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Friends Received Money From Clinton Charity

Friends Received Money From Clinton Charity

Friends with benefits

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Clinton Global Initiative provided $2 million to a for-profit company partially owned by close friends of the family.

Scott Kleeb, who “twice ran for Congress” as a Democrat, founded Energy Pioneer Solutions in 2009. A document showed other friends of the Clintons also own the company:

An internal document from that year showed it as owned 29% by Mr. Kleeb; 29% by Jane Eckert, the owner of an art gallery in Pine Plains, N.Y.; and 29% by Julie Tauber McMahon of Chappaqua, N.Y., a close friend of Mr. Clinton, who also lives in Chappaqua.

Owning 5% each were Democratic National Committee treasurer Andrew Tobias and Mark Weiner, a supplier to political campaigns and former Rhode Island Democratic chairman, both longtime friends of the Clintons.

Tobias spoke with the Journal through email:

“With my modest initial investment, I wound up owning a small percentage of the company. It grew, because ultimately, between loans and equity investments, I’ve wound up putting a little more than $1 million into this effort.”

President Bill Clinton insisted the donation take place at a September 2010 conference.

He also recommended the company “to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu for a federal grant that year.” Chu claims he does not remember a conversation with President Clinton about the grant. However, Energy Pioneer Solutions received $812,000 from the government under the plan “to insulate people’s homes and let them pay via their utility bills.” The Journal continued:

The Clinton Global Initiative’s help for a for-profit company part-owned by Clinton friends poses a different issue. Under federal law, tax-exempt charitable organizations aren’t supposed to act in anyone’s private interest but instead in the public interest, on broad issues such as education or poverty.

“The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests,” the Internal Revenue Service says on its website.

Records showed Energy Pioneer Solutions “lost more than $300,000 in 2010 and another $300,000 in the first half of 2011.” Kleeb claimed these “losses are common” when a company begins, but the documents also claim an “audit found deficiencies in how the company accounted for expenses paid with federal grant money.”

Despite Kleeb’s explanations, he has “laid off most of his staff, closed his offices, sold a fleet of trucks and changed his business strategy, promising to launch a national effort instead.”

The Clinton Global Initiative has received “criticism this political season” since governments and corporations donated to the foundation when Hillary Clinton, now the leading Democrat presidential candidate, served as secretary of state. Some believe this could affect “decisions she would make as president.”


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I just had to chime in on the subheadline.

Being a “friend with benefit” to someone with that face is not really a benefit. Sorry to annoy those people who hate people picking on women’s faces.

PS I’m sure the other parts aren’t that enticing either. Except maybe to Huma.

I just wish somebody would ask Harry Reid about the difference between Alan Grayson’s antics and the way the Clinton foundation is run. Just so we all know the ethical distinctions.

    JasonJay in reply to Valerie. | May 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      JasonJay in reply to JasonJay. | May 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      The Foundation may be the only truly good thing of value to society the Clintons have done in their lives, but it is a substantial good. And who gives a damn if a small percentage of the money comes from dubious sources like the Saudis, and an even smaller insignificient part goes to companies owned by friends of the Clintons as long as they do the charitable work they’re hired to do conscientiously..

      This nitpicking bs is the reason the Republican Party Is disintegrating before your eyes; the reason both parties have become psychotic. The only thing the asshole character assignation from both the Left and the Right accomplishes is to demean public discourse, lower standards of public decorum and deflect us from solving the serious problems facing us now.

        legacyrepublican in reply to JasonJay. | May 13, 2016 at 6:07 am

        Martha Stewart didn’t go to jail because of making a good decision about selling a stock. She went to jail because she sold stock because had inside information that no one else had.

        That is the problem with the Clinton Foundation. It provides inside information to Clinton confidants under the guise of charity, albeit a charity that does much good work with what it gets.

        Think of it this way too. Someone rolls the dice on cattle futures and buys a series of contracts where a contract will either fail or succeed. When one them succeeds, then someone can slap Hillary’s name on it taking money she has deposited with them and make her the winner every time.

        Likewise, in the charitable donations, have the foundation invest in different countries. When one does well and a new market opens up, tell your friends where to invest. Get them government grant money to bolster their investment too.

        To model this, one only need look at the history of the sugar plantations in Hawaii to understand how a charitable organization can be used to enrich a few. Now imagine that model with government backing because of powerful political insiders insuring favor or inside information on whom to talk to and why.

        Although I can’t stand Jimmy Carter’s politics, I applaud his work for Habitat for Humanity because, unlike the Clinton Foundation, Carter is not using it to help a family member secure the presidency because of the good publicity he generates or because of the benefits for friends who can bring in donations for a political campaign.

        And frankly, if the Bush family were to do the same thing with their thousand points of light, I would equally be against them too. That is one of the reasons I felt Jeb should never run.

        Merlin in reply to JasonJay. | May 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

        The FBI’s public corruption investigation, or “review” as Hillary is so fond of putting it, is probing the use of the private charitable foundation as a means of selling government influence. The offshoot public corruption probe came as a result of what was discovered early in the FBI’s investigation, or “review” if you prefer, of Hillary’s private server use for State Department business.

        Pursuing truth and shedding light on flawed character is not character assassination. Covering public corruption with a window dressing of charity does not legally excuse the public corruption no matter how willing the Clinton devotees are to look the other way.

        ConradCA in reply to JasonJay. | May 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

        Clinton sold the favors of her office as SOS in exchange for donations to her foundation and payments for BJ Clinton’s speeches. In exchange for her acquiescence to their purchase of a US uranium mining company a Russian company donated $145 million and paid BJ Clinton, her husband, nearly a million dollars. As SOS she should have refused to accept money or donations from those with business before the State Dept.

      tmiker in reply to JasonJay. | May 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Ha, the paid Hillary trolls are real! This should be a good thread.

For $2 Million I would have slept with Bill Clinton!

And the Clinton Global Initiative happens to meet in New York at the same time the United Nations General Assembly is meeting.

So all those people are in town, and they go back and forth to the Clinton Global Initiative, wherever it’s being held, to the United Nations General Assembly building.
And let us not forget chelsea “I can’t find it in myself to care about money” clinton. Living in her $10 million apartment, her $3 million dollar wedding and her “job” at NBC which paid her $600k she just can’t care about money, the poor little thing.
Apparently her husband doesn’t care about other people’s money. He lost 90% of their money in the fund he started thinking Greece would rebound.

    JasonJay in reply to 4fun. | May 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    The Clinton Global Initiative meets in New York at the same time the United Nations General Assembly is meeting? I’m shocked to hear Global initiative meetings would be scheduled at a time Global leaders are in town! That is sinister, truly sinister, like hearing the yearly Official NFL Players Super Bowl Party is held in the same city at the same time as the Super Bowl!!!

    Does Rush have any info on how much government influence the Clintons peddled in return for donations to their foundation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nationale Postcode Loterij, the charity lottery in the Netherlands, who have been the two largest donors of grant money over the years, in the $25 million range… ?

    Also Elton John is among the top Foundation donors — I’m sure without the Clintons he would be deprived of access to Government contracts and and information crucial to his AIDS Charity..

    And do me a favor: keep an ear open to let me know who Rush thinks is more likely to leverage the presidency to enormous personal financial gain – Hillary or Donald?