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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reverse Robin Hood: Bill and Hillary Took $11 Million from Charities For Their Own Purposes

What's the big deal? Dems like Bill and Hillary always think they know better what to do with your money than you do. Even if it's a charity!

Bill and Hillary Clinton have long been supportive of charity. Going back to the days when Bill was Governor of Arkansas, they deducted $2 from their tax return for the donation of used underwear to charity. Not exactly in the same league of Monica's Blue Dress (whereabouts unknown) perhaps the charity should have held onto the undergarments for a later auction.

Since leaving office Bill and Hillary have maintained their support of charity. This time with a higher price tag. From Politico:
When Condoleezza Rice headlined a 2009 fundraising luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, she collected a $60,000 speaking fee, then donated almost all of it back to the club, according to multiple sources familiar with the club’s finances.

Hillary Clinton was not so generous to the small charity, which provides after-school programs to underprivileged children across the Southern California city. Clinton collected $200,000 to speak at the same event five years later, but she donated nothing back to the club, which raised less than half as much from Clinton’s appearance as from Rice’s, according to the sources and tax filings.

Instead, Clinton steered her speaking fee to her family’s own sprawling $2 billion charity.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which has come under scrutiny for its fundraising and fiscal management, has taken in as much as $11.7 million in payments from other nonprofit groups. The money was paid for speeches given by Hillary Clinton; her husband, the former president; and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, since the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency in 2001, according to a POLITICO analysis of a list of speeches voluntarily released last month by the foundation.

The groups range from smaller charities like Long Beach’s Boys and Girls Club and an AIDS service provider, Chicago House, to public policy advocacy groups, large universities and trade associations.
Another example comes from 2014 where Bill Clinton was awarded a "lifetime achievement award" from the Happy Hearts Fund which builds schools in areas ravaged by natural disasters. The presentation took place at a fundraiser in New York City where Bill Clinton insisted on a $500,000 speaking fee.

The Clinton's defend this greed by suggesting that it enables the Clinton Foundation to do good works for similar groups. But only after the Clinton's take their cut. Imagine the media hell if ANY Republican did the same thing!

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