It seems as though we should get used to hearing scandals involving the Clintons, particularly their lucrative Clinton Foundation, in the months leading up to the primaries. Perhaps the power-hungry couple hopes that if enough of their dirty laundry is aired early in the process, voters will forget by the time they step into the voting booth on primary (and perhaps election) day.
The Washington Post broke a story late last night that has D.C. talking, given the fact that not only was cash accepted from foreign governments, it was done against even the Obama administration’s rules.
The new disclosures, provided in response to questions from The Washington Post, make clear that the 2008 agreement did not prohibit foreign countries with interests before the U.S. government from giving money to the charity closely linked to the secretary of state.
In one instance, foundation officials acknowledged they should have sought approval in 2010 from the State Department ethics office, as required by the agreement for new government donors, before accepting a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government.
Some of the donations came from countries with complicated diplomatic, military and financial relationships with the U.S. government, including Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
Other nations that donated included Australia, Norway and the Dominican Republic.
The foundation presents a unique political challenge for Clinton, and one that has already become a cause of concern among Democrats as she prepares to launch an almost-certain second bid for the presidency.
Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments.
Before the Washington Post broke its story my husband, an editor at Commentary Magazine, discussed the Clinton’s acceptance of tons of Qatari cash for speeches while Hillary was Secretary of State,
One thing is for certain: with the Clintons raking in the cash from foreign governments in anticipation of her candidacy, every single Democrat’s accusation of “dark money” and “Koch brothers cash” levied at Republicans should be ignored, without exception. As Kim Strassel wrote, the Clinton Foundation is essentially a super-PAC. And the candidate accepting contributions from Qatar and Saudi Arabia is in no position to lecture anyone on influence peddling and American democracy.
Given the breakneck speed with which these stories are coming to light about the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising proclivities, we should expect to hear more disturbing details in the coming weeks and months. One thing is for sure: Democrats might want to start vetting alternatives and get some fresh blood in the mix.
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