May
27
2015
9

Clinton Foundation finds itself drawn into FIFA soccer corruption scandal.

Short version, because this a soccer scandal: FIFA is the Grand Poobah of soccer.  They just indicted a remarkable bunch of higher-ups in it for endemic corruption, bribery, and general chicanery over World Cup bids.  This is genuinely a Big Deal for pretty much the rest of the world, not least because FIFA’s been smelling for decades now.

But now to the important bit: which is to say, its effect on American domestic politics. I’d like to make it clear that I was joking this morning on Twitter by speculating on FIFA’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation; I didn’t really expect to have that confirmed.  Silly, silly me.  I should have known better, really. Reality is always going to win these things: (more…)

May
12
2015
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People may very well get numb over the Clinton Foundation thing.

Raise your hand if you’re shocked: “High-dollar donors to Hillary Clinton’s family foundation have hosted the majority of the Democratic presidential candidate’s early fundraisers, data compiled by political spending watchdogs reveal.” …Really? You are? I’m envious, honestly.  I almost don’t want to threaten your enviable innocence and goodhearted nature further by showing you more tawdry political escapades.

But, let’s be honest. This is not a failure of the system. It is the system.  This is why the Clinton Foundation exists. Yippie…

May
11
2015
5

Thousand Cuts Watch: the amusing fight between the Clinton Foundation and Charity Navigator.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Another day, another scalp wound for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Sorry if that particular image is a bit much, but it’s a good analogy for what’s happening to Hillary Clinton with regard to the Clinton Foundation. To wit: scalp wounds bleed a lot and look as messy as all get-out, but if you can stop the blood loss there aren’t many long-term consequences.

If.
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Apr
23
2015
6

Hillary Clinton and the Russian donors who then bought up American uranium production.

The first of many shoes has dropped in relation to the Clinton Foundation and its donors.  This one is coming to us, courtesy of the New York Times: and it’s a “BOOM goes the dynamite” kind of situation. The keywords are “Clinton Foundation,” “Russians,” “donations,” and “uranium:”

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One [a company responsible for one-fifth of the uranium production in the United States] in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

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Apr
21
2015
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Think Progress inadvertently sums why the Clinton Foundation is problematical.

Obviously, they were trying to debunk. The problem is that… well, it’s that the Clinton Foundation is a pretty suspect shop. There’s no way around it.

Also: I harp on Buzzfeed a lot, but it was pretty helpful of Ben Smith to present this in a nice, concise chunk for later dissemination. I didn’t have to do anything except scoop it out of the box, and onto the plate. Thanks, guys!

Apr
15
2015
3

Clinton Foundation still planning to take money from foreign governments. No, really.

Is this a cry for help? “The board of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments, primarily from six countries, even though Hillary Clinton is running for president, a summary of the new policy to be released Thursday shows.” Do they not WANT Hillary Clinton to be elected President? – Because that foreign money isn’t worth the headache. Or possible eventual conspiracy and/or influence peddling charges.

Oh, what the heck. I’m not going to try to talk them out of this one. Thanks, guys! :sotto voce: Idiots.

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