Wealthy people have long used charitable family foundations to to fulfill that old adage, “Charity begins at home,” as exemplified in our previous post.
Now comes evidence that in addition to using foundation money to fund a lavish wedding, the foundation has been pulling in funds from one of the most repressive regimes on earth.
From teleSUR English:
In the horde of emails concerning U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton exposed by Wikileaks last month, it was revealed that yet another abysmally high donation from a foreign donor was made to the Clinton Foundation. This week the foundation confirmed it accepted a US$1 million gift from Qatar while Clinton was U.S. secretary of state — without informing the State Department.
The acceptance was made despite her promise to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interests.
Qatar, with its malevolent record on human rights, pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.
Clinton had signed an ethics agreement governing her family’s globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.
What an election! Ms. Deplorable versus Mr. Despicable.
The system is broken, and we couldn’t vote for either one [more on that tomorrow].
But the Clintons come close to matching The Donald in their sheer sense of privilege and unselfconscious hubris.
How long are we going to settle for choice between the lesser of two evils?