If you wanted to meet with Hillary at State, you better have shown her the money

Hillary Clinton, right before she realized the big blue balloon had not given $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Hillary Clinton, right after she realized the big blue balloon had not given $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. “Buh-bye!” (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

If you were still wondering whether Hillary Clinton mixed personal and public business while serving as secretary of state — HAAAAAAAAA … HAHAHAHAHAHA … HAHA .. HEE HEE … WHOOOOOO … (little girl voice) HEE HEE HEE HEE … HEE … (gasps for air) WHEWWWWWW … HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA — the Associated Press has crunched the numbers, and they ain’t pretty:

“More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

“At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. 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 meetings examined don’t include those with “federal employees or federal government representatives,” which is understandable since she had no way to monetize those. But the 154 figure also doesn’t include “representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity” — which is also defensible, given the duties of a secretary of state, but also must be considered in light of the particularly unusual circumstance of a secretary of state being party to such a large private foundation.

But let’s just focus today, as the AP did, on the 85 of 154 statistic.

That’s 55 percent of her non-government visitors and meetings while secretary of state. As the AP put it, that’s an extraordinary proportion. Here’s another way to look at it: She met with 85 of the 6,000-plus people who gave to the Clinton Foundation … and with 69 of the 6 billion-plus people on Earth who didn’t.

So, a gift to the Clinton Foundation increased your chances of meeting with her roughly a million-fold.

But not all donors are created equal. According to the Clinton Foundation’s website, 193 individuals or organizations have given at least $1 million. That means 1 in 10 of those big donors were able to get on her official calendar.

In other words, your odds of getting an audience with her were a lot better if you gave money to the Clinton Foundation — and they got better and better the more you gave.

Still to be untangled is how these threads are woven into the fabric of Clinton’s political machine — political donors, bundlers (who “bundle” donations from a variety of givers) and so on.

Among the striking things about this report is how long it took the AP to get hold of what are rightfully public documents. From the story: “The AP 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.” And after all that stonewalling, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon had the gall to complain that the analysis only covers half of Clinton’s tenure at State.

Well, Mr. Fallon, perhaps State or someone in the Clinton campaign should have released this information without a three-year court fight, instead of continuing even now to withhold the part pertaining to the rest of her time at State.

The AP concluded Clinton likely didn’t violate “legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009.” That makes the story all the more quintessentially Clintonian:

Violate all manner of common-sense ethical standards; stop (maybe) just short of breaking the law; withhold public information as long as possible — and then blame the messenger for finally getting said information.

You can dislike Donald Trump enough not to vote for him. But I don’t know how one justifies voting for Hillary Clinton after all this. Maybe that’s why we only ever hear or read anti-Trump tirades from our liberal friends, and virtually nothing attempting to explain why Clinton is a good choice in her own right.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I recommend Time Inc. Specials/National Geographic, on display for this month into September:  "Founding Fathers: America's Great Leaders and the Fight for Freedom."


From this booklet: "The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, that we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time, and eternally press forward."  

Thomas Jefferson

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Under Donald Trump as America's next president, America would fall backwards in liberty, in egalitarianism, and in the rights of humankind instead of "eternally press(ing) forward." 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

http://circa.com/politics/election-2016/clinton-warned-in-2009-memo-that-russian-uranium-moves-were-bad-for-us-europe


'Clear violation of ethics'

"I think it is a smoking gun," Gray said. "By not acting, she helped. And the only way she could have avoided criminal liability was to recuse herself, which she did not. I think it is a clear violation of ethics statutes."


Well, Hillary profited, helped the Russians in their quest for Ukraine, so what's not to like.  Note, she was tipped off early that this was a bad deal for the USA, Ukraine, and Europe and did not head the warnings.  The left blames Bush for failing to head warnings on 9/11 and here we go again. 

lvg
lvg

Private donors thought  they could do an end run around US government aid to Haiti by donating to Clinton Foundation and horrors of Horrors Hillary encouraged them to do the nasty deed! You know Bubba was in Haiti only because Monica was down there too.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

No American with any self respect or love of country will vote for Hillary.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Yeah only real Americans will vote for 
Trump- biggest con artist to ever run for president. Makes Nixon look like small potatoes.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Hillary's pant suits might be ready to split down the middle seams and not because of weight gain but by the law of averages finally catching up with her and Slick Willie.

Dateline 2016
Dateline 2016

It's being reported now that Trump gave about $100K to the Clinton Foundation too.  What did he get for his money?

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Dateline 2016 

Well apparently nothing. If there's some evidence that Trump, received some kind of quid- pro- quo, then there's an issue. Of course in that scenario Hillary would also take a hit. Be careful of what you wish for.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Yep, in 2009 and he also invited them to his wedding. In 2009, he also gave an additional $826,000 to other charities, including the police, hospitals and youth organizations. Sounds like someone who gives to his community instead of just taking from it, like others do.

Sure, we can find fault in some of his choices in charities.

Now, for your next comment, tell us how he's lying about his wealth and is really broke.

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

Why can't all you liberal folks just admit that Hillary is corrupt, dishonest and untrustworthy? Say what you will about Trump but just admit the truth about her. And the Clintons have been this way for decades. The evidence is overwhelming, it just can't all be a right-wing conspiracy. Polls continue to show over 70% of people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Why would anyone want to continue down the path that has people feeling this way? Hillary is as "establishment" as it gets. Let's just try something different for a change, giveTrump a chance. Congress won't allow him to do anything too outrageous and the Generals won't allow him to push the "button". Barbara Bush was right, the last thing this country needs is another Bush or another Clinton as President!

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Chuckyc Again the argument about over 70% of people believing that the country is headed in the wrong direction.. And so again I will point out that the polls also show 52% approval of the President Obama's job performance, and less than 20% approval of the Republican controlled Congress.

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

MarkVV - Obama only has a 52% approval rating because he's on his way out finally! Even the liberal media reports the 70% figure. And you sir still cannot admit the truth about Hillary!

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @Chuckyc 

Maybe the approval polls are just registering relief that the Obummer is on his way out. After all Obama's approval was mostly in the toilet throughout most of his presidency. 

Starik
Starik

@Chuckyc I'd vote for Obama before Hillary OR Trump. That's not because Obama has been a great President.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Chuckyc Sorry about being so blunt, but it cannot be said differently. Claiming that "Obama only has a 52% approval rating because he's on his way out finally" is about the most stupid claim I have heard in a long time. People are asked to approve or disapprove his job performance, and they say they approve because he is on the way out? Even a small child would not be so inane.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

LOL, coming from the genius who confuses "job approval" with actual accomplishments and results!

Job approval numbers are about as meaningful as Nobel Peace Prize awards these days.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

You really hit a nerve Kyle.  The Clinton apologists are out in full force on your blog.  Reminds me that DNC is paying bloggers.  But these people make Clinton look even worse with their delusion.

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

Why won't Hillary do something vey common, especially in this day and age, and hold a news conference? Because she will have to answer questions which means she will have to lie some more! I understand people's dislike for Trump. But it's beyond me how anyone could vote for this dishonest, lying woman. I guess is depends on what the definition of is is. She IS a liar!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Chuckyc She has already had a press conference this year.  You don't get two shots at the apple, if there is a Clinton involved.

CJO
CJO

"I don’t know how one justifies voting for Hillary Clinton after all this."

Kyle should consider reading Jay Bookman's blog from time-to-time. He addressed this issue head on.

I'll point out that "donations to the Clinton Foundation" are not necessarily donations to the Clinton Foundation. The premise of the organization is that participants make commitments, such as raising money for a given cause, that they must follow-through on in order to maintain a relationship with the Foundation. What is happening is that commitments to raise money for an outside charity, which do not benefit the Foundation in any way, are being characterized by the press as "donations to the Clinton Foundation." 

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@CJO So it depends on the definition of donation?  LOL!

Ken430TX
Ken430TX

I won't vote for the liar or the demagogue.  I'm voting Libertarian.  Go Gary Johnson.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Ken430TX I can respect that.


Most educated GOP friends I have are voting Libertarian.


Feel the Johnson ! 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

http://fortune.com/2016/08/23/trump-campaign-rent/


The Trump campaign’s rent for its headquarters at Trump Tower has soared in just a few months.


The Huffington Post reports that, according to FEC records, until March Donald Trump’s campaign had been paying $35,458 in rent each month since last summer. In July, the campaign paid $169,758—an increase of nearly 500%.


Champion of ethics.


Want to know what he is thinking up in Trump Towers ?


What a bunch of suckers.

Ken430TX
Ken430TX

I won't vote for Trump, but your comment fails to mention that they expanded their offices to two additional floors of the building.  Kind of a cheap shot, eh?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Ken430TX Then why are they paying THE EXACT SAME NUMBER OF STAFF


Adding two floors would mean more employees no ?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

I tend to agree with the liberals that there are quite a few Republicans that place graft and personal enrichment above the welfare of the people they represent. Eric Cantor and the whole entire Bush family come to mind, just to name a few. Gee, I wonder if this could be the whole premise of the Trump candidacy, him being the Outsider, and his successes with it to date? Heard from Jeb! or Lil Marco lately?

So it appears as though the Republicans are removing the corruption from their side of the aisle while the democrats seem to be perfectly happy with more of the same. Same old, same old, in fact.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@IReportYouWhine What piece of fiction do you read to believe the "whole entire Bush family" is involved in "graft and personal enrichment?"

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

He paid for his whole entire primary campaign out of his own pocket, at his own risk. He took key people away from the day to day operations of his company, investing their time also.

clinton has risked Chinese and Russian money up to this point.

I report, you decide.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@IReportYouWhine What Chinese money.


The Chinese money that doesnt appear on Hillary's tax returns.


Shame we cant see Trumps. Being the ethical champion he is and all. 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

You can be naive, if you'd like. There are no laws against that.

Go to Chicago and many other major cities and look at the giant Trump signs in their skylines. He doesn't need corrupted money.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@IReportYouWhine  He paid for his whole entire primary campaign out of his own pocket, at his own risk.


LOL


He loaned his campaign money. Some was from individual donations.


That loan gets paid back. And a lot of the campaign events just happen to be at Trump properties.


Pull the other one.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@IReportYouWhine I have.


They all say he didn't come close to self fund his primary campaign


And now that he is in the general. He is fleecing the RNC something good.


Rent just went up on Trump properties baby !!!!

hnbc
hnbc

And how many of those buildings does he own outright? How much is owned by others? Without tax returns we have no

way of knowing, do we? No wonder Trump

Won't release his tax returns - we'd learn a lot of truths he's been hiding.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Word jumble.

So the Chinese money would be the better option?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Yeah, I didn't think the New York Times had reported that information yet. You may want to check some other sources every now and again.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 Charity Watch gave the Clinton Foundation an A grade, while GuideStar gave it a platinum rating.


Daniel Borochoff of Charity Watch noted that in 2014, 87.2% of the foundation's funding went to its programs, "which is really high." The foundation, he said, does "really important, valuable work that saves lives of lots of people."


Shutting the Clinton foundation down will hurt millions of people. People that foundation is helping as we speak.


http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/how-to-save-the-clinton-foundation?mbid=nl_TNY Template - With Photo (83)&CNDID=36632370&spMailingID=9409644&spUserID=MTMzMTgzNzkwOTM5S0&spJobID=982009896&spReportId=OTgyMDA5ODk2S0


The link is a bit highbrow for some ( Rafe im looking at you ) but it has some good ideas. 



RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar If it is truly interested in its charity work there are many great organizations that could take it over and scrape the Clinton slime off it, so that the charity work could shine.  


Donate the proceeds to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and shut her down.  The problem with that is all these foreign governments would see little benefit in continuing to donate unless they get something for it and Bill and Melinda don't have access to sell.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar If it is truly interested in its charity work there are many great organizations that could take it over and scrape the Clinton slime off it, so that the charity work could shine.  

That is what the New Yorker article mentions. 


And probably what is going to happen.

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

Do you pay for your food, housing, and travel expense? They don't, the "Foundation" and the tax payer pays for theirs!

hnbc
hnbc

Maybe Trump could actually follow through on his charitable donations. We'd know if he would release his tax returns wouldn't we?

hnbc
hnbc

Wingfield, your prejudice against HRC is showing. You don't think big donors to the GOP don't have easy access to Republican senators and house members, not only nationally and at state level? And you don't think those same members of the GOP, who vote as a block, don't give favors to those same big donors? And that those same senators and house members see those big donors on "company time" - also known as the taxpayer dime? Just like other Right-wingers you're trying to create a scandal where none exists.

Starik
Starik

@Hedley_Lammar @hnbc hnbc, the pay-to-pay system in politics is wrong regardless of person or party. Don't worry, I'll vote for Clinton, because she's not-Trump. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@hnbc Ill just venture a guess


Like the executive orders Obama has issued ( Far fewer than Bush did ) . Its about the scale


Right ?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @hnbc  Too busy running the Clinton money laundering and pay for play operation  


The same ones Guidestar gave a platinum rating too 


That Charitywatch gave an A to


Man you guys really do live on another planet.



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar @hnbc Read the New Yorker article if you really want to educate yourself on this.


They aren't calling for it to be shut down because they are "grifters' Or anything else.


If anything they are saying the Clintons need to let it go while she is President so it can keep doing the good it does.


So try again Rafe 

hnbc
hnbc

And senators and house members are supposed to be running the country which is doing their job- so what's your point? Thanks to not doing their jobs, we've had a vacancy on the Supreme Courf for quite some take. But go ahead and find fault oh with Clnton - your bias is showing.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@hnbc Well one big difference,  she was supposed to run the Dept of State and represent the US in foreign policy, however did she find the time?  


She didn't.  Too busy running the Clinton money laundering and pay for play operation   You would think that while Hillary ran the world, Bill could have put in a few more hours on the Grifting, to help her out.  Typical husband expecting his wife to work all day and do the house fleecing work as well.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister @hnbc Why is the CEO of Huffington Post calling for the Grifters to shut down the "foundation"? 


It is not just the right, who realize what a criminally corrupt organization it is.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@hnbc Congressman and Senators can be held accountable by the voters, Sec of State is exempt from direct accountability.