Before seeking presidency, Hillary ran a pay for play scheme
Much has been made in recent weeks of cash contributed by countries and large corporations to the Clinton Foundation in what appears to be favors granted by then Secretary of State Clinton to contributors.
But what of Clinton's actions a decade ago, while she was running for the Senate? Vox has some startling information on Hillary's granting special favors to companies in exchange for contributions not only to the Foundation, but also to Clinton personally.
Almost a decade ago, as Hillary Clinton ran for re-election to the Senate on her way to seeking the presidency for the first time, the New York Times reported on her unusually close relationship with Corning, Inc., an upstate glass titan. Clinton advanced the company's interests, racking up a big assist by getting China to ease a trade barrier. And the firm's mostly Republican executives opened up their wallets for her campaign.
During Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, Corning lobbied the department on a variety of trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The company has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to her family's foundation. And, last July, when it was clear that Clinton would again seek the presidency in 2016, Corning coughed up a $225,500 honorarium for Clinton to speak.
In the laundry-whirl of stories about Clinton buck-raking, it might be easy for that last part to get lost in the wash. But it's the part that matters most. The $225,500 speaking fee didn't go to help disease-stricken kids in an impoverished village on some long-forgotten patch of the planet. Nor did it go to a campaign account. It went to Hillary Clinton. Personally.
The latest episode in the Clinton money saga is different than the others because it involves the clear, direct personal enrichment of Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate, by people who have a lot of money at stake in the outcome of government decisions. Her federally required financial disclosure was released to media late Friday, a time government officials and political candidates have long reserved for dumping news they hope will have a short shelf life.
The list of companies that enriched Mrs. Clinton personally is amazing:
The list, is apparently endless:
And that list, which includes Clinton Foundation donors, is hardly the end of it. There's a solid set of companies and associations that had nothing to do with the foundation but lobbied State while Clinton was there and then paid for her to speak to them. Xerox, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, in addition to Corning, all lobbied Clinton's department on trade matters and then invited her to earn an easy check.
The difference between these revelations and previous ones is that this is money that personally enriched the Clinton's - a clear pay for play scheme that raises serious questions of ethics and morality about Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.
The source of this information is even more surprising. Vox is a solidly left wing website that can usually be counted on to parrot the Democratic party line on almost everything. The fact that they've gone out of their way to produce a hit piece on the Democratic front runner might indicate that many on the left don't see her as so inevitable after all.