Clinton Foundation CEO Admits To Pay-For-Play: "No Question" That "Courtesy Appointments" Were Made

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, the CEO of the Clinton Foundation, Donna Shalala, went on MSNBC and openly admitted to engaging in "pay-for-play" activities saying there is "no question" that Foundation donors received "courtesy appointments" during Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State.  Somehow, Shalala would like for us to believe that so long as appointees weren't put in a position to impact policy decisions then there is no real issue.  I guess we should just ignore that taxpayers are funding the salaries of those appointees and paying for their government-related travel all over the world while Hillary gets to accrue "political capital" and her Foundation gets to continue raking in the donations?

Shalala also seems to invoke the Donna Brazile (new DNC Chair) defense who previously told ABC that "someone who is a donor..saying I want access" isn't an issue and anyone who suggests otherwise is just attempting to "criminalize behavior that is normal" (see out previous post "New DNC Chair Says Outrage Over Clinton's Pay-To-Play Is Attempt To 'Criminalize Normal Behavior'").

"First of all there is no question there were phone calls made to get appointments for people."


"There were also business people. There is no question about that."


"I don't see evidence that there was policy decisions made as a result of that other than courtesy appointments. And people in public life are used to doing that kind of — that is, making courtesy appointments for people.  I certainly did it as secretary [of Health and Human Services] with requests from Republicans in Congress so I don't find it unusual. We have to be careful that it's not linked to policy decisions as opposed to simply seeing prominent people that ask for appointments."


Of course, according to LifeZette, the Trump camp took issue with the statements with Jason Miller, Trump's communications adviser, releasing the following statement:

“It speaks volumes that the Clinton Foundation’s CEO would casually admit on national television that its donors received access and ‘courtesy appointments’ at Hillary Clinton’s State Department.  This is emblematic of the corrupt pay-to-play culture Hillary Clinton and those in her orbit bring to the table, where it so pervasive it is actually uncontroversial to those involved.”


“This is why a special prosecutor needs to be appointed to independently investigate the growing evidence of corruption between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state,”

But the following morning, Shalala went on CNN and seemingly walked back her previous statements made on MSNBC saying that a "courtesy meeting" request made by Doug Band of Huma Abedin "never happened."  

“Guess what. That never happened. Never happened.  I don’t care who asked for what. It never happened. It just did not happen.”

When asked whether she was comfortable with Clinton Foundation staff requesting favors, even if they were never fulfilled, Shalala stopped short of a blatant confirmation, which she offered on earlier on MSNBC, saying instead that "no one should cross any line." 

“Well, you know, no one should cross any line."


And, just for good measure, here is the clip of Donna Brazile from back in August where she assures us that "someone who is a donor..saying I want access" isn't an issue and anyone who suggests otherwise is just attempting to "criminalize behavior that is normal."


Fast forward to the 3:45 mark for the relevant exchange:


Well, we guess there is nothing to see here then.  Just some more smoke people...move along.

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pathosattrition's picture

Someone kill the bitch already.

Joe Davola's picture

If rumors are to be believed, you might be too late!

espirit's picture

Congrats Shalala, you're still on the 'A' List.

NidStyles's picture

I am a firm believer that non-elected positions should be ranked and structured like the military.


This is government service, not the revolving door private banking sector...

HowdyDoody's picture

So this is also acceptible charitable purpose?


NoDebt's picture

I guess as long as Hillary didn't come out of the meeting with a new Rolex on her wrist or with the keys to a new Bentley, this must pass for "not corruption" these days.  We have sunk to a pretty fucking low standard.

We have her own people saying openly here she committed a CRIME.  MUTIPLE crimes.  While in office.  People are supposed to go to jail for this shit.  But not Her Majesty.

Enjoy your Parkinsons, Hillary.  I hope it takes you down REAL slow and painful-like.

end times prophet's picture

Hillary is a shovel ready project

DontGive's picture

Huh? Ohh I see what you did there!

greenskeeper carl's picture

So, let me get this straight: She went onto one of killery's many news networks and got a little too honest, so another of the clinton water carrier networks had the same person back on there and let her walk back her previous semi-honest(if accidental) statements? I guess this is what passes for normal in the new normal.


I just don't underatand how so many people are ok with this kind of behaviour. "Yes, we gave several big donors political appointments which means that people who gave money to the clinton foundation were then granted diplomatic status and had their salaries and travel and the travel of their families paid for by the US taxpayer, but its not like clinton just hired people who gave money to the clinton foundation and then had their travel paid for by the taxpayer cuz blah blah blah d;ifaejtasdgka;lgja;i" What the fuck.


And I wish they would just stop with the "this is normal excuse" as if that makes them less deserving of the tar and feather treatment. Thats just all the more reason to rid ourselves of all these people, burn the whole system down, and start over again. That "republicans do it too" sure isn't going to help with the growing % of americans who despise both parties.

espirit's picture

Immobile, and writhing in pain while Billy porks a young thing in bed next to you.

Archibald Buttle's picture

you still get a +1, but i think the proper term is "dicking bimbos."

Milton Keynes's picture

Given the Supreme Court just lowered the standard for "Honest Services" fraud again, in US v McDonnell,  

it's probably legal..

Immoral, Unethical, shady as hell, Improper, but the Supremes just handed her the jail keys on that one.


Now as for Donna Brazile, What HRC and Bill did was "Normalize Criminal Behaviour"... 

espirit's picture

I like that 'Normalize Criminal Behavior',

as it goes along with Ayn Rand's un-indicted felon meme.

I can be a better bad guy then a good guy.

Big Whoop's picture

Nothing to see hear. This is just another case of "honest graft".

GreatUncle's picture

Just remember the secret service agree with it too ... you would have to comprimise your moral integrity to protect these people.

I guess it is all about the money.

ebworthen's picture

Funny...I didn't hear that report on PBS or NPR or any other MSM outlet today...

p.s. - Donna Shalala is almost as big of a p.o.s. as the Clinton gang, no surprise she is in that pile of dung, and that is an insult to dung.

Proctologist's picture

Flies don't insult dung..... They eat it!

Shalala fits perfectly in that class of politicians that come up from eigh that come up for air with a face full of excrement ..... And give you a strange look if you think something is not right ;)

rocknrollinhoneybadger's picture

I always wonder how good people die while fucking evil motherfuckers like Clinton and Obama outlive everyone?

SmittyinLA's picture

Lol Bill has been saying that for 30 years

SmittyinLA's picture

Lol Bill has been saying that for 30 years

Aubiekong's picture

100% proof of bribes, she along with her entire family should be in jail...

philipat's picture

But I do agree with the comment that these practises have become so pervasive that those involved no longer see anything wrong. It's just another manifestation that the entire political system in the US is totally corrupt and broken.

espirit's picture

Everything is a CON. How do we vet the honest ones? 

beemasters's picture

It's now official. The USA is no.1 and more corrupt than Sudan. At least the Sudanese government has been honestly and openly corrupt.

wee-weed up's picture

Rub their corrupt noses in it, Trump!

Cruel Aid's picture

sure, senator clinton, get ready thats coming. yeah the spawn from the unknown clinton

BennyBoy's picture


Dont be " attempting to "criminalize behavior that is normal".

Pay for play is normal. Bribing politicians is normal.

CheapBastard's picture

Hillary has made some formidable enemies looks like.

balz's picture

A bunch of old frustrated and corrupted feminists.

Theta_Burn's picture

Its whats done, yea we did it, we are admitting it, its SOP, we need to move along question.


I guess bricks are being shat.. that Assange, really making these jagoffs earn thier pay for a change.

So..does this finally make the email thing moot?

Berspankme's picture

As someone who has had several expat assignments, there is no cushier job in the world than a US ambassador to a friendly country. 

Lumberjack's picture

They even brag about it.

Includes restaurant reviews, parties and lifestyles of spouses.

Vatican_cameo's picture


"We admit wrongdoing, and we're truly sorry................that we were caught.  Next question?"

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

so the white phone, in the White house, is the Courtesy Appoints line?

anybody have that number handy/

Dormouse's picture

If it wasn't released in this weeks email dumps, check back during the next media coverup frenzy.

We Are The Priests's picture

This is starting to look like a strategic political implosion. Makes us wonder what the end game of such a strategy would be. Again, Roger Stone is on record claiming that Michelle Obama will be selected by the DNC to replace the Hildabeast. As Dave over at X22 Report says, "We're gonna have to watch this very closely."

WestVillageIdiot's picture

I disagree that this is a strategic implosion.  This is the culmination of corruption, incompetence, and arrogance all coming together in some very unattractive packages.

espirit's picture

All Admirable according to DNC.

/s or not, I forget.

Skiprrrdog's picture

But but but...Mike Obozo does not have a vagina...I thought everyone wanted a bitch this time around...we had eight years of the Brown Clown... that should count for a vagina vote...

Theta_Burn's picture

And we though hearing the hils voice was chaulkboard bad..

Michelle Obama/retard America..allegedly a woman and black? Trumps chances just plummeted...

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Rich people everywhere:  "You mean all I got to do is stroke a check?!"

williambanzai7's picture

Anyone need a short hand definition of cronyism: Shalalalist

Skiprrrdog's picture

Sha la la... didn't she used to be in a doo wop band back in the day?

KuriousKat's picture

Shalalaman had a couple of decent movies what happened to him?

Skiprrrdog's picture

Hyena Rodent Clinton

Ready to serve...

As a test dummy for an electric chair...

847328_3527's picture

I think some timid, but fun-seeking, intern turned up the intensity on Hillary's Deep Brain Stimulation Unit for her Parkinson's Disease causing all sorts of havoc like collapsing, aspirating, head nodding, etc.


I know a couple of young docs and they have a droll if not sordid sense of humor sometimes.

SHADEWELL's picture

I say


Not so sure bout the electric chair, that could actually help that psychotic bitch