John McCain Linked Nonprofit Received Million Dollar Donation From Saudi Arabia

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

 

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, who in 2002 chaired the congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, maintains the FBI is covering up a Saudi support cell in Sarasota for the hijackers. He says the al-Hijjis’ “urgent” pre-9/11 exit suggests “someone may have tipped them off” about the coming attacks.

 

Graham has been working with a 14-member group in Congress to urge President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the final report of his inquiry which were originally redacted, wholesale, by President George W. Bush.

 

“The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier,” he said, adding, “I am speaking of the kingdom,” or government, of Saudi Arabia, not just wealthy individual Saudi donors.

 

Sources who have read the censored Saudi section say it cites CIA and FBI case files that directly implicate officials of the Saudi Embassy in Washington and its consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks — which, if true, would make 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war by a foreign government.

 

– From the post: The New York Post Reports – FBI is Covering Up Saudi Links to 9/11 Attack

For just and obvious reasons, it’s illegal under U.S. law for foreign governments to finance individual candidates or political parties. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop them from bribing politicians and bureaucrats using other opaque channels.

A perfect example is the shady, influence peddling slush fund known as The Clinton Foundation, which entered the public consciousness last year and was the central topic of multiple posts here at Liberty Blitzkrieg. Although they remain the reining champions of cronyism, being a shameless, corrupt fraud isn’t limited to the Clintons. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a John McCain linked nonprofit has been found accepting million dollar contributions from the most barbaric, backwards nation on planet earth: Saudi Arabia. Naturally, the absolute monarchy remains a very close ally of the U.S. government.

Bloomberg reports:

 

A nonprofit with ties to Senator John McCain received a $1 million donation from the government of Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to documents filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

 

The Arizona Republican has strictly honorary roles with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a program at Arizona State University, and its fundraising arm, the McCain Institute Foundation, according to his office. But McCain has appeared at fundraising events for the institute and his Senate campaign’s fundraiser is listed in its tax returns as the contact person for the foundation.

Forget John McCain for a moment. How appropriate is it for so-called “institutions of higher learning” to be accepting million dollars contributions from an absolute monarchy where women can’t drive and with obvious ties to 9/11?

Though federal law strictly bans foreign contributions to electoral campaigns, the restriction doesn’t apply to nonprofits engaged in policy, even those connected to a sitting lawmaker.

This law/loophole obviously needs to be changed.

Groups critical of the current ethics laws say that McCain’s nonprofit effectively gives Saudi Arabia — or any other well-heeled interests — a means of making large donations to politicians it hopes to influence.

 

“Foreign governments are prohibited from financing candidate campaigns and political parties,” Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for ethics watchdog Public Citizen, said. “Funding the lawmakers’ nonprofit organizations is the next best thing.”

 

The Saudi donation to the McCain Institute Foundation may be the first congressional instance of that trend coming to light.

 

“The extent of this practice is difficult to gauge, of course,” Holman said, “because we only know about it when a nonprofit or foreign government voluntarily reveals that information.”

While it’s commendable that the McCain Institute Foundation came clean in this instance, the law should definitely be changed to make disclosure a requirement. The last thing this country needs are additional channels for special interests to bribe politicians.

The institute didn’t originally disclose the 2014 donation from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. After an inquiry from Bloomberg News, the website was updated to note that the institute received more than $100,000 from the Saudi embassy. Documents filed with the IRS state that the donation totaled $1 million.

 

Since its launch in 2012, the institute has been “guided by the values that have animated the career” of McCain and his family, its mission statement says. It focuses on advancing “character-driven global leadership,” and runs an internship program, a debate series and hosts events on national security, human trafficking and other issues.

“Guided by the values that have animated the career of McCain and his family?” Let’s take a look at a few of these “values.”

Video of the Day – John McCain Threatens Protesters with Arrest, Calls them “Low-Life Scum”

Incredible Tweets from John McCain on Libya and Syria from 2009 and 2011

Saudi Arabia Sentences Journalist to Five Years in Prison for Insulting the Kingdom’s Rulers

The New York Post Reports – FBI is Covering Up Saudi Links to 9/11 Attack

Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death for “Renouncing Islam”

Saudi Arabia Prepares to Execute Teenager via “Crucifixion” for Political Dissent

The institute’s executive director is Kurt Volker, a former ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization who also serves as a senior international adviser to lobbying firm BGR Group. BGR Group’s clients include Chevron, Raytheon Co. and the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court. Its nonprofit arm, the BGR Foundation, also donated at least $100,000 to the institute, according to its website.

It’s starting to make sense now isn’t it.

“It’s only natural that a longtime and vocal supporter of the Saudi-U.S. alliance might be embraced by them this way,” said David Andrew Weinberg, a senior fellow with the conservative think tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Weinberg estimates that Persian Gulf countries alone have contributed more than $100 million to presidential libraries and charities promoted by former presidents.

Nothing to see here. Move along peasants.

But such contributions usually don’t have to be disclosed, so it’s unclear how much money from the Saudi embassy or other foreign sources has gone to groups with ties to current and former U.S. officials or lawmakers.

 

But the foundation did receive its initial funding — about $8.6 million — from money left over from McCain’s 2008 presidential run, in a transaction permitted under campaign finance laws.

 

McCain has appeared at events for the institute, including its fundraising efforts and its annual, invitation-only conference held in Sedona, Arizona. The annual conference has also featured Vice President Joe Biden and a 2014 appearance by Clinton before she was officially a presidential candidate. CEOs from GE, Chevron, Wal-Mart, Freeport and FedEx — all of whose companies or charitable arms have contributed more than $100,000 to support the institute — have also spoken.

 

Some of the institute’s larger donors, including hedge fund manager Paul Singer and investor Ron Perelman, also contributed $100,000 to Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, a super-PAC that’s supporting McCain as he seeks his sixth term in the Senate.

Paul Singer, John McCain and the Saudis. Sure makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Blatant corruption of out Gov officials by Foreign Powers and Oligarchs.

Only Trump ot Sanders would remedy that.

AlaricBalth's picture

McCain is a piker. The Clinton Foundation has received millions of dollars from corrupt governments and questionable entities.

Stackers's picture

The Carter Center donor list reads like a who's who list of mid-east despots as well

remain calm's picture

Trump was right, he is a loser. He used the fact that he was a war hero to enrich himself, take back his fucking metals, he is a disgrace to this country. As Trump would say at his rally, " get him out of here"

Heavy's picture

It's amazing how unethical/criminal the government is becoming...

Casanova's picture

What about these donations NO ONE TALKS ABOUT => http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-7x

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

McStain is a traitor to the nation.  He WILL be gettin drilled by Satan's stiff, splintery cock for all eternity.

Citxmech's picture

I am shocked to find corruption going on here!

Chuck Walla's picture

McCain, the GOP's Clinton.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Bingo Hammer's picture

"...is becoming"???

Welcome to your belated awakening; its only been this way for the past 50-100yrs

cheech_wizard's picture

Rabid dogs need to be put down... (and yes, McStain is infected)

Rakshas's picture

.......July 29, 1967 - just another in a long line of fuck ups by a primo fuck up; ask him about his voting record on Vietnam POW's/ MIA's and watch his head explode, calling this fucker a hero even in jest deserves a can of whoop ass 

BarkingCat's picture

McCain is not a war here. 

To be a hero, one has to do something heroic. 

Getting shot down and being a prisoner of war does not count.

HectorCamachoTrump's picture

McInsane got selfies with some isis characters.

Top that, clit-on!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

It's anagram "War Hore" is more honest.

johngaltfla's picture

Color me shocked.

Er, no.

Color me alarmed.

Er, no.

Color me brown.

Er, no.

Color me the Manchurian Candiate!

BINGO!!!!

indygo55's picture

"investor Ron Perelman???"

 

It's amazing they even got the incredible HULK to donate!!

4freedom78's picture

He just try to "follow the trend". John Brennan CIA director is a Muslim, and a lot of other government staff appointed by Obola. this also explain a lot of shit going on.

earleflorida's picture

"Hughes and Loral: Too Eager to Help China?"  9/13/99 *(note: King George I had the deals already cemented but lost on a stupid economy)           http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/1999-09-12/hughes-and-loral-too-eager-to-help-china

"China's Entry Into the WTO '10' Years Later is not What President Clinton Promised"    6/15/2010 ** ( Note2:  Clinton also gave us Nafta which King George I was also going to capitalize on-- but a funny looking dwarf named 'Perot' played the spoiler,... or was it all a ruse?)

http://www.manufacturingnews.com/news/10/0615/WTO.html

"Bush Grants China Normal Trade Status"    12/28/01 ***(Note3:  King George II  throws ROC [Taiwan] under the ?bus?', forcefully making them relinquish their seat on the Nat'l Security Council held since inception?!?) and hands the WTO to China! And, ~ three-months later when baby-bush finally decided to go after OBL,... whom btw had plenty of tyme to flee dodge while the USSA dither'd packed his bags for Pakistan in which daddy gratuitouly gave A. Q Khan the A-Bomb for looking the other way! )  WOW!!!

http://articles.latimes.com/2001/dec/28/business/fi-china28

earleflorida's picture

why did i mention the above?

china has been dealing with saudi arabia for years and has no beef with their internal ideology other than the saudi's keeping a tight leash on the muslim/ buddist communities in Xinjiang province (think pakistan and the afghan`taliban) being fanatical Buddhist and Uyghur

it's all about controlling the power. and controlling black gold (& blue gold) is all the power one needs! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang

"US Grants Permanent Normal Trade Status to (Saudi Arabia gets out of terrorist jail, with a... 'free monopoly pass' by keeping USSA hegemony? on Boardwalk and Park Ave?) China?"     http://en.people.cn/200112/28/eng20011228_87634.shtml 

SpasticGramps's picture

He needs both his arms broken again. Or maybe both his legs. Or maybe all four.

Wouldn't it be funny if his legs operated like his arms?

Fuck that POS.

DontGive's picture

McCumstain.

Wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire.

snr-moment's picture

you mean trump with the golf course resort in Qatar?

HectorCamachoTrump's picture

Bernie "never seen a pro israel bill I won't sign" Sanders?

Demdere's picture

No, there are other ways.

https://thinkpatriot.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/musings-on-5th-generation-...

Neither of those gentlemen are the root-and-branch reformers needed.

theallseeinggod's picture

This guy is diseased

i_call_you_my_base's picture

The John McCain Institute for Leaders who don't War Good.

Normalcy Bias's picture

...complete with the 'Wet Start Lounge,' 'Lindsey Graham Salon,' and 'Songbird Listening Center.'

snr-moment's picture

look hard enough, it will be ALL of them.

gmak's picture

I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

Normalcy Bias's picture

We have the best Government that money can buy!   U  S  A  !  !    U  S  A  !  ! 

skinwalker's picture

The fact McCain is alive and free of anal cancer proves karma doesn't exist. 

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Satan wants that ass virgin-pure for its arrival in Hell.

willwork4food's picture

Karma works in strange ways. You don't know what McCain goes through each day. But deals with Satan tend to help delay things until they don't.

RedDwarf's picture

No, it means the system is corrupt and collapsing.  Eventually there will be big changes.

Now, getting pendantic, karma does not work that way.  Certain actions and thoughts incur a debt so to speak, but rarely is that debt due in the current life.

dumb_funded's picture

Here we go with the saudi patsies. Dick's loving it!!

Just asking, anyone ever considered this site "intelligence?" 

AND, if you hate wall street, london, central bank corruption then stop participating in the corrupt, pasasitic stock market.  It doesn't make sense to support that which you detest

Winston Churchill's picture

This is spook central station..

The good news is you get to talk to all sorts of people by posting here.

I'm pretty sure Vodkavov is Putin, and Eirik is really Fidel Castro.

XRAYD's picture

And the Malasian dude got a BILLION?

turnoffthewater's picture

Eh, What's a million between friends, right?

new game's picture

how many of these fuckers are NOT corrupt?

one, maybe two. and liars, cheats, two timers, pathic, dickwads, ass wipes, fuckheads,

deceptive psycopathic/sociopathic demented high society, better than you or i douchebags...

HappyCowboy's picture

How many?

Paul, his son and Trump.

That's it.

HowdyDoody's picture

Paul's son suck up to Zion.

HappyCowboy's picture

What's a million between assholes?

The war monger McCain and the camel fucking Saudis.

Perfect fit.