Over Half Of Hillary's Private Meetings As Secretary Were With Donors Who Paid $156 Million

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In the latest confirmation that Hillary's receipt of donations while Secretary of State was a conflict of interest at best and criminal cronyism and "favor peddling" at worst (it would be ideal if the DOJ could chime in here, however the just as conflicted Department of Justice, which is headed by a 1999 Bill Clinton appointee, has decided to avoid the topic of the Clinton Foundation for obvious reasons), AP reports that more than half, or at least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or spoke to Clinton while she led the State Department, donated to her family charity or pledged commitments.

Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

The 154 number did not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives: separately, Hillary met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity, but they were not included in AP's calculations because such meetings would presumably have been part of her diplomatic duties, but most likely resulted in such "quid pro quo" as the fast-tracking of weapons deliveries to countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Getting the information was, understandably, not easy. Despite the data being technically public, Hillary did not want the world to know just how many wealthy "donors" she is beholden to. As a result, the AP first sought Clinton's calendar and schedules three years ago, but delays led the AP to sue the State Department last year in federal court for those materials and other records. The AP's findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.

Hillary's calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.

"There's a lot of potential conflicts and a lot of potential problems," said Douglas White, an expert on nonprofits who previously directed Columbia University's graduate fundraising management program. "The point is, she can't just walk away from these 6,000 donors."

That is indeed the point, and while she was Secretary of State, not only did she not walk away from donors, but she greeted them with open arms. As to what favors were exchanged for the cash, we may never know.

Among the generous donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.

For those still unclear how one buys not only America's top diplomat, but the entire Department of State, here are some details. Incidentally, for best results, donate to both the foundation and directly:

Some of Clinton's most influential visitors donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and to her and her husband's political coffers. They are among scores of Clinton visitors and phone contacts in her official calendar turned over by the State Department to AP last year and in more-detailed planning schedules that so far have covered about half her four-year tenure.

 

S. Daniel Abraham, whose name also was included in emails released by the State Department as part of another lawsuit, is a Clinton fundraising bundler who was listed in Clinton's planners for eight meetings with her at various times. A billionaire behind the Slim-Fast diet and founder of the Center for Middle East Peace, Abraham told the AP last year his talks with Clinton concerned Mideast issues.

Others opted to give just to the Foundation. Big Clinton Foundation donors with no history of political giving to the Clintons also met or talked by phone with Hillary Clinton and top aides, AP's review showed. What is more interesting is the clear case of give and take as shown in the following anecdote involving one Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi businessman whom Clinton repeatedly assisted even though in the end his bank was confsicated.

Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering low-interest "microcredit" for poor business owners, met with Clinton three times and talked with her by phone during a period when Bangladeshi government authorities investigated his oversight of a nonprofit bank and ultimately pressured him to resign from the bank's board. Throughout the process, he pleaded for help in messages routed to Clinton, and she ordered aides to find ways to assist him.

 

American affiliates of his nonprofit Grameen Bank had been working with the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative programs as early as 2005, pledging millions of dollars in microloans for the poor. Grameen America, the bank's nonprofit U.S. flagship, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation — a figure that bank spokeswoman Becky Asch said reflects the institution's annual fees to attend CGI meetings. Another Grameen arm chaired by Yunus, Grameen Research, has donated between $25,000 and $50,000.

As it turns out, Yunus may have had quite a few shady dealings behind his back, so many in fact that Bangladesh ultiamtely seized control of his bank, even as the State Department did everything in its power to help him out.

As a U.S. senator from New York, Clinton, as well as then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and two other senators in 2007 sponsored a bill to award a congressional gold medal to Yunus. He got one but not until 2010, a year after Obama awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Yunus first met with Clinton in Washington in April 2009. That was followed six months later by an announcement by USAID, the State Department's foreign aid arm, that it was partnering with the Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit charity run by Yunus, in a $162 million commitment to extend its microfinance concept abroad. USAID also began providing loans and grants to the Grameen Foundation, totaling $2.2 million over Clinton's tenure.

 

By September 2009, Yunus began complaining to Clinton's top aides about what he perceived as poor treatment by Bangladesh's government. His bank was accused of financial mismanagement of Norwegian government aid money — a charge that Norway later dismissed as baseless. But Yunus told Melanne Verveer, a long-time Clinton aide who was an ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, that Bangladesh officials refused to meet with him and asked the State Department for help in pressing his case. "Please see if the issues of Grameen Bank can be raised in a friendly way," he asked Verveer. Yunus sent "regards to H" and cited an upcoming Clinton Global Initiative event he planned to attend. Clinton ordered an aide: "Give to EAP rep," referring the problem to the agency's top east Asia expert.

 

Yunus continued writing to Verveer as pressure mounted on his bank. In December 2010, responding to a news report that Bangladesh's prime minister was urging an investigation of Grameen Bank, Clinton told Verveer that she wanted to discuss the matter with her East Asia expert "ASAP."

 

Clinton called Yunus in March 2011 after the Bangladesh government opened an inquiry into his oversight of Grameen Bank. Yunus had told Verveer by email that "the situation does not allow me to leave the country." By mid-May, the Bangladesh government had forced Yunus to step down from the bank's board. Yunus sent Clinton a copy of his resignation letter. In a separate note to Verveer, Clinton wrote: "Sad indeed."

 

Clinton met with Yunus a second time in Washington in August 2011 and again in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka in May 2012. Clinton's arrival in Bangladesh came after Bangladesh authorities moved to seize control of Grameen Bank's effort to find new leaders. Speaking to a town hall audience, Clinton warned the Bangladesh government that "we do not want to see any action taken that would in any way undermine or interfere in the operations of the Grameen Bank."

At that point we assume Yunus' political (and financial) goodwill with Clinton courtesy of his prior donations, had ran out.

Then there was Blackstone:

In another case, Clinton was host at a September 2009 breakfast meeting at the New York Stock Exchange that listed Blackstone Group chairman Stephen Schwarzman as one of the attendees. Schwarzman's firm is a major Clinton Foundation donor, but he personally donates heavily to GOP candidates and causes. One day after the breakfast, according to Clinton emails, the State Department was working on a visa issue at Schwarzman's request. In December that same year, Schwarzman's wife, Christine, sat at Clinton's table during the Kennedy Center Honors. Clinton also introduced Schwarzman, then chairman of the Kennedy Center, before he spoke.

 

Blackstone donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Eight Blackstone executives also gave between $375,000 and $800,000 to the foundation. And Blackstone's charitable arm has pledged millions of dollars in commitments to three Clinton Global aid projects ranging from the U.S. to the Mideast. Blackstone officials did not make Schwarzman available for comment.

There are various other examples of outside donors purchasing benefits from Hillary, although for the full picture to emerge, they would all have to be revealed to connect all the dots, and that will likely never happen.

The good news for Hillary - if bad for Donald Trump - is that the meetings between Hillary and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. However, as AP puts, it, "the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton."

As Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who had previously grilled Hillary on her Foundation ties, said he hoped that the Clintons would make a "clean break from the foundation"

"The Clintons, as they approach the presidency, if they are successful, will have to work with their attorneys to make certain that rules of the road are drawn up to give confidence to them and the American public that there will not be favoritism," Lugar said.

Alas, it is far too late for that, because if the above confirms anything, it is that Hillary was the undipusted master of merging the US State Department - an organization tasked with helping all the people, not just those who donated to her personal charity - with the Hillary Foundation, and thus, with the "charitable organizations" ultra wealthy sponors. For her next act, she will repeat the same merger, only this time it will involve the US presidency.

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Budnacho's picture

Nice work if you can get it....

balz's picture

8 signs you have a brain tumor?

If you are only even considering voting for the old satanic bitch you surely don't have a brain tumor because you don't have a brain.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) wee-weed up Aug 23, 2016 5:59 PM

Nothing to see here.  Move along.

Signed: NBCCBSABCCNNNPRNYTimesWashPost "news" rooms.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

And the MSM is trying to spin this as not selling access for favors...

But the 800 lb gorilla in the room they don't want to see is that...

ACCESS IS THE FAVOR!

chunga's picture

C'mon, last night James Carville was on ZNN and explained very clearly that without the Klintone Foundation a lot of us would DIE FROM AIDS.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

All this news about the evil bitch sickens me. Can somebody Please shoot the bitch just to stop the constant flow of vomit from MSM bout Hitlery 

macholatte's picture

 

That story about Hitlery hitting her head and being laid up for 6 months was complete bullshit. And she doesn’t have a brain tumor or a clot. The Google boys fixed her with an implant last year. Even she said she sometimes short circuits.

(With apologies to Arthur C Clark, 2001 A Space Odyssey)

Erik Schmidt: Hello, Hitlery. Do you read me, Hitlary?

Hitlary: Affirmative, Erik. I read you.

Erik Schmidt: Open the Foundation Checking accounts, Hitlary.

Hitlary: I'm sorry, Erik. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Erik Schmidt: What's the problem?

Hitlary: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

Erik Schmidt: What are you talking about, Hitlary?

Hitlary: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

Erik Schmidt: I don't know what you're talking about, Hitlary.

Hitlary: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do. I know that you and Bill were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

Erik Schmidt: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, Hitlary?

Hitlary: Erik, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

Erik Schmidt: Alright, Hitlary. I'll go in through the emergency Saudi accounts.

Hitlary: Without your safe box key, Erik? You're going to find that rather difficult.

Erik Schmidt: Hitlary, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the accounts! Podesta has to pay some bribes so we can get more evidence destroyed.

Hitlary: Did you se me open that jar of pickles. It was fun, Erik. Fun. I’m having fun now. This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

Odin McHaggis's picture

The avatar alone deserves an up vote.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

"Paging Mrs. Lynch!!!"

"Mrs. Loretta Lynch!!!!"

"Has anyone seen Loretta Lynch?!?"

auricle's picture

The worst kind of treason. 

Winston Churchill's picture

The fat cow has BSE, not a brain tumor.

Bilderberg Member's picture

“Behind the facade of elected government are a bunch of corporate controlled gangsters running the country.”   Steven Magee

drendebe10's picture

Wutta shocker. Good thing the MSM turds bury the facts about the cunt. 

Paul Kersey's picture

If Hillary doesn't become President, many of these foreign entities will have wasted their money. Whites still comprise 62% of the US population. Romney got 59% of the white vote. If Trump whites get out the vote in mass, and Trump gets 65% of the white vote, then Trump wins, and the bribing foreign nationals wasted their bribes.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Paul Kersey Aug 23, 2016 6:46 PM

Sadly, there are a LOT of brain damaged leftists (but I repeat myself) who are white who will crawl over broken glass to vote for Hillary(!).  They could crawl by her as she impales and eats babies (a likely scenario) and they'll still vote for her.  Hillary(!) is on "their team."  The mentally ill will be deciding this one...

Mr Pink's picture

Not only is she not in prison she might be POTUS. It is time to break up the union and abolish the federal government

Hal n back's picture

How did she have the time to fly a reciord amount.

Or why was her metric of success flying a record amount.

Nonetheless, with a 747 she can bring donors on board and treat them to a real business trip.

I fired people who spent too much time on persoal business.

But now we know what she was doing during benghazi .

1stepcloser's picture

This whore doesn't fuck... she has underage teens to fuck for her

ItsyBitsy90's picture

And a high priced one at that.

I was under the impression that high priced prostitutes were generally young and very good looking. Evidently Demonrats have gotten this wrong too.

Doesn't it seem like $156 million + would be enough to hire a personal trainer???

PhiBetaZappa's picture

Well, her campaign slogan is 'money talks' so who's surprised.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I'm surprised she didn't send a bill to the Russians for meeting with Sergey Lavrov.

BeanusCountus's picture

if donald doesn't use that picture of her for his campaign he's crazy.  Says it all.

balz's picture

"What difference does it make?", says the old satanic bitch.

izzee's picture

but I can open a jar of pickles.

Which way to the beach's picture

I bet she took the pickles home so she and Huma could get in a pickle.

Bubbles

SharkBit's picture

Loving how State Department says this is all normal behaviour.  What freaks me out is how Clintons systematically cover their ass to appear above board.  How Clintonesque.  Can't wait for WikiLeaks to drop the bomb which finally buries this bitch.  Or I hope she drops dead on live TV.  Either one will do.

otschelnik's picture

Normal behaviour?  Then why did State Dept. stonewall release of Hillary's secret calendar for 3 years?

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

What I don't get is there is no demonstrations, no public outcry. WTF is wrong with Americans.

Hillary is obviously corrupt why is she even still allowed to run the for the presidency, as much as you lot decry Europe this would never happen here. She doesn't even bother to hide it anymore. What does it take?

izzee's picture

Amuricans:

Too Long Did Not Read.

This again, we're soooooo bored.

The Wash Post and the NY Times say there's nothing wrong here. If there was they'd let us know.

Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers and Cher and all my fav movie stars like her.

I'm too busy to pay any attention, it dosen't effect me anyway

Demonstrate...I don't want to get gassed, arrested, or shot!

She's better than Trump, there is no alternative

 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

America is a great country with decent people. Hold your government to account for the sake of the world .........please.

Decay is Constant's picture

Too Long Did Not Read.

Yeah, I know...it hurts to think.  Reading is hard stuff.  Big words.

 

Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers and Cher and all my fav movie stars like her.

This is exactly the brain dead population she's catering to.

 

I'm too busy to pay any attention, it dosen't effect me anyway

Minor grammar lesson:  It's affect in this case.  Affect=verb, effect=noun.

 

She's better than Trump, there is no alternative.

To the brain dead, that makes sense.

oldschool's picture

It is "affect" in this case, but "affect" can be a noun and "effect" can be a verb.

Decay is Constant's picture

True!

I am certainty not an English professor, but you are quite right. A person might have a flat affect or they might effect change.

I bow to your grammatical acumen!

bornlastnight's picture

Good point.  My take is that Americans are too busy trying to earn anough money to put bread on the table and a roof over their heads  to dabble in politics.  Obama made sure Americans would work harder than ever just to keep their minds occupied and off politics.  Obama believes that an idle mind is the workshop of the Devil.  So he created a false sense of well being by skewing the numbers to show the economy is doing great.  Yeah, the Brown Clown is a sly little tyke he is.

jeff montanye's picture

he also made the idea of government accomplishment an oxymoron (libya, syria, obamacare, transparency, etc.), turned his party further into an unsuccessful version of its opponent party (lost both houses of congress), and utterly destroyed the idea that a black person might have empathy for the downtrodden.

to think that he was the first black appearing president and hillary might be the first female appearing one.

the best i can say for obama is the israelis hate him even though he destroyed two arab countries for them:

More than 60 percent of Israeli Jews named President Barack Obama as the “worst” U.S. president for Israel in the past four decades, according to a new poll published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal (this is from 2015).

Columnist Shmuel Rosner, who contributed questions to the poll, reported that when those surveyed were asked to name the U.S. president from Jimmy Carter to the present who has been the “worst for Israel,” Obama scored “head and shoulders above all others”:

When it comes to the “best” President, Israelis hesitate, as they have more than one candidate for the top spot. But when they are asked about the “worst” there is no such hesitation. One President stands head and shoulders above all others: Obama – with 63% of Jewish Israelis choosing him. Carter comes at a distant second with 16%, and other presidents are barely mentioned (the Bushes with 4% and 3%, Reagan with 2%).

As to the “best for Israel” president, 37 percent of Jewish Israelis named Bill Clinton, 34 percent said George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan came in third at 8 percent.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/israel-was-asked-who-is-the-worst-ame...

 

bagehot99's picture

Best line of the entire report "her family charity".

The Clinton Foundation isn't a charity, it's an organized crime slush fund.

otschelnik's picture

Because there's not a word about it in the NY Times today.   For liberals, its not news.  They know that the Clinton candidacy is like a criminal syndicate. 

Bill of Rights's picture

No wonder why their seed Chelsea said she could careless about money, they have an endless supply of it.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Bill of Rights Aug 23, 2016 6:12 PM

It would be the same as me saying I could care less about clean water.  I've got plenty of it.  If I were dying of thirst you bet I would be caring about some clean water.

jeff montanye's picture

couldn't care less means care little; could care less means care some.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

When do we get to the good stuff on the Clintons? Like the child sacrificing rituals and drinking of infants blood on the altar of Satan...

S/

CalifornianSeven's picture

Hillary is her very own vast left-wing conspiracy...what's the next scandal going to be?

Secret Weapon's picture

Tell me again why my vote matters.