If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president, will she and Bill walk a tightrope like they have in the past when it comes to "shady" deals? A few media outlets are beginning to look into the fundraising efforts of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. This charitable foundation has been successful in raising upwards of $2 billion dollars since its inception in 2001.
The foundation is involved in a number of causes; from battling HIV/AIDS in Africa, to educating millions of children and feeding the poor and hungry around the world. All of this is well and good, but now it has come to light that over the past two years, since Hillary has left her secretary of state position, the foundation has received large donations from foreign governments with possibly $200 million-plus coming in before her anticipated run for president. It has also been reported that only about 10 percent of the money raised is actually used for charitable purposes. If that is the case, where is the money going?
No matter how you slice it, this is a definite conflict of interest, and it doesn't surprise me that the Clintons are involved with something like this. We all know that Bill and Hill mix politics and business, and they walk a fine line as to whether or not what they do is legal. This pattern goes way back to Arkansas and dredges up memories of the numerous scandals that plagued them throughout their White House years. We all remember Whitewater and the Rose Law Firm missing records.
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When Hillary became secretary of state the foundation stopped taking money from foreign governments, but as soon as she left that position, the word was out and the money started pouring in once again. With talk of her possibly running for president in 2016, donors were looking for ways to legally support her and found a way by giving to the foundation.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2014, the foundation received money from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia and others. Since 2001, at least one-third of donors contributing $1 million dollars or more have been foreign governments or non-U.S. entities. This is a roundabout way to buy political influence, if you ask me. I'm sure the government of Qatar sent over all of that money to make sure that they got enough mosquito nets to fight malaria. Right.
Above and beyond the foreign governments and their contributions, the foundation has strong ties with corporations like HBSC Bank USA, Deutsche Bank as well as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, among others. Goldman Sachs has also worked with the Clinton Foundation in various capacities. High-dollar donors who have supported both of the Clintons' political campaigns have also funneled money to the foundation. For example, Dennis Cheng, a former Hillary campaign fundraiser and chief development officer of the foundation, is now touted to be a top fundraiser for her coming campaign!
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Foreign donors, countries and special interests who aren't allowed to give to U.S. political campaigns are going around to the back door to show their support for someone who might very well be the next leader of the free world. If governments in Argentina, Saudi Arabia or other places around the world have pumped millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and she becomes president, how independent do you think she will be? What decisions would she make when dealing with people who now pull her strings and virtually "own" her?
The Clintons are playing with fire if they continue down this path. Just consider this: If the White House phone rings at 3 a.m., would Hillary find herself able to make decisions that were in the best interests of our country, or one of her foreign donors?
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