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Leaked Email: Convicted Felon James Riady Funding Clinton Foundation Initiative

- November 5, 2016

The Clinton Foundation's Asia Climate Group Received "Funding From James Riady." "The Asia Climate group is working on building a retrofit program in Indonesia with funding from James Riady." (Email From Andrew Kessel To Bruce Lindsey, John Podesta, Chelsea Clinton, And Cheryl Mills, "Clinton Foundation Board Meeting Binder," WikiLeaks, 12/7/12)

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INDONESIAN BUSINESSMAN JAMES RIADY WAS BARRED FROM THE U.S. AFTER HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A CAMPAIGN FINANCE SCANDAL WITH THE CLINTONS

Riady Plead Guilty To "Conspiracy To Defraud The United States" "Through Illegal Contributions To The Campaigns Of Bill Clinton And Other Democrats"

In 2001, Indonesian Businessman James Riady Pled Guilty To "Conspiracy To Defraud The United States" And As A Result Was Barred From Traveling To The Country. "In March 2004, James Riady, an Indonesian tycoon and devout Christian, received an honorary doctorate from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. The university -- which has a scholarship program funded by the Indonesian -- didn't announce the honor. Nor did Riady pick up the diploma in person: He'd been barred from America after pleading guilty in 2001 to a 'conspiracy to defraud the United States' through illegal contributions to the campaigns of Bill Clinton and other Democrats." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady's "Conspiracy To Defraud" Came "Through Illegal Contributions To The Campaigns Of Bill Clinton And Other Democrats." He'd been barred from America after pleading guilty in 2001 to a 'conspiracy to defraud the United States' through illegal contributions to the campaigns of Bill Clinton and other Democrats." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady Had To Pay "The Biggest Penalty In The History Of U.S. Campaign Finance Violations"

Riady's Family Run-Conglomerate, Lippo Group, Had To Pay An $8.6 Million Fine, "The Biggest Penalty In The History Of U.S. Campaign Finance Violations." "The saga brought Riady and his family-run conglomerate, Lippo Group, an $8.6 million fine, the biggest penalty in the history of U.S. campaign finance violations." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

RIADY'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE SCANDAL WAS "ONE OF THE MURKIEST EPISODES OF THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY"

Riady Famously Pledged $1 Million To Bill Clinton's Presidential Campaign During A 1992 Limousine Ride

Riady's "Ties To The Clinton's Have Been A Source Of Heated Controversy Since The Late 1990s." "The ethnic Chinese magnate's ties to the Clintons have been a source of heated controversy since the late 1990s, when Riady became embroiled in one of the murkiest episodes of the Clinton presidency -- a campaign fundraising scandal that caused a big political ruckus in Washington amid Republican Party allegations, never proved, of meddling by China's intelligence services in American politics." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady First Met Bill Clinton In 1978 After Purchasing A Local Arkansas Bank And Had "Frequent Contacts" With Clinton Throughout Riady's Business Tenure In Arkansas. " Riady, who trained as an investment banker in New York, met Bill Clinton in 1978 when the Indonesian spent four months in Little Rock, where Lippo bought a local bank, according to court documents. Returning to the United States in 1984, Riady stayed in Arkansas for two years before moving to California, and had frequent contacts with then-governor Clinton." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

"After A 1992 Limousine Ride With [Bill Clinton], [Riady] Pledged To Help Raise $1 Million For The [Clinton's] Presidential Campaign And Visited The White House Repeatedly During The Clinton Presidency, According To Court Documents." "Riady, who obtained a green card that he later gave up, told prosecutors that he didn't make political contributions during his early years in Arkansas but that he did later get involved in Democratic fundraising. After a 1992 limousine ride with Clinton, he pledged to help raise $1 million for the governor's presidential campaign and visited the White House repeatedly during the Clinton presidency, according to court documents." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady's Relationship With The Clinton's "Ended In Disaster" After Riady Admitted To Use Of "Dishonest And Deceitful Means" To Fill The Clinton Campaign Coffers

Riady Had Been "Embroiled In One Of The Murkiest Episodes Of The Clinton Presidency -- A Campaign Fundraising Scandal That Caused A Big Political Ruckus." "The ethnic Chinese magnate's ties to the Clintons have been a source of heated controversy since the late 1990s, when Riady became embroiled in one of the murkiest episodes of the Clinton presidency -- a campaign fundraising scandal that caused a big political ruckus in Washington amid Republican Party allegations, never proved, of meddling by China's intelligence services in American politics." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady's Relationship With The Clintons "Ended In Disaster" When Riady Plead Guilty To A "Felony Charge Arising From His Use Of 'Dishonest And Deceitful Means' To Funnel Funds From Lippo Companies Overseas Into The Campaign Coffers Of Clinton." "The relationship ended in disaster for Riady, who, before a Los Angeles court in 2001, pleaded guilty to a felony charge arising from his use of 'dishonest and deceitful means' to funnel funds from Lippo companies overseas into the campaign coffers of Clinton and others. The money was not given directly by Riady or Lippo, but was used instead to reimburse other donors." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

RIADY'S 2009 RETURN TO THE U.S. SPARKED CONTROVERSY WITHIN HILLARY CLINTON'S STATE DEPARTMENT

Riady's Return To The U.S. "Caused Consternation" In Hillary Clinton's State Department

After Receiving A Visa Waiver, Riady's 2009 Return To The United States Posed A "Prickly Question For Hillary Clinton's State Department." "Riady's return to the United States poses a prickly question for Hillary Clinton's State Department: How and why did a foreign billionaire stained by Clinton-era scandals get a U.S. visa after being kept out for so long under the Bush administration?" (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

  • Riady Was Allowed Back In The U.S. Only After Receiving A Waiver From A Rule That Forbids Entry To Foreigners Guilty Of "A Crime Involving Moral Turpitude." "Last year, however, the Indonesian mogul finally made it to Arkansas. He traveled there during the first of two previously unreported trips he made in 2009 to the United States. He was allowed in only after receiving a waiver from a rule that forbids entry to foreigners guilty of 'a crime involving moral turpitude,' a term that government lawyers generally interpret to include fraud." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady's Return To The U.S. "Caused Consternation In The Upper Reaches" Of Hillary Clinton's State Department. " Riady's wide range of activities in America didn't violate the terms of his visa, American officials say, but they nonetheless caused consternation in the upper reaches of the State Department. The tycoon, one State Department official said, is free to apply to visit again but 'the reality of his past remains a significant obstacle for future travel to the United States.'" (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)

Riady Is A Donor To The Clinton Global Initiative

Riady Is Donor And Member Of The Clinton Global Initiative, Donating At Least $20,000. "He said he hadn't seen the Clintons during his 2009 trips to America but did pay $20,000 to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual gathering of prominent figures in politics, business and philanthropy sponsored by Bill Clinton." (Andrew Higgins, "How The Disgraced James Riady, Barred From Travel To The U.S., Made It Back," The Washington Post, 1/5/10)


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