26 July 2016

Crowd Funding the Clintons

Meanwhile, a Clinton long running Clinton controversy raises some key questions that never seem to get answered.

The Clinton Foundation mission statement claims to "convene businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women,  reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change."

And no doubt the Foundation makes good on some of these claims. And it asserts that nearly 88% of its revenue goes to charitable programs.

It also provides employment for Clinton family political allies. Unlike other charities, the Clinton Foundation does not appear to employ many people with experience at operating charitable foundations. The President of the Clinton Foundation is Donna Shalala, who served as Secretary of HHS under President Bill Clinton. The Foundation paid her $869,520 in 2012. The Foundation CEO is Bruce Lindsey, He served as Deputy White House Counsel. The Foundation paid him $385,046 that same year.

This might be one reason that Charity Navigator declines to rate the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation has, what it calls, an "atypical business model." Imagine that.

More importantly, the Foundation acts as an intermediary between donors seeking favors and the one who can grant them: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Foundation received millions in donations from foreigners while Clinton led the State Department. And although federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to American political campaigns such as Hillary Clinton's quest for the presidency, they can donate to the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton Crowdfunders are an exclusive and somewhat unsavory bunch. It is difficult to imagine that such egregious violators of humans rights such as Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern states donate to the Clinton Foundation out an altruistic compassion for human beings.

The stench is so foul that even CNN,  which usually suffers from anosmia when it comes to Democratic Party corruption, actually picked up the malodorous scent and reported on it.

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