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- October 28, 2016

“A Hillary Clinton Presidency Will Be Built, From The Ground Up, On Self-Dealing, Crony Favors, And An Utter Disregard For The Law.”
 
Excerpts from The Wall Street Journal

By: Kimberley A. Strassel
Friday, October 28, 2016

"In an election season that has been full of surprises, let’s hope the electorate understands that there is at least one thing of which it can be certain: A Hillary Clinton presidency will be built, from the ground up, on self-dealing, crony favors, and an utter disregard for the law.

“This isn’t a guess... It comes in the form of a memo written in 2011 by longtime Clinton errand boy Doug Band, who for years worked simultaneously at the Clinton Foundation and at the head of his lucrative consulting business, Teneo.

“It is astonishingly detailed proof that the Clintons do not draw any lines between their ‘charitable’ work, their political activity, their government jobs or (and most important) their personal enrichment. Every other American is expected to keep these pursuits separate, as required by tax law, anticorruption law and campaign-finance law. For the Clintons, it is all one and the same—the rules be damned.

“The cross-pollination is flagrant, and Mr. Band gives example after example of how it works.

“Teneo’s incestuous behavior also included Mrs. Clinton’s State Department. The Band memo boasts that Mr. Kelly (while he was Mrs. Clinton’s State envoy) introduced the then-head of UBS Wealth Management, Bob McCann, to Bill Clinton at an American Ireland Fund event in 2009. ‘Mr. Kelly subsequently asked Mr. Mccann [sic] to support the Foundation, which he did... Mr. Kelly also encouraged Mr. Mccann [sic] to invite President Clinton to give several paid speeches, which he has done,’ reads Mr. Band’s memo. UBS ultimately paid Bill $2 million.

“The memo removes any doubt that the foundation is little more than an unregistered super PAC working on the Clintons’ behalf. Donors to the charity are simultaneously tapped to give Bill speech requests and other business arrangements... Mr. Band’s memo also notes his success at getting donors to ‘support candidates running for office that President Clinton was supporting.’

“It’s now 2016 and Bill’s most favorite candidate is running for the presidency. There’s no question foundation donors are being 'leveraged' for Mrs. Clinton.

“The obvious question is where are the prosecutors? (For that matter, where is Lois Lerner when you need her?) Any nonprofit lawyer in America knows the ironclad rule of keeping private enrichment away from tax-exempt activity, for the simple reason that mixing the two involves ripping off taxpayers. Every election lawyer in the country lives in fear of stepping over the lines governing fundraising and election vehicles. The Clintons recognize no lines.

“This is how the Clintons operate. They don’t change. Any one who pulls the lever for Mrs. Clinton takes responsibility for setting up the nation for all the blatant corruption that will follow.”

Read the full column here.

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