Looks as if the Clinton Foundation was used to enrich Chelsea and her husband

WikiLeaks has released an email from Doug Band, the former Clinton body man who rose to bag man, claiming by implication that Chelsea Clinton committed a felony by appropriating charitable funds for her personal gain.  If the IRS is not blatantly corrupt and these charges are true, the Foundation loses its tax-exempt status, and probably American donors must pay taxes on their donations.

 Former President Bill Clinton’s top aide wrote in 2012 that Chelsea Clinton used Clinton Foundation resources “for her wedding and life for a decade” and a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” unfavorable press coverage – all as an internal Foundation audit uncovered numerous conflicts of interest and “quid pro quo benefits,” according to emails released Sunday by WikiLeaks.

Doug Band, founder of global strategies company Teneo and Bill Clinton’s personal assistant since the 1990s, wrote the Jan. 4, 2012, email to future Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chair John Podesta and two other Clinton aides after receiving word that Chelsea had told “one of the [President] bush 43 kids” and others about “an internal investigation of money within the foundation.” Band wrote such chatter was “not smart.”

“The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents….,” Band wrote. “I hope that you will speak to her and end this[.] Once we go down this road….”

If this isn’t blackmail, what is it?  Not gossip.

The idea of the child of a politician paying for a lavish wedding with money stolen from taxpayers (the donors’ tax deductions denied funds to the Treasury) just reeks of a banana republic.  And by the way, who paid for the 10-million-dollar apartment in Manhattan?  What accomplishments enabled Chelsea an her husband Mark to afford such dreamy digs?

Maybe this?  Kenneth Vogel writes at Politico:

Chelsea Clinton’s husband used his connections to the Clinton family and their charitable foundation to raise money for his hedge fund, according to an allegation by a longtime Clinton aide made public Sunday in hacked documents released by WikiLeaks.

Marc Mezvinsky extended invitations to a Clinton Foundation poker event to rich Clinton supporters he was courting as investors in his hedge fund, and he also relied on a billionaire foundation donor to raise money for the fund, according to the WikiLeaks documents. They also assert that he had his wife Chelsea Clinton make calls to set up meetings with potential investors who support her family’s political and charitable endeavors.

To paraphrase Mel Brooks: It’s good to be in the ruling class.

Once again, the claim comes in emails from Doug Band.  He strikes me as the sort of guy an honest A.G. might strike a deal with, conditioned on him singing like a bird.

There’s only one way that will happen, and tomorrow is the decision point.

WikiLeaks has released an email from Doug Band, the former Clinton body man who rose to bag man, claiming by implication that Chelsea Clinton committed a felony by appropriating charitable funds for her personal gain.  If the IRS is not blatantly corrupt and these charges are true, the Foundation loses its tax-exempt status, and probably American donors must pay taxes on their donations.

 Former President Bill Clinton’s top aide wrote in 2012 that Chelsea Clinton used Clinton Foundation resources “for her wedding and life for a decade” and a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” unfavorable press coverage – all as an internal Foundation audit uncovered numerous conflicts of interest and “quid pro quo benefits,” according to emails released Sunday by WikiLeaks.

Doug Band, founder of global strategies company Teneo and Bill Clinton’s personal assistant since the 1990s, wrote the Jan. 4, 2012, email to future Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chair John Podesta and two other Clinton aides after receiving word that Chelsea had told “one of the [President] bush 43 kids” and others about “an internal investigation of money within the foundation.” Band wrote such chatter was “not smart.”

“The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents….,” Band wrote. “I hope that you will speak to her and end this[.] Once we go down this road….”

If this isn’t blackmail, what is it?  Not gossip.

The idea of the child of a politician paying for a lavish wedding with money stolen from taxpayers (the donors’ tax deductions denied funds to the Treasury) just reeks of a banana republic.  And by the way, who paid for the 10-million-dollar apartment in Manhattan?  What accomplishments enabled Chelsea an her husband Mark to afford such dreamy digs?

Maybe this?  Kenneth Vogel writes at Politico:

Chelsea Clinton’s husband used his connections to the Clinton family and their charitable foundation to raise money for his hedge fund, according to an allegation by a longtime Clinton aide made public Sunday in hacked documents released by WikiLeaks.

Marc Mezvinsky extended invitations to a Clinton Foundation poker event to rich Clinton supporters he was courting as investors in his hedge fund, and he also relied on a billionaire foundation donor to raise money for the fund, according to the WikiLeaks documents. They also assert that he had his wife Chelsea Clinton make calls to set up meetings with potential investors who support her family’s political and charitable endeavors.

To paraphrase Mel Brooks: It’s good to be in the ruling class.

Once again, the claim comes in emails from Doug Band.  He strikes me as the sort of guy an honest A.G. might strike a deal with, conditioned on him singing like a bird.

There’s only one way that will happen, and tomorrow is the decision point.