The Clinton Foundation, created in 1997 as a nominal nonprofit, has served as a shadow Super PAC for the Clintons. It covers the Clintons travel expenses and keeps their retinue employed between elections, discusses Daniel Henninger in the WSJ.
The payroll has included Huma Abedin, who drew a State Department salary even as she managed politics at the foundation and is now vice-chairwoman of the Clinton campaign. Dennis Cheng raised money for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 bid, then became the foundation’s chief development officer and now leads Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 fundraising. Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff at State, sat on the foundation board. And don’t forget Sid Blumenthal, the longtime Clinton Svengali who was secretly advising Mrs. Clinton at State while drawing a foundation salary. This may not be illegal but the charity here is for the Clintons’ benefit.
Who is funding this political operation? Contributions have come from “nearly every country and major company in the world.”
- Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
- UBS gave more than $500,000 to the foundation after Secretary Clinton solved its IRS problem.
- Canadian mining magnate Ian Telfer used a family charity to donate millions to the foundation at the same time a Cabinet committee on which Mrs. Clinton sat was reviewing (and ultimately greenlighted) a Russian mining deal involving his company.
- Bill Clinton received $105 million for 542 speeches between January 2001 (when he left the White House) and January 2013 (when Hillary stepped down from State), often from companies and countries with business before State.