My congratulations to the New York Times for publishing Debra Sontag\’s article, which exposes how the Clinton Foundation extracts money from charities, while pretending to be doing the charitable work so little of the foundation\’s money actually goes to.
A few key excerpts:
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.
The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening\’s net proceeds – enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.
Happy Hearts\’ former executive director believes the transaction was a quid pro quo, which rerouted donations intended for a small charity with the concrete mission of rebuilding schools after natural disasters to a large foundation with a broader agenda and a budget 100 times bigger.
“The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium,” said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other issues.
Never publicly disclosed, the episode provides a window into the way the Clinton Foundation relies on the Clintons\’ prestige to amass donors large and small, offering the prospect, as described in the foundation\’s annual report, of lucrative global connections and participation in a worldwide mission to “unlock human potential” through “the power of creative collaboration.”
“This is primarily a small but telling example of the way the Clintons operate,” said Doug White, who directs the master\’s program in fund-raising management at Columbia University. “The model has responsibility; she paid a high price for a feel-good moment with Bill Clinton. But he was riding the back of this small charity for what? A half-million bucks? I find it – what would be the word? – distasteful.”
Hand a Clinton enough $$$ and he or she will do you a favor and show up. But at least the money goes for good works, right?
From 2009 – 2012 the Clinton Foundation amassed about $500 million dollars…and spent all of $75 million on charitable works. That\’s a whopping 15%.
And in 2013? The percentage dropped to 10%.
The stench from this so-called “Foundation” is unbearable. So much so that even the Clinton-loving New York Times can’t take it anymore.
When do the rest of mainstream media demand – not ask for politely after being ignored for a month and a half, but demand – an explanation from the currently (but maybe not for long) presumptive Democrat candidate for President?
Or do they have about the same percentage of journalistic integrity that the Clinton Foundation gives out in charitable grants?