Bill Clinton Made $8 Million From Speeches To Companies With Matters Pending Before Hillary's State Dept

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One of the ways Donald Trump has been able to curry favor among an electorate that's increasingly fed up with business as usual inside the Beltway, is to appeal to voters’ ingrained belief that everyone in Washington is effectively beholden to outside interests and campaign donors. 

By virtue of his self-funded campaign, Trump isn’t beholden to anyone - or at least that’s what he’ll tell you. 

Perhaps more than any other candidate, Hillary Clinton raises eyebrows when it comes to conflicts of interest. As we documented extensively earlier this year, contributions to the Clinton Foundation have come under scrutiny, especially after the charity said it would refile five years of tax returns after failing to properly account for donations from foreign governments.

As IB Times reported back in May, Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved $165 billion in arms deals to nations who had previously given money to the Clinton Foundation. The charity also received some $7 million in donations from the MIC which benefited directly from State Department arms export approvals:

But it wasn’t just charity donations that drew public scrutiny.There was also the issue of Bill and Hillary’s lucrative speaking engagements which pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars a pop. Here is the complete breakdown for the couple: 

Obviously, the potential exists for those paying for the speeches to use the lucrative events as a way to gain undue influence over what goes on in Washington. For instance, some suggest there may be a connection between a $200,000 payment made to Bill Clinton by Goldman Sachs in 2011 and the bank’s efforts to lobby the State Department ahead of legislation involving the Export-Import Bank which was set to provide a loan that would end up financing the purchase of millions of dollars in aircraft from a company partially owned by Goldman.

On Thursday, WSJ is out with a fresh look at the connection between Clinton's State Department and her husband's speaking tour. 

"More than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had matters before Mrs. Clinton’s State Department," The Journal says, adding that "fifteen of them also donated a total of between $5 million and $15 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the family’s charity." Here's more: 

In several instances, State Department actions benefited those that paid Mr. Clinton.

 

Mr. Clinton, for example, collected $1 million for two appearances sponsored by the Abu Dhabi government that were arranged while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. His speeches there came during and after the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security were involved in discussions about a plan to open a U.S. facility in the Abu Dhabi airport to ease visa processing for travel to the U.S. The State Department supported the facility in the face of substantial opposition from unions, members of Congress and others.

 

Mr. Clinton was paid for more than 200 speeches while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, according to his wife’s disclosure forms. Documents released thus far by the State Department show the ethics office turned down five of his speech requests, including proposed talks sponsored by North Korea, China and the Republic of Congo.

 

The State Department got involved in the Abu Dhabi matter after the capital of the United Arab Emirates asked for a facility to clear travelers for U.S. entry before they boarded planes so they could avoid delays when arriving in the U.S. 

 

According to two former State Department officials who worked on the matter, the U.S. wanted to help an important ally. 

 

U.S.-based airlines, which have no direct flights between Abu Dhabi and the U.S., opposed the idea as a giveaway to the government-owned airline, Etihad Airways.

 

While Mrs. Clinton’s State Department and the Department of Homeland Security were working out a “letter of intent” with Abu Dhabi for the facility, Mr. Clinton sought permission to give a paid speech in Abu Dhabi. 

 

On Dec. 6, 2011, U.S. officials signed the letter of intent. One week later, Mr. Clinton gave a 20-minute talk on climate change to the Abu Dhabi government environmental gathering. He collected $500,000, his wife’s disclosure report shows.

 


 

Mr. Clinton also had a large payday from Oracle Corp.: a total of $500,000 for two talks given or approved while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. He gave one in October 2012 as the company was urging the State Department to increase the number of skilled-worker visas being issued, lobbying reports show.

And on, and on. 

Of course the Clinton's deny there's any connection despite the rather obvious parallels and convenient timing. "No evidence exists" to link any actions taken by Mrs. Clinton’s State Department to organizations hosting Mr. Clinton’s speeches, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told The Journal.

Yes, "no evidence exists," other than the $8 million Bill made from speeches made to companies who had "matters pending" with Hillary's State Department. That's just a coincidence. 

Don't worry though - none of this will happen if Hillary wins the White House. Bill says that although he'll still give speeches "on subjects [he's] interested in," he "doesn't think" he'll accept any payment.

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remain calm's picture

What difference does it matter!

McMolotov's picture

Cut 'em some slack, the poor dears were broke when they left the White House.

remain calm's picture

How hard is it who ever runs against the Clintons to show they are corrupt they are? If Americans are informed how fucking stupid can they really be? Ok, now i am worried

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) remain calm Dec 31, 2015 3:29 PM

 "I did not have sexual relations with that woman!"... (SMART), Gonna have to reconsider this!

wee-weed up's picture

Yep, ol' Slick and his wife are blatant speech-whores for their illegal Clinton Crime Family Foundation. Too bad Obozo has already told his IRS not to investigate.

macholatte's picture

Where is Bonzai?

We need a new Hitlery Logo that shows her with “For Sale” on her forehead and Bill sitting behind a cash register wearing a green eye shade.

nmewn's picture

"Drag Dollar Bill through a trailer pawk and ya navah know what you'll get!"

#WarOnWomen ;-)

Lumberjack's picture

Why did Bill cross the road?

Because he was still stuck to the chicken...

Clint Liquor's picture

Someone needs to ask Hillary: Knowing your husbands fetishes, do you enjoy a good cigar every now and then?

Chupacabra-322's picture

How These Criminal Psychopath Scum Fucks aren't in Prison awaiting Execution is mind boggling.

VegasBob's picture

Hitlery Clinton is a tired old bull dyke. But she still wears the strap-on in the family.

Normalcy Bias's picture

They've done very well for Arkansas white trash - you've gotta give them that.

Never One Roach's picture

Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton?

 

That fellow? Too bad for Bill that Monica held on to that cum-stained dress. She can probably sell it on FleaBay for a few hundred thousand [since Bill will be the highest bidder].

StychoKiller's picture

It's blindingly obvious that this article was written by a jealous Republicon!

BarkingCat's picture

What is entirely obvious is that you are a complete fucking moron.

We know that all politicians are liars and work the system.

The difference is that the other at least try to keep a facade of legitimacy.

The Clintons are blatant and do not care because there are enough morons like you to give them cover.

 

corporatewhore's picture

never ask a question for which you don't know the answer

DaveyJones's picture

you know I feel the same way about our criminally corrupt wars, our criminal debt, our criminal banks, our criminal healthcare....

I'm sure the New Year will be Happy

or fuck it, let's drink anyways

turnoffthewater's picture

remain calm

"If Americans are informed how fucking stupid can they really be?"

Pretty scary, huh?

What possibly could these two people say that has ANY value?

And they call me a useless eater. LOL

bamawatson's picture

this is how they left the white house http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/12/31/many-2016-voters-dont-kno...

low rent white trash. just like his road whore mama. b hussein homobama's mama was a skank road whore also. 

OrangeJews's picture
OrangeJews (not verified) McMolotov Dec 31, 2015 3:25 PM

I want to see the day that "Terrorists" start taking out people like the Clintons.  I'm pretty sure they would be viewed as actual Liberators.

Pig Circus's picture

Cut 'em some slack, the poor dears were broke when they left the White House

That's why the stole $200,000.00 worth of Silverware, Furniture and Artwork when the left the White House in 2001:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121856

dogbert8's picture

It doesn't matter much at all, and it never will.  If you think this is bad, wait until she starts selling Presidential influence . . . they will reap billions for that.

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

remain calm: What difference does it matter!

Semantics.

Bill might have an issue with the word Is—but not with the word Money.

 

yrad's picture

Hmmm, the only question is... Was this a Cloward or Piven strategy?

Wulfkind's picture

Good news is.....at least during the time he's giving the speech he's not raping another woman.

OregonGrown's picture

Business as usual..... 

 

Nothing to see here, move along!

Winston Churchill's picture

Bunga Bunga Bill.

How many free cigars(nudge nudge) did he get ?

Bay of Pigs's picture

We bribed some folks...

Xibalba's picture

chump. change.   $$ for chumps

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Dec 31, 2015 3:15 PM

The Clintons are just F**kin self interest thiefs and liars.

Laughinggrizzley's picture

As he bites that lower lip, pressing his thumb on his forefinger "Yuk, Yuk. You know we have to pay the bills!"

boattrash's picture

Alex, you beat me to it.

I can't think of another couple, that I'd rather see the news headline of their fatal plane crash.

Even if it crashed on top of my own fucking house.

DaveyJones's picture

be careful, they might use that post to kill you

boattrash's picture

Yeah, as an Arkansas resident during their reign here, I followed their Body Count in real time (way before it was cool).

I also left town whenever they came here. For that, I sincerely apologize. I should've stayed, and done my civic duty...

Colonel's picture

It doesn't matter how corrupt demoncrats are shown to be leftard minions will keep worshipping them.

Blankenstein's picture

We've become a nation of morons....

 

 

Clinton Most Admired Woman for Record 20th Time

"Americans again name Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama the woman and man living anywhere in the world they admire most. Both win by wide margins over the next-closest finishers, "

 

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/187922/clinton-admired-woman-record-20th-time...

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

The sheerest of coincidence since we know the Clintons are poor as church mice and incorruptible. Now excuse me while I get the rotgut out and kill the brain cells that thought that sentence up......

stant's picture

He needs to change his name back to Blythe . Hillarys giving him a bad name

surf0766's picture

And Bubba Trump called him a Great President

alexcojones's picture

Hillary held up ASU for 600K. Don't see that figure here.

Oh Wait - My mistake, ONLY $500K.

ASU forking over $500,000 to the Clintons was foolish

 

atthelake's picture

What would the criminal charge be? 

Vendetta's picture

the initial charges would be RICO and influence peddling and then gets worse from there.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Treason (Bengazi), War Crimes (Lybia, Syria, Ukraine, Bosnia-for Bill. Murder (See Clinton Murder list)

That's for starters.