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The Corrupt Clinton Foundation Convenes

- June 10, 2016

As The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting Convenes, The Foundation's Shadiness Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, the annual Clinton Global Initiative America will convene in Atlanta.
  • The Clinton Foundation has already proven to be a big problem for Clinton's 2016 run, posing never-ending ethical and legal questions about the celebrity-infused family charity that Bill and Hillary Clinton started.
  • Just last week, we learned that the Clinton State Department appointed a Clinton Foundation donor, with no qualifications, to a top government intelligence board.
  • Team Clinton has been forced to confront questions from her tenure as Secretary of State about inappropriate use of funds, conflicts of interest and transparency gaps that have sent the campaign off message.
  • As questions swirl, the Clintons refuse to explain what role Bill Clinton would play should she be elected, and if any meaningful safeguards will exist to create a multi-billion dollar slush fund for one of the most ethically challenged duos in American politics.

Today, The Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting Will Convene In Atlanta, GA. "The sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting will be held June 12-14, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. CGI is pleased to announce new programming and participants in this year's meeting, including President Jimmy Carter who will join President Bill Clinton in a special one-on-one conversation." (Clinton Global Initiative America, Accessed 6/9/16)

CGI, Specifically, Has Become A "Particularly Thorny Subject For The Clintons"

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Which Seeks Commitments From Corporations, "Has Become A Particularly Thorny Subject For The Clintons." "CGI, which seeks commitments from corporations, other non-profits and governments around the world to tackle problems ranging from childhood obesity to Ebola, has become a particularly thorny subject for the Clintons." (Ken Vogel, "Clinton Foundation Of Collision Course With Campaign," Politico, 1/28/16)

  • CGI Has Come Under Attack For "Accepting Huge Donations From Foreign Governments And Other Entities That Had Business Before The State Department During Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State." "It became a target of GOP attacks for accepting huge donations from foreign governments and other entities that had business before the State Department during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State." (Ken Vogel, "Clinton Foundation Of Collision Course With Campaign," Politico, 1/28/16)

"One Of The Reasons That The Clinton Foundation Has Become Such A Formidable Fund-Raising Machine Is That Donors Appear To Hope To Gain Access To The Corridors Of Political Power With Their Gifts." ("Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial," The Economist, 2/7/16)

  • The Problem With The Clinton Foundation Is It Appears "Vulnerable To Conflicts Of Interest." "The problem is that a foundation, which is led by an ex-president and someone who hopes to be elected president by the end of the year, can appear vulnerable to conflicts of interest." ("Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial," The Economist, 2/7/16)

THE FOUNDATION HAS ALREADY CAUSED MAJOR HEADACHES FOR CLINTON'S 2016 RUN

The Associated Press Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Family Foundation May Pose Significant Campaign Risks" (Ken Thomas, "Hillary Clinton's Family Foundation May Pose Significant Campaign Risks," The Associated Press , 2/22/15)

The Calculus At The Clinton Foundation "Has Started To Change," As Clinton's Presidential Campaign Moved Forward And GCI "Became Embroiled In Political Controversy." " The calculus has started to change, foundation sources say, as the foundation raised a $250-million endowment to sustain itself during Hillary Clinton's campaign and potential presidency, and as CGI became embroiled in political controversy." (Ken Vogel, "Clinton Foundation Of Collision Course With Campaign," Politico, 1/28/16)

Dragging Her Painfully Off-Message, Clinton Has Repeatedly Been Forced To Answer Questions About Controversies Surrounding The Foundation

In March, Clinton Was Pressed On Whether Or Not The Foundation Should Be "Wound Down" While She Runs For President For "Ethical" Reasons. MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOW: "Let me ask you one-- last question. Which I'm asking in part because we're here in New York. Which is-- the headquarters of The Clinton Foundation, and The Clinton Global Initiative. Is there a case to be made, an ethical case to be made that The Clinton Foundation and the Global Initiative should essentially be wound down as a family foundation while you run for president? I ask that because I think about the-- the good works, the good charitable works that The Clinton Foundation has done. But the way that some of that work gets done is by soliciting donations from people in this country, from people around the world, from organizations around the world. I think it is not unreasonable to suspect that people may give donations to The Clinton Foundation hoping that they will favorably influence your opinion toward them, as a presidential candidate, or eventually as president if you're elected. Is there an ethical concern there that there should be essentially-- a split between you and your family, (COUGH) and-- and-- and this foundation, that has done good work? But now you're in a different position-- with regard to potential donors." CLINTON: "Well, look, I-- I think that-- the work that it's done has been extraordinary. And I give the credit to my husband and my daughter, because I haven't been involved-- for that long. And, you know, when I look at what they've accomplished, and what they've been able to amplify in terms of saving lives-- by getting the price of drugs for HIV/AIDS down in sub-Saharan Africa. It's quite astonishing. And I would hate to lose that creativity, that imagination, that-- extraordinary flexibility. So, I think the answer is transparency. And there is no doubt that there will be-- complete transparency about-- donations. But when you have hundreds of thousands of people who are donating-- as they do-- I think that-- the best-- answer for that is what we have been doing for the last several years. And that is-- to be transparent about it. And let-- you know, let voters and others make their judgment." (MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," 3/30/16)

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In May, Bill Clinton Had To Deny That The Foundation Broke The Law When Asked By A Reporter At A Campaign Event. REPORTER: "Mr. President, regarding the Wall Street Journal report, did the CGI break the law? Regarding that report, do you have any response?" BILL CLINTON: "I-no, I haven't had a chance to read it carefully, but I think my Foundation whatever, is answering it." REPORTER: "So you deny that CGI broke the law in any way?" BILL CLINTON: "Oh God, yes." (MSNBC, 5/13/16)

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In June, Clinton Was Pressed On The Transparency Issues At The Clinton Foundation And Was Forced To Minimize The Disclosure Failures Of The Clinton Foundation. CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER: "Trump has said he is clearly going to focus on the Clinton Foundation. Last night said the Russians, Saudis, Chinese all gave money to the Foundation and got favorable treatment in return. The Foundation has raised huge sums of money for worthy causes, it's always not been transparent though. Tens of millions of dollars from come from a Canadian partnership so that the donors could remain secret, there was a large donation from Algeria not submitted to State Department for approval. If you are President, will your husband divest himself of any association with the Foundation?" CLINTON: "Well, Anderson, we will cross that bridge if and when we come to it, let me just try to set the record straight. We had absolutely overwhelming disclosure. Were there one or two instances that slipped through the cracks? Yes. But was the overwhelming amount of anything that anybody gave the Foundation disclosed, absolutely." (CNN, 6/8/16)

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JUST LAST WEEK, THE STRINGS CLINTON PULLED AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR FOUNDATION AND CAMPAIGN DONOR RAJIV FERNANDO WERE REVEALED

Newly Released Emails Reveal How Clinton's Staff Placed Fernando On A Sensitive Government Intelligence Advisory Board At The State Department Despite Fernando Not Having Any Experience In The Issue Area

Fernando Was Appointed To The State Department's International Security Advisory Board By Clinton's Chief Of Staff Cheryl Mills At Her "Insistence." "The newly released emails reveal that after ABC News started asking questions in August 2011, a State Department official who worked with the advisory board couldn't immediately come up with a justification for Fernando serving on the panel. His and other emails make repeated references to 'S'; ABC News has been told this is a common way to refer to the Secretary of State. 'The true answer is simply that S staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,' wrote Wade Boese, who was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in an email to Mannina, the press aide. 'Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.'" (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

The Decision To Add Fernando To The Board With "No Obvious Experience In The Field…Appeared To Baffle The Department's Professional Staff." "Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department's professional staff." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

  • "Fernando's Lack Of Any Known Background In Nuclear Security Caught The Attention Of Several Board Members" And "Emails Show That Confusion Ensued Among The Career Government Officials Who Work With The Advisory Panel." "Fernando's lack of any known background in nuclear security caught the attention of several board members, and when ABC News first contacted the State Department in August 2011 seeking a copy of his resume, the emails show that confusion ensued among the career government officials who work with the advisory panel." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)
  • This Board Is Meant To Advise The Secretary Of State On "The Use Of Tactical Nuclear Weapons And On Other Crucial Arms Control Issues." "A prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates and contributor to the Clinton Foundation, who later traveled with Bill Clinton on a trip to Africa, Rajiv K. Fernando's only known qualification for a seat on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) was his technological know-how. The Chicago securities trader, who specialized in electronic investing, sat alongside an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Hillary Clinton on the use of tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

Once Pressed On The Appointment Of Fernando By The Press, Mills Asked The State Department Press Office To "Stall," Two Days Later, Fernando Resigned From The Board. "The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to 'protect the name' of the Secretary, 'stall' the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

Fernando Has Contributed Between $1,000,000 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (The Clinton Foundation, Accessed 6/10/16)

But That Hasn't Stopped Fernando From Trying To Cash In As A Top Clinton Fundraiser In This Campaign

Fernando Is A 2016 Clinton Hillblazer, Meaning He Has Raised Over $100,000 For Clinton. ("Hillblazers," Hillary for America, Accessed 6/10/16)

  • Fernando Hosted A Fundraiser For Clinton At His Home In July 2015. "Hillary Clinton is coming to Chicago for a private fundraiser July 21 hosted at the home of Raj Fernando, CEO of Chopper Trading, a high-frequency trading firm that recently was purchased by Chicago-based DRW." (Shia Kapos, "Guess Who's Hosting The Next Chicago Fundraiser For Hillary Clinton," Crain's Chicago Business , 7/10/15)
  • Fernando Hosted A Fundraiser For Clinton In March 2016. "Among the hosts for the fundraiser at Riva's Restaurant on Navy Pier: Raj Fernando, David Rosen and Bill Singer. Among those in the crowd of 220: Illinois Senate nominee Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who, I am told, got a shoutout from Clinton." (Lynn Sweet, "Hillary Clinton In Chicago For Fundraiser Today," The Chicago Sun Times , 3/28/16)

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION IS POISED TO REMAIN ONE OF CLINTON'S BIGGEST WEAKNESSES IN 2016 DUE TO THE CLEAR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IT PRESENTS FOR ANY POSSIBLE PRESIDENT

The Clinton Foundation Has Raised At Least $2 Billion, Becoming "One Of The World's Fastest-Growing Charities." "The majority of the money - $2 billion - has gone to the Clinton Foundation, one of the world's fastest-growing charities, which supports health, education and economic development initiatives around the globe." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger, and Anu Narayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

The Money For The Foundation Has Come From "Corporate Titans, Foreign Governments, Political Donors And Other Wealthy Entities…" "Over the past 15 years, the Clinton Foundation has raised a staggering sum, close to $2 billion, from corporate titans, foreign governments, political donors and other wealthy entities, according to an investigation by the Washington Post." ("Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial," The Economist, 2/7/16)

The Clinton Foundation Is Giving Contributors, Including Foreign Governments And Interests An "Entrée, Outside The Traditional Political Arena To A Possible President," Raising Ethical Red Flags

"One Of The Reasons That The Clinton Foundation Has Become Such A Formidable Fund-Raising Machine Is That Donors Appear To Hope To Gain Access To The Corridors Of Political Power With Their Gifts." ("Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial," The Economist, 2/7/16)

The Foundation "Has Given Contributors Entree, Outside The Traditional Political Arena, To A Possible President." "The financial success of the foundation, which funds charitable work around the world, underscores the highly unusual nature of another Clinton candidacy. The organization has given contributors entree, outside the traditional political arena, to a possible president. Foreign donors and countries that are likely to have interests before a potential Clinton administration - and yet are ineligible to give to U.S. political campaigns - have affirmed their support for the family's work through the charitable giving." (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)

"Rarely, If Ever, Has A Potential Commander In Chief Been So Closely Associated With An Organization That Has Solicited Financial Support From Foreign Governments." "Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments. Clinton formally joined the foundation in 2013 after leaving the State Department, and the organization was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation." (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Foreign Governments Gave Millions To Foundation While Clinton Was At State Dept.," The Washington Post , 2/25/15)

  • The Wall Street Journal Headline: "Foreign Government Gifts To Clinton Foundation On The Rise: Donations Raise Ethical Questions As Hillary Clinton Ramps Up Expected 2016 Bid" (James Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Foreign Government Gifts To Clinton Foundation On The Rise: Donations Raise Ethical Questions As Hillary Clinton Ramps Up Expected 2016 Bid,"The Wall Street Journal , 2/17/15)

"More Than 40 Percent Of The Top Donors To The Clinton Foundation Are Based In Foreign Countries." "More than 40 percent of the top donors to the Clinton Foundation are based in foreign countries, according to an analysis by McClatchy." (Anita Kumar, "Clinton Foundation Limits Foreign Donations," McClatchy, 4/15/15)

  • The Donors Have Personal, Familial, And Business Ties To Foreign Governments. "Some donors have direct ties to foreign governments. One is a member of the Saudi royal family. Another is a Ukrainian oligarch and former parliamentarian. Others are individuals with close connections to foreign governments that stem from their business activities. Their professed policy interests range from human rights to U.S.-Cuba relations." (James Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends," The Wall Street Journal, 3/19/15)

The Clintons Foundation Ramped-Up Fundraising From Foreign Sources While Clinton Was Secretary Of State, Raising Eyebrows

Harper's Ken Silverstein: "It Is Beyond Dispute" That Clinton Foundation Donors Won The Focused Attention Of Secretary Clinton At The State Department. "It is beyond dispute that former President Clinton has been directly involved in helping foundation donors and his personal cronies get rich. Even worse, it is beyond dispute that these very same donors and the Clintons' political allies have won the focused attention of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when she served as Secretary of State." (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

Clinton Now "Finds Herself Under Attack For Her Family Foundation's Acceptance Of Millions Of Dollars In Donations From Middle Eastern Countries Known For Violence Against Women And For Denying Them Many Basic Freedoms." "It was supposed to be a carefully planned anniversary to mark one of the most important and widely praised moments in Hillary Rodham Clinton's political career - and to remind the country, ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, about her long record as a champion for the rights of women and girls. Instead, as Mrs. Clinton commemorates her 1995 women's rights speech in Beijing in back-to-back events in New York, she finds herself under attack for her family foundation's acceptance of millions of dollars in donations from Middle Eastern countries known for violence against women and for denying them many basic freedoms. This was not how she intended to reintroduce herself to American voters." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times, 3/8/15)

The State Department Has Highlighted Human Rights Abuses, Including Sex Discrimination, In Countries That Have Given The Foundation Tens Of Millions Of Dollars. "But the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Brunei - all of which the State Department has faulted over their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times, 3/8/15)

  • Saudi Arabia, "A Particularly Generous Benefactor To The Clinton Foundation," Was "Tersely Faulted" By Clinton's State Department For Gender Discrimination. "The department's 2011 human rights report on Saudi Arabia, the last such yearly review prepared during Mrs. Clinton's tenure, tersely faulted the kingdom for 'a lack of equal rights for women and children,' and said violence against women, human trafficking and gender discrimination, among other abuses, were all 'common' there. Saudi Arabia has been a particularly generous benefactor to the Clinton Foundation, giving at least $10 million since 2001, according to foundation disclosures. At least $1 million more was donated by Friends of Saudi Arabia, co-founded by a Saudi prince." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times, 3/8/15)

During Clinton's Tenure At The State Department, Foreign Donors And Their Organizations Accounted For Between $34 And $68 Million In Donations And $60 Million In Commitments To The Foundation. "All told, more than a dozen foreign individuals and their foundations and companies were large donors to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, collectively giving between $34 million and $68 million, foundation records show. Some donors also provided funding directly to charitable projects sponsored by the foundation, valued by the organization at $60 million." (James Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends," The Wall Street Journal, 3/19/15)

The Fact That Major Corporate Donors To The Foundation Were Simultaneously Lobbying Clinton's State Department Has Also Sounded Ethical Alarms And Put Her At Odds With The Democrat Base

"At Least 60 Companies That Lobbied The State Department During Her Tenure Donated A Total Of More Than $26 Million To The Clinton Foundation…" "At least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of public and foundation disclosures." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/15)

  • "At Least 44 Of Those 60 Companies Also Participated In Philanthropic Projects Valued At $3.2 Billion That Were Set Up Though A Wing Of The Foundation Called The Clinton Global Initiative…" "At least 44 of those 60 companies also participated in philanthropic projects valued at $3.2 billion that were set up though a wing of the foundation called the Clinton Global Initiative, which coordinates the projects but receives no cash for them." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/15)
  • "As Secretary Of State, She Created 15 Public-Private Partnerships Coordinated By The State Department, And At Least 25 Companies Contributed To Those Partnerships." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/15)

Clinton "Has A Web Of Connections To Big Corporations Unique In American Politics-Ties Forged Both As Secretary Of State And By Her Family's Charitable Interests." "As Mrs. Clinton prepares to embark on a race for the presidency, she has a web of connections to big corporations unique in American politics-ties forged both as secretary of state and by her family's charitable interests." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/15)

  • "Those Relationships Are Emerging As An Issue For Mrs. Clinton's Expected Presidential Campaign As Income Disparity And Other Populist Themes Gain Early Attention." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties,"The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/15)

Clinton's Connections To Financial Institutions Through The Foundation Are "Likely To Stir More Unease In The Democratic Party's Liberal Base…" "The prevalence of financial institutions, both foreign and domestic, as major donors is likely to stir more unease in the Democratic Party's liberal base, which is pushing Hillary Clinton to adopt a more populist and less Wall Street-focused economic agenda." (Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Steven Rich, "Clinton Foundation's Global Network Overlaps With Family's Political Base," The Washington Post , 2/19/15)

IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE FOUNDATION IS COMING UNDER INCREASED SCRUTINY, AS PAST SCANDLES HAVE ERODED ITS CREDIBILITY

During The 2008 Presidential Campaign, The Foundation Presented Issues During The Democrat Primary For Issues Regarding Donor Disclosure

In 2007, Bill Clinton Pledged "To Make Public Future Donors If Mrs. Clinton Was Elected President." "Mr. Clinton himself echoed those concerns this fall when he pledged to make public future donors if Mrs. Clinton was elected president." (Don Van Natta Jr., Jo Becker, And Mike McIntire, "In Charity And Politics, Clinton Donors Overlap," The New York Times, 12/20/07)

  • Bill Clinton Said Failure To Disclose Donors "Would Raise 'All These Questions About Whether People Would Try To Win Favor With [Hillary]…'" "While disclosure is not legally required, failure to do so, Mr. Clinton said, would raise 'all these questions about whether people would try to win favor with her by giving money to me.'" (Don Van Natta Jr., Jo Becker, And Mike McIntire, "In Charity And Politics, Clinton Donors Overlap," The New York Times, 12/20/07)

In A 2007 Democrat Debate Clinton Dodged On Whether She Would Voluntarily Release The Donors To The Clinton Foundation. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Until such legislation, would they voluntarily, the Clinton library and Clinton Foundation, make their donors public?" CLINTON: "Well, you'll have to ask them. RUSSERT: What's your recommendation?" CLINTON: "Well, I don't talk about my private conversations with my husband, but I'm sure he'd be happy to consider that." (Senator Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate At Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 9/26/07)

In Order For Clinton To Become Secretary Of State, Certain Disclosure And Vetting Rules Were Established In 2008 To Avoid Conflicts Of Interest

The Rules Required The Foundation To Release The Full Names Of All Donors And Notify State Department Ethics Officials Of Any New Or Increased Foreign Government Donations. "To eliminate any concerns, Mr. Clinton turned over to Mr. Obama's team the names of all 208,000 individuals and organizations that have given money since 1997. The agreement will ensure that the foundation releases the names to the public as well by the end of December. The names will be divided into categories giving the general level of contributions rather than the precise dollar amount. … Four other initiatives under the umbrella of the Clinton foundation -- focused on H.I.V./AIDS, climate change, development and sustainable growth -- will continue to do work under agreements with foreign governments that provide financing, including Britain, France, Norway and Sweden. But if any of those countries increases its commitment or a new country decides to contribute, the foundation will notify State Department ethics officials." (Peter Baker, "Clinton To Name Donors As Part Of Obama Deal," The New York Times, 11/30/08)

Despite The Ethics Agreement, The Clinton Foundation's Largest Arm Failed To Disclose Donors For 3 Consecutive Years During Her Tenure As Secretary

CNN Headline: "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes'" (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes,'" CNN, 4/27/15)

  • 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)

These Failures Make The Clinton Health Access Initiative (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." "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)

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)

Reuters Found That The Foundation's "Flagship Health Program" Stopped Making Annual Donor Disclosures In 2010. "But in a breach of the pledge, the charity's flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters , 3/19/15)

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)

CHAI Failed To Submit Any Foreign Government Donations For Ethics Vetting During Clinton's Tenure As Secretary

The Clinton Foundation Pledged To Allow The State Department To Review Any New Or Increased Donations From Foreign Governments. "The Reuters inquiries also raised questions about a second assurance Hillary Clinton made to the Obama administration: that the State Department would be able to review any new or increased contributions to CHAI by foreign governments while she served as the nation's top diplomat. The Clintons said the pledge was intended to defuse accusations that foreign governments might use such donations to earn favors." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters, 3/19/15)

But "The Clinton Health Access Initiative Never Submitted Information On Any Foreign Donations To State Department Lawyers For Review During Clinton's Tenure From 2009 To 2013…" "The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers for review during Clinton's tenure from 2009 to 2013, Maura Daley, the organization's spokeswoman, acknowledged to the Globe this week." (Annie Linskey, "Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data," The Boston Globe , 4/30/15)

Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Another Arm Of The Foundation, Failed To Disclose Over 1,000 Donors

The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) Was Established By Bill Clinton And Frank Guistra. "The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership was established by President Bill Clinton and Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra, combining the best of non-profit and for-profit approaches to create new enterprises that capitalize market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing existing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains." ("About Us," Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Accessed 2/11/16)

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, 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)

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)

  • Through The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Foreign Governments Can Launder Money Into The United States To Buy Political Protection. "'Equatorial Guinea doesn't give to the Clinton Foundation in New York because it's too embarrassing,' [a money-laundering expert and former intelligence officer] said. 'They give the money anonymously in Canada and that buys them political protection in the United States. The Clinton Foundation is a professionally structured money-laundering operation.'" (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

Politico Headline: "New Clinton Speech Disclosures Reveal Foundation's Take" (Josh Gerstein, "New Clinton Speech Disclosure Reveal Foundation's Take," Politico, 5/21/15)

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 Clinton Foundation Confirmed Thursday That It Received As Much As $26.4 Million In Previously Unreported Payments From Foreign Governments And Corporations For Speeches Given By The Clintons." (Alexandra Jaffe and Dan Merica, "Clinton Foundation Didn't Disclose As Much As $26M In Speaking Fees," CNN, 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)

  • The Disclosure Of Speaking Fees Was "The Latest In A String Of Admissions From The Foundation That It Didn't Always Abide By A 2008 Ethics Agreement To Disclose Its Funding Sources Publicly." "It's the latest in a string of admissions from the foundation that it didn't always abide by a 2008 ethics agreement to disclose its funding sources publicly. That agreement, penned as Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, is certain to continue the headache that the foundation's work and donors have become for Clinton as she makes another run at the White House." (Alexandra Jaffe and Dan Merica, "Clinton Foundation Didn't Disclose As Much As $26M In Speaking Fees," CNN, 5/21/15)

The Filings Also Revealed That The Clinton's Failed To Disclose Honorariums Directly From Foreign Governments Entities And Other Foreign Sources

Bill Clinton Was Paid Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech By The Energy Ministry In Thailand. "There was one entity clearly associated with a foreign government that provided speaking fees, of $250,000 to $500,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton: The energy ministry in Thailand." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

According To The Disclosure, Bill Clinton Was Also Paid Up Between $250,000 And $500,000 To Speak At An Event Organized With Support Of The Government Of Qatar. "The U.S. Islamic World Forum also provided $250,000 to $500,000 to the foundation for a speech by Bill Clinton, according to the new disclosure. The event was organized in part by the Brookings Institution with support from the government of Qatar." (Rosalind Helderman And Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

Hillary Clinton Was Paid Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech By The Telmex Foundation, Which Was Founded By Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim. "The Telmex Foundation, founded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, provided between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by Hillary Clinton." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

A South Korean Energy And Chemicals Conglomerate Paid Bill Clinton Between $500,000 And $1,000,000 For A Speech. "They included the South Korean energy and chemicals conglomerate Hanwha, which paid $500,000 to $1,000,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

China Real Estate Development Corp. Paid Bill Clinton Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech. "China Real Estate Development Corp. paid the foundation between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by the former president." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

Qatar First Bank Paid Bill Clinton Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech. "The Qatar First Investment Bank, now known as the Qatar First Bank, paid fees in a similar range. The bank is described by Persian Gulf financial press as specializing in high-net-worth clients." (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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