Hillary promised to stop doing something. The better question is why she was doing it in the first place.
Since it’s said that the Clinton Foundation money finds its way back to them anyway, this becomes a serious question:
Hillary promised to stop taking foreign donations if she wins.
Facing criticism for some of the donations given to his family’s philanthropy, Bill Clinton said on Thursday that the Clinton Foundation would no longer accept foreign or corporate money and that he would resign from its board should Hillary Clinton win the presidency.
Mr. Clinton’s announcement, which he relayed to foundation employees in a meeting on Thursday, followed the recent release of State Department emails mentioning donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation who had contact with aides to Mrs. Clinton while she was the secretary of state.
But should she have been taking them in the first place? Many say ‘no’.
When even the left-Wing Salon is piling on, you know there’s something weird going on. From their story:
Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Federal law designates the secretary of state as “responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales” of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries. In practice, that meant that Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals — and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Hillary Clinton’s State Department did a whole lot of approving.
While Clinton was secretary of state, her department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors. That figure from Clinton’s three full fiscal years in office is almost double the value of arms sales to those countries during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.
But she has already ‘walked back’ her promise of not accepting foreign or corporate money if she wins.
…it should come as no surprise that almost as soon as the Clinton campaign made the latest promise to stop taking donations (less than 24 hours, actually,) they were already walking it back. This story, of course, received nowhere near the coverage as the original announcement and that was likely what team Clinton was counting on all along.
Here is what Reuters published late Friday:
It was reported on Thursday that the Clinton Foundation would no longer receive donations from foreigners or corporations if Clinton wins the election in November, an effort to defuse criticism that donors to the globe-straddling charity might inappropriately seek White House favors in return.
But representatives of the charities confirmed on Friday that the new guidelines would only apply to a small portion of the foundation’s activities, including its work on climate change and some of its work on economic development (emphasis added).
So there you have it, this “ban” on corporate and foreign donations really only applies to a small number of number of the foundation’s projects.
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