USA Today report finds companies used The Clinton Foundation to lobby the State Department
USA Today is out with a new report which has found that companies were making donations to The Clinton Foundation before lobbying the State Department, and it just so happens that these companies were using major Clinton fundraisers as their lobbyists.
Here is more:
The nexus among private companies, Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton family foundations is closer and more complex than even Donald Trump has claimed so far.
While it is widely known that some companies and foreign governments gave money to the foundations, perhaps in an effort to gain favor, one of the key parts of the puzzle hasn’t been reported: At least a dozen of those same companies lobbied the State Department, using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers.
Those companies gave as much as $16 million to the Clinton charities. At least four of the lobbyists they hired are “Hillblazers,” the Clinton campaign’s name for supporters who have raised $100,000 or more for her current White House race. Two of the four also raised funds for Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.
USA TODAY reached these conclusions by obtaining federal lobbying data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics for 2009-2013, Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State. Reporters then compared the data with donor lists made public by the Clinton nonprofits and federal campaign financial records.
Here is what the Clinton campaign had to say about this report:
“We have no record of Secretary Clinton meeting with these individuals as Secretary regarding issues they were lobbying on at the time. The fact remains, Hillary Clinton never took action as Secretary of State because of donations to the Clinton Foundation,” her campaign said.
Notice the wording: The statement reads “we have no record” before going on to say Hillary Clinton did not let these donations influence her decisions as Secretary of State. Of course there are no records of any of this, after all there are still 33,000 missing emails which are supposedly about yoga pants and wedding dresses. Hillary Clinton made sure there were no records by using Bleach Bit to destroy government property.
This story is not surprising to anyone who has been following this scandal closely however it is interesting to see USA Today actually report it–a little late than never I suppose…
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