Clinton Foundation's Latest Scandal Involves Payments For "Exclusive Access To New Lime Production" In Haiti

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In the media's latest blatant attempt to "criminalize behavior that is normal", the Wall Street Journal recently highlighted yet another questionable pay-for-play allegation between Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and a powerful European perfume industry trade group called the Fragrance Foundation.  The alleged scandal begins with a $260,000 payment to Bill Clinton for a January 2014 speech to the Fragrance Foundation and ends with Firmenich International, one of the world’s largest fragrance and flavoring suppliers, getting access to an exclusive supply of limeoil from Haiti with a little help from their new friends at the Clinton Foundation...but only after another $200,000 of "donations" to a Clinton Foundation company, based in Haiti, called the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation.

The problem for Firmenich began back in early 2014 when the "Citrus Greening Disease" began wiping out 1,000s of acres of citrus in North America driving the price of limeoil, a key perfume input, through the roof.  Per the chart below, the price of limeoil hovered around $15,000 per metric ton for decades before surging to over $50,000 per metric ton in June 2014.

Lime Oil


The reduction in limeoil supply and the corresponding surge in price for Firmenich's key input, led the company to enlist the help of some business school students at the University of St. Gallen to research way to find "exclusive access to new lime production sources."  The details of the study were published in a paper called "Firmenich Sustainable Citrus Project."  Here are a couple of key excerpts from the study:

Especially in the US, lime fruits and oils are high in demand with global production being insufficient to cover the need of flavor companies such as Firmenich. At the same time, this global shortage in limes has been severed by the occurrence of the greening disease, which lead to a destruction of a majority of plants in Mexico and the Southern US.


To address both the issue of social inequalities and deforestation in Haiti as well as the global shortage in lime production, Firmenich, a leading flavor and fragrances company based in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to establish a project that fosters solutions to the above mentioned situation. Building cooperations with local partners in Haiti as well as small farmer families, the company has been trying to find a way to gain exclusive access to new lime production sources. Though Firmenich has already been granted financial resources, the project has not yet been implemented as a variety of challenges ranging from motivational issues of farmers, the danger of greening and local coordination to financial needs and marketing problems. Establishing a project team with four students from HSG University of St. Gallen, Firmenich has tried to gain a new sight on those issues and design new ways to implement the project.

According the University study, Firmenich needed help with "local coordination" to build new lime orchards in Haiti. 

And, we suspect that's where Bill Clinton comes in.  In January 2014, The Fragrance Foundation paid Bill $260,000 for a speech at a foundation event. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, shortly that speech, David Shipman, president of Firmenich’s U.S. unit and vice president of its charitable arm, approached the Clinton Foundation, one of the most active nonprofit organizations in Haiti, and "explained to them what [they] thought could be the future of limes on the island.”

Within months of starting those conversations with the Clinton Foundation, Firmentech had paid $200,000 to Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation, a Clinton Foundation consulting business based in Haiti, and another $175,000 to the "Smallholder Farmers Alliance" which had ties to the Clinton Foundation's work in Haiti as well. 

According to the Clinton Foundation website, Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation provides consulting services to local Haitian farmers looking to boost their "peanut yield and quality."  Therefore, it is obviously somewhat surprising that this particular company would have the appropriate expertise to help establish citrus orchards.

In January 2014, CGEP created the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation (Acceso - Haiti), a private, for-profit company with funding and support from the Clinton Foundation Haiti team. Acceso - Haiti is a peanut supply chain enterprise that provides capacity building and inputs to significantly improve peanut yield and quality, and also purchases peanuts from smallholder farmers at favorable, fixed prices, and sorts, tests, and re-sells directly to large buyers and the general market.

But sure enough, according to an October 2015 brochure published by the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, the SFA has planted 20,000 lime trees and is well on it's way to achieving its goal to "once again export lime oil."

Lime Oil


Of course, a spokesman for Mr. Clinton said his speech to the perfume industry “is in no way connected to the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti.”

And, likewise, Elizabeth Musmanno, executive director of the Fragrance Foundation, said she proposed inviting Mr. Clinton because he is one of “the best public speakers in the world.” She said it “had nothing to do with the Clinton Global Initiative,” referring to the foundation’s annual gathering that matches philanthropists with charities.

For those who believe those last two statements, we have some prime ocean-front property in Oklahoma that is looking for a new owner. 

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knukles's picture

Please make them stop. 
It's too much for any mortal.
Even my Shape Shifting Reptilian buds have had it with this lot.

To wit:  The only part of the "Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation" you need to comprehend is the "Acceso" part.

VonPumperDic's picture



I'll take "The Clintons" for a $1,000, please Alec !

Kleptocracy - a government seen as having a particularly severe and systemic problem with officials or a ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) taking advantage of corruption to extend their personal wealth and political power.

Hmmmm.....How everything will operate as under Hillary Clinton if elected ?

Wrong !

It already is a Kleptocracy ! ....But don't worry we have great consolation prizes !



booboo's picture

No, no, no. You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all down.

WillyGroper's picture

mozart died a pauper...didn't they lime him too?

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) WillyGroper Sep 21, 2016 6:13 PM

If there were successful independent lime farmers in Haiti, the Neoliberals would have a shit fit.  They would demand that they open their markets to the import of foreign limes, have a multinational corporation dump a shit ton limes in Haiti until they became so worthless that the farmers lost their land and were forced to sell the trees as firewood.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


No, no, no. You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all down.

You put the lime in the coconut and pay them all off,
You put the lime in the coconut and pay them all off,
You put the lime in the coconut and pay them all off,
You put the lime in the coconut and they'll pull the strings you need.

Lumberjack's picture

Yes indeed....


Bill Clinton was a featured speaker at the Cannes Liones Festival. It is not known whether the former president had any interaction with Lewinsky during the event. He did, however, manage to squeeze in a taxpayer-financed shopping spree at French luxury retailer Hermès, an outlet that is currently under fire from animal rights groups for torturing adorable creatures in the name of fashion.



Hermes perfumes and colognes

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Well, Oil be." -Bill Clinton

Whoa Dammit's picture

The question is : How much did the Clinton's have to pay & who did they pay to get the exclusive rights to Lime Oil and to the Gold Mine ?  I would think that a charitable foundation that bribes local governmental officals in Haiti to secure exclisive rights to certain markets would be in violation of international laws (which may still exist).

Scuba Steve's picture

First Clue: Pervert Billionaire of Pedophile Island.

Look at the guys' bio, he is the connection between money, contacts with guys like Soros to the Clintonistas.

This story is just getting brought out to the light of day ....

wombats's picture

Q: How much did the Clintons have to pay for their Exclusive Rights?

A:  About $1 for the bullet to take out the only guy with the balls to say "No" to them


Antifaschistische's picture

Note to the Fake Bleeding Hearts that insist on bombarding us with Haitian Fund Raising pleas.

"Exclusive Access" to supply (in this case limeoil)...does not mean "exclusive access".  

Exclusive Access = Paying WAY below market rates for a product to a supplier who is not allowed to sell to others.

This story is repeated across the globe where there's always a "real story" behind why a country is so impoverished.  So stop asking me for money until you clean this crap up.

jcaz's picture

This fucking "foundation" puts Goldman Sachs to shame.....

We have a new squid- tenacles in everything.....

Omen IV's picture

Hillary is turning over the USA Infrastructure Investment to Bill Clinton because of his "expertise" on economic projects

so the existing USA infrastructure will be sold by the public entities that own the property / privatized / minor investment with federal government guarantees 95% leverage  / raise tolls by 500% / and the clintons will take their piece into the Foundation and then out as a slush fund payment - over the next eight years - the USA will be completely privatized - Bridges / Highways / Tunnels / Airports / Public Buildings / School Houses / Bus Depots / Commuter Rail Roads /sewer systems / water systems / US Corp of Engineers will be privatized

public streets will require tolls / stop lights will record tolls as you pass  / parking meters ---- all privatized!!!!!!!


The FBI and DoJ will be 100% play for pay / EPA / DoD / DoL  ----- everything will be for sale

Bill Clinton will create Haiti in the US of A

Hillary's Brother has the only gold concession in Haiti granted at the time of the earthquake relief program run by CLINTON

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"We have a new squid- tenacles in everything....."

THIS is the primary problem with the Hillary, her election amounts to a fascist coup.

Crash Overide's picture

"This fucking "foundation" puts Goldman Sachs to shame.....

We have a new squid- tenacles in everything....."


The squid is the foundations...

Implied Violins's picture

Oh, this ain't nothin'. Ya oughta see the Bush family's cumulative crime sheet. Or, the Rockefellers and the Rothchilds.

...and until we do, NOTHING CHANGES.

Theta_Burn's picture

In the meantime, giving consideration to the stain on humanity by those folks you listed, it just seems so much more fun watching the clintonians implode.

E5's picture

So many fronts they had to use code to remind themselves which one performed which duties.  So in their Rhodes Scholar manner they came up with a code called "el Spain-0"

CheapBastard's picture

"Crooked" Clintons are out of control.

Pleeze, replace Crooked Comey with a real Law Enforcement fbi chief.


balz's picture

How many scandals before the American people wake up and vote for Trump?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

They are waking up. If the Donald would truly go after the Fed, I think that would seal his victory.

Theta_Burn's picture

Assange better snap to it, at this exponential scandal rate his info will need to take back burner..

Winston Churchill's picture

At least one faction of our deep state rulers are beating him to the stabbing.

October is going to be glorious this year.

knukles's picture

Interesting that.
Been cogitating along the very same lines.
So much, ever so gently placed out into the public domain.
A schism within, perhaps as the likely-hood of a slight retrenchment takes place?  Times like these try men's souls.  Whether they're still owned, been sold or rehypothicated numerous times.

Winston Churchill's picture

Psychopathy is not a group activity knucks.

Temporary alliances last but the blink of an eye. Funny as shit watching two aging oligarchs at fisticuffs at

social events.Seen it a couple of times in the last ten years.

Dormouse's picture

Debate is Monday night, maybe this Friday morning we get a WikiDump.

SpanishGoop's picture

The biggest change Hillary will make to America is to renamed it to Clintonrika and the will refer to the plant earth as "The blue Clinton".




TalkToLind's picture

Look, if we must have the first female president in 2017 can it be this lady?  She's kind of like a hot, female Ron Paul.

Skiprrrdog's picture

I'd throw the old greaseball a bone...

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Careful what you wish for. She looks alot like Huma.

PaperTaperFakerCaper's picture

"Mahty Feldman Eyes" 
(rewrite of "Bette Davis Eyes") 
It helps to sing along...

She'll explode you, she'll invade you
Make a killing from the crumbs she throws you
She's ferocious, and she knows just
What it takes to void the bum's rush
But now we know... she's gonna fry
She's got ... Mahty Feldman eyes

HalinCA's picture

They do such good work for the world!

Theta_Burn's picture

With all this talk of limes.. time for the Juniper juice.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture


With all this talk of limes.. time for the Juniper juice. know it's the only thing that keeps us together...

BabaLooey's picture

Die Clintons...die!

The sheer amount of lies, crimes, deaths and outright nastiness of these two motherfuckers is sick.


south40_dreams's picture

Or, it could be these ridiculous clowns from Arkansas are simply the willing rubes of the evil puppet master himself.  Soros is likely the muscle of the clinton crime family.

If you want to kill a snake, cut off its head

just the tip's picture

i can't understand why, a bond movie has not been make where the foil  is an ex-US president and his faux wife. this posting alone has all the ingredients of a bond flick.  i can't understand why they haven't done something like that.  unless barbara broccoli knows what will happen to her in real life?

JLee2027's picture

Sounds like an awesome script idea.

azusgm's picture

While capable people are going through what they can find of the Clinton Foundation's financials for evidence of money laundering, could someone please throw this one into the "in" basket and give it a look? Could be rather entertaining.


south40_dreams's picture

TCB typical clinton behavior.  It no longer affects anyone, people are numb after eight years of the terrorist in the white house.

Dg4884's picture

There is a special place in hell waiting for those two.

AViewFromDublin's picture

What is it with this rapacious and insatiable greed they both have for wealth and power? They both look like they are on their last legs too -  they are wrecks.


Has it occured to  gunner eyed Hillary that she is not going to be around for much longer especially if she has late stage Parkinsons? Bill looks like he has late stage syphilus.


What good is all that wealth and power to them at this stage in their lifes? Then you have that evil bastard Soros in his late 80's sowing discord across Europe. I used to think stuff like Satanism was a bit nutty but now I'm not so sure. These fuckers have made some pact with the devil. 

Miss Expectations's picture

Looks like Bill Clinton turned Haiti into to his very own island plantation.  

He's the Toll Taker/Troll under the Bridge.

lakecity55's picture

Don Clinteone.

The Dixie Mafia taught him well.....