In a previous blog I wrote that, whatever else you could say about The Clinton Foundation, it does good charitable work around the world.
And that is true….if you ignore the fact that 85% of the money donated to it never gets to the people it is supposed to help.
From Sean Davis\’s illuminating – and devastating – article for thefederalist.com, issued on March 2:
The official Team Clinton defense is that this whole thing is no big deal because the Clinton Foundation uses all that money to save lives, and who doesn’t want to save lives?
“As with other global charities, we rely on the support of individuals, organizations, corporations and governments who have the shared goal of addressing critical global challenges in a meaningful way,” said the spokesman, Craig Minassian. “When anyone contributes to the Clinton Foundation, it goes towards foundation programs that help save lives.”
If only that were true. When anyone contributes to the Clinton Foundation, it actually goes toward fat salaries, administrative bloat, and lavish travel.
Between 2009 and 2012, the Clinton Foundation raised over $500 million dollars according to a review of IRS documents by The Federalist (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). A measly 15 percent of that, or $75 million, went towards programmatic grants. More than $25 million went to fund travel expenses. Nearly $110 million went toward employee salaries and benefits. And a whopping $290 million during that period – nearly 60 percent of all money raised – was classified merely as “other expenses.” Official IRS forms do not list cigar or dry-cleaning expenses as a specific line item. The Clinton Foundation may well be saving lives, but it seems odd that the costs of so many life-saving activities would be classified by the organization itself as just random, miscellaneous expenses.
Can you even believe your eyes?
-$25 million – that\’s $6.25 million a year – for travel? Where were they going? To the moon?
-$110 million – that\’s $27.5 million a year, for salaries and benefits? Who did they hire? The Gates family? The Zuckerbergs?
-And $290 million – $72.5 million a year; almost the entire total spent on on charitable causes for the entire four years – on “other expenses”? WHAT other expenses? That not only is ridiculous, it is depraved. What are they hiding that they don\’t want us to see?
Now a reading comprehension quiz: Do you remember when this article was published?
Let me help you out: the date was March 2 – over a month and a half ago.
Another quiz question: how many media reports have you seen on this beyond-incredible use of foundation money in the mainstream media – i.e. network news and major newspapers? Any at all?
Is this the same media that did months of non-stop coverage of a couple of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge – which, it turned out, the object of their witch hunt, New Jersey\’s Republican Governor Chris Christie, was exonerated of by the Department of Justice (which, you can bet, tried everything they could to nail him for it)?
Is this the same media that quickly and happily – even giddily – reported Harry Reid\’s overt lie that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years…..and then barely mentioned the fact that, just last week, he essentially admitted he had lied at the time?
I talk a lot about media bias in here. This is why.
I also talk a lot about why the the only way Hillary and Bill Clinton should ever get near the White House again is on a guided tour. If what you just read about their “foundation doesn\’t show you why, I doubt that anything else will either.