Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Promised to Disclose Foundation Donors, But Didn't

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Reuters reports on even more information that Hillary Clinton has kept private; this time it's the names of donors to the Clinton foundation that she promised to release in full, but didn't.

From a major report this afternoon: 

In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.

At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. But in a breach of the pledge, the charity's flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found.

In response to questions from Reuters, officials at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the foundation confirmed no complete list of donors to the Clintons' charities has been published since 2010. CHAI was spun off as a separate legal entity that year, but the officials acknowledged it still remains subject to the same disclosure agreement as the foundation. 

The specifics spelled out in the Reuters story are complicated, as if often the case with these sorts of stories. But it's the bigger picture that makes an impression. 

Combine this with the story about Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email on a private server during her time at the State Department, and you have a portrait developing of someone who is secretive and unwilling to comply with basic tests of political transparency and who resists full oversight or disclosure, even when promising not to. It's not a great image for Clinton, and it's probably not too surprising that, as all of this rolls out, support for her is dropping amongst Democrats. 

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  1. I don’t want to jump to any brash conclusions here, but Hillary might have some ethics and accountability issues that could tarnish her future political prospects.

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  2. “you have a portrait developing of someone who is secretive and unwilling to comply with basic tests of political transparency and who resists full oversight or disclosure, even when promising not to.”

    Yeah, what else is new? She’s the same scumbag she’s always been.

    1. someone who is secretive and unwilling to comply with basic tests of political transparency and who resists full oversight or disclosure, even when promising not to

      But enough about Obama. Is Hillary likely to be better or worse?

  3. you have a portrait developing of someone who is secretive and unwilling to comply with basic tests of political transparency and who resists full oversight or disclosure, even when promising not to.

    Sounds a lot like our current president, and Democrats are fine with him.

  4. This Hillary business is starting to get more fun than I expected. Bring on the clowns!

    1. I didn’t think she’d be this ill-prepared for the rubber to meet the road. I have heard from far-left feminist women telling me they are done with her already, which I thought would never happen.

      I’m beginning to wonder if she really wants to do this at all.

      1. Oh, I think she wants it. I just think she’s actually this incompetent. I also thinks she thinks she “deserves” it and that why it seems like she’s not trying…because she isn’t. She thinks it should just be handed to her, because it’s her turn.

        1. “Are You Ready, Hillary?”

        2. I think she wants to “be” President (much like Obama). Neither has the slightest interest in actually doing anything as President, other than dispensing favors to cronies.

          The difference with Obama is he loves, loves, loves campaigning. The ego strokes are just too much for this narcissist to resist.

          Hillary hates campaigning. I suspect because campaigning means she has to let the little people breathe on her, and she just can’t stand that.

          1. That makes sense. Hillary didn’t really do anything as Sec of State, and I don’t remember there being any big senatorial accomplishments either (just like Barry!), so if she does indeed want the job she sure as shit doesn’t want to do anything once she gets it.

            The worst part is that she is still probably going to get the nom and will probably win too.

            1. Remember the lead bullet point on her tenure as SecState: she set a record for flying an incredible number of miles!

              That’s not an accomplishment. That’s somebody “being” SecState just as hard as she can.

              1. I think it was Carly Fiorina who said Hillary has activities, not accomplishments.

                I try not to get too depressed about politics, but if Hillary becomes president, the country might never recover. It might recover from Obama, but from Obama plus Hillary? I have doubts. We’ll be a bigger version of Argentina before you know it.

        3. The most striking thing about all of this isn’t that she’s corrupt and secretive and paranoid and so forth – anyone paying attention knew that already.

          It’s that someone who’s been running for President for 25 years is so staggeringly unprepared. And my feeling is that, yeah, she figured the nomination – if not the election – was just going to be handed to her, so there was no need to actually, you know, get her shit together.

          1. “It’s that someone who’s been running for President for 25 years is so staggeringly unprepared.”

            Wonderful phrase and as mentioned above (and by me), she has an absolute desire for the power of the presidency and the outrageous hubris to presume it will be handed to her.

    2. I’ve thought for quite a while now there’s no way Hillary Clinton gets her party’s nomination. Now, I’m wondering if she will even make it to the Iowa caucus. She’s crafty enough to figure out, if she gets in a televised debate early on, members of her own party will take turns ripping her apart. There’s just too much new material. It would turn into a celebrity roast with Clinton as the guest of honor. Why go through that? She may stand a better chance to sit it out for a while and see if she can’t get herself a VP nod from a less poisonous candidate.

  5. The donor list was personal email and hence deleted, DUH!

  6. the charity’s flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010

    CHAI was spun off as a separate legal entity that year, but the officials acknowledged it still remains subject to the same disclosure agreement as the foundation

    “Like, it’s on the to-do list, man, you act like 5 years is a long time or something, jeez, get off my back.”

  7. Hilldog will keep all her 2008 promises when the dude she made pledge to keeps his.

  8. Perhaps the term “promise” has a meaning to (D) presidents and presidential hopefuls that simply isn’t available to the rest of us.
    Or perhaps they are lying pieces of crap.

  9. This is considerably more important than her email scandal. Which probably means nobody will pay attention to it.

  10. “Don’t you think she looks tired?”

    1. You’d be tired, too… carrying that huge ass around.

      1. You mean Bill?

  11. “In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.”

    In 2008, Hillary horse-traded her way into being the Secretary of State by agreeing to drop her campaign for the Democratic nomination. Obama agreed to that, so he could move his pitch to the center without worrying about Hillary making a play for the Democratic nomination from his left.

    If anybody thinks that deal wasn’t going through because Hillary didn’t follow through on her other promises, they’re being naive.

  12. She’s so phony and screechy.

    1. And yet, at least 40% of the electorate will vote for her. She could stomp kittens to death on live TV and not lose much of the vote. Politics is the mindkiller.

    2. And that’s why 57% of Americans would be proud to have her as president.

  13. Is anyone really surprised that the Clintons lied? Both have lied about so many things so often that for most people they are only surprised when they don’t lie. It is easy to assume the reason for stopping the disclosures is they were accepting donations which were clearly conflicts of interest but justified them because of the “greater good”. Hillary in the WH is dangerous not only because she lies, but because she believes she is above the law and justifies her actions by claiming they are “what is best for everyone”. The danger is her arrogance to think she knows what is best for everyone. Obama is a narcissist which is why he is dangerous, but he pales in comparison to the danger Hillary poses to the country.

  14. Is it just me, or is the media slowly starting to realize that if they continue to support Hillary, their access to information may actually be worse than it is under Obama? It seems weird, the number of media outlets willing to throw the old bag under the bus.

    Of course, if there’s one thing I do know, any time the media starts coming to their senses, they knock that shit off right quick.

  15. Also someone who will say the right things about disclosure and then not actually engage in disclosure, because she knows her scumbag followers only care about the right things being said, and will label any attempt to hold her to account for non-performance as “sexist bullying”.

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