since 2003, Including $2,600 In April 2015. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 11/23/15)

In July 2015, Susman Co-hosted A Fundraising Event For Clinton's Campaign, Which Clinton Attended. "On June 13, at Clinton's first large-scale campaign rally on New York's Roosevelt Island, she took rhetorical aim at hedge fund operators, saying that 'the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America's kindergarten teachers combined.' Twelve days later - again in Manhattan - she held a pair of fund-raisers hosted by people who work for some of those same hedge funds. About 80 people showed up at the first event - hosted by five women, including two who work for hedge funds and two who work for private equity firms. Also, longtime Clinton donor Sally Susman, an executive with Pfizer, was listed as a host." (Annie Linskey, "A New Crop Of Backers Are Hosting Clinton Fund-Raising Galas," The Boston Globe , 7/12/15)

Susman Is Also The Vice Chair Of The Pfizer Foundation, Which Donated Heavily To The Clinton Foundation

Susman Is The Vice Chair Of The Pfizer Foundation. "Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company whose diversified health care and consumer products are sold around the world. She is a member of Pfizer's Executive Leadership Team, chairs Pfizer's Political Action Committee and is Vice Chair of the Pfizer Foundation, which promotes access to quality health care, nurtures innovation and supports the volunteerism of Pfizer's 100,000 employees." ("Sally Susman," Pfizer, Accessed 11/23/15)

The Pfizer Foundation Is A Charitable Organization Established By Pfizer Inc. And Gives Resources Locally And Internationally. "The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. Its mission is to promote access to quality The Pfizer Foundation provides funding and resources to local and international organizations that expand and improve global health strategies." ("The Pfizer Foundation," Pfizer, Accessed 11/23/15)

Pfizer Has Donated Between $1 Million And $5 Million To The Clinton Foundation. ("Contributor And Grantor Information," The Clinton Foundation, Accessed 11/23/15)

Pfizer Was A Sponsor Of The 2013 Clinton Global Initiative. (Clinton Foundation, "President Clinton Opened 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Emphasizing 'Mobilizing For Impact," Press Release , 9/24/13)

According To Politico, Susman Was Considered As A Potential Replacement For Bruce Lindsey As CEO Of The Clinton Foundation. "Some within the foundation urged that Lindsey be replaced by a political veteran with close ties to the Clintons who could carry out the Simpson Thacher recommendations. The argument was that major reforms should be balanced with political sensitivities ahead of 2016 and Hillary Clinton's presumed presidential run. Leslie Dach and Sally Susman-high-ranking executives at Walmart and Pfizer, respectively, who both worked in the Clinton administration-were considered, according to sources. They didn't respond to requests for comment, and a foundation official said, 'We do not comment on our hiring processes.'" (Kenneth Vogel, "Eric Braverman Tried To Change The Clinton Foundation. Then He Quit.," Politico, 3/1/15)

While Pfizer Was Lobbying The State Department, Clinton Appointed Susman To A State Department Advisory Board

In 2012, Secretary Clinton Appointed Sally Susman To Be A Member Of The International Council On Women's Business Leadership. "Secretary Clinton selected a distinguished, diverse, and international membership for the Council, representing a wide range of expertise and backgrounds, including leaders of American and foreign, public and private sector organizations. Secretary Clinton will serve as the Council's Chair. The Council's members are listed below; each will serve a two-year term…. Sally Susman…" (U.S. State Department, "Inaugural Meeting of Secretary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership" Press Release, 1/20/12)

Susman Chairs Pfizer's Political Action Committee. "Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company whose diversified health care and consumer products are sold around the world. She is a member of Pfizer's Executive Leadership Team, chairs Pfizer's Political Action Committee and is Vice Chair of the Pfizer Foundation, which promotes access to quality health care, nurtures innovation and supports the volunteerism of Pfizer's 100,000 employees." ("Sally Susman," Pfizer, Accessed 11/23/15)

Pfizer Lobbied The State Department Every Quarter During Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State. (Senate Office Of Public Records, Accessed 3/12/14)

Susman Directly Emailed Clinton's Top Aides While Hillary Was Secretary Of State Regarding Foundation-Related Matters. "The materials were clearly highly confidential, considering that Pfizer executive vice president of corporate affairs Sally Susman went out of her way to assure the Clinton Foundation that the materials were in 'safe hands.' 'Thank you for providing the materials. I have received both packages this morning and have begun to review. Please know that they are in my safe hands and I will keep them in confidence,' Susman wrote to future Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Cheryl Mills, Clinton Foundation officials Kessel and Bruce Lindsey, and some other people whose names were redacted." (Patrick Howley, "'Please Use My Gmail': Hillary Clinton Aide Tried To Hide Secret Coordination With Clinton Foundation," Breitbart , 9/28/15)


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