By The Horn editorial team
(HORN NEWS) — It’s the memo critics of the Clinton Foundation have been expecting for years — and the timing of the leak means BIG trouble for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’selection hopes.
The leaked documents show just how deep and disturbing the Clinton family corruption is. When combined with tightening poll numbers just a week before the election, it means bad news for Hillary.
The report, released by anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, reveals the ugly truth about the Clinton’s controversial charity. They show how the Clinton Foundation operates and how it raises money — and prove in black and white how the foundation’s biggest donors also gave MILLIONS not just to the charity… but DIRECTLY to the Clintons themselves!
This arrangement is so ugly that even the mainstream media can’t avoid it. Even Clinton-friendly MSNBC called it “sleazy.”
The documents themselves — written by a longtime Clinton ally — refer to the former president’s greedy cash grab efforts as “Bill Clinton, Inc.”
“We have dedicated ourselves to helping the President secure and engage in for-profit activities,” the 13-page report from longtime advisor Doug Band states matter-of-factly.
The payments include “in-kind services” such as personal travel and even vacations. But mostly, it’s about cold, hard cash.
“Since 2001, President Clinton’s business arrangements have yielded more than $30 million for him personally, with $66 million to be paid out over the next nine years should he choose to continue with the current engagements,” he wrote.
Here are some examples of how easily the cash flowed between the Clinton family, the charity and its “partner” companies: Laureate International Universities: The for-profit international college chain donated $1.5 million to the foundation and cooked up an “honorary chancellor” position to pay Bill Clinton $3.5 million a
Barclays: The banking giant paid Bill Clinton $700,000 for two speeches in 2010 and 2011, and gave $1.1 million to the charity.
UBS Global Wealth Management: Paid Bill Clinton $2 million for speeches between 2011 and 2015, and gave Hillary Clinton $225,000 for a speech in 2013… along with $540,000 in contributions to the foundation.
BHP Billiton: This global mining company paid Bill Clinton $175,000 for a 2011 speech to its board of directors a year after kicking in $20,000 to the charity.
Notice the trend here? Some of these companies are paying the Clintons MORE than they’re giving to the foundation!
That raises the perfectly valid question: What’s the priority? The Clintons claim it’s the charity, but it’s a hollow argument when you see some firms giving more to the Clintons themselves than to the charity they claim to support.
Clearly, they’re not trying to buy vaccines for African babies. They’re more interesting in buying the influence of one of the nation’s most powerful political families.
In some cases, they paid off Bill Clinton while his wife was serving as Secretary of State. In others, they made payments knowing full well they were buying more than access to a former president. They were getting into the pocket of a possible future president, too.
“If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren’t in the White House, just imagine what they’ll do given the chance to once again control the Oval Office,” Repulbican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a rally in Ohio on Thursday. “And we’ve had enough, honestly. I think we’ve had enough of the Clintons.”