This just in from Reason: The Clinton Foundation Was Clearly an Avenue of Access to Hillary. Well, no shit. Excerpt:
This is what “wrong within normal parameters” looks like in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press reports today that more than half of the non-government folks who met with Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state gave donations to the Clinton Foundation.
The AP counts 85 out 154 people who either had meetings or phone conversations with Clinton as either donating themselves or through companies and groups. And this isn’t chump change either. The total to the foundation from these people: $156 million. Here’s what the AP found:
Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton’s help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm’s corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.
The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.
The latest round of released emails prompted accusations of “pay to play” at the State Department. The response has been that providing “access” is not the same as actually providing “favors.” The problem with such an argument is that “access” is in itself a favor. It’s not like any of us proletarians could have gotten a meeting with Clinton.
Of course, this is nothing new for the Clintons; this kind of thing dates back to Bill’s tenure in the White House and his offering of the Lincoln Bedroom for donations.
What’s interesting is the resignation of Paul Manafort from The Donald’s campaign after it was revealed that he worked with (as in, lobbied for) Russian interests. The legacy media made much of Manafort’s peccadilloes and his acceptance of Russian money, but there is scarcely a peep about Her Imperial Highness’s signing over a significant portion of American uranium production to a Russian company, never mind what quid pro quo may have been offered.
What’s worse, there’s no reason to suspect she’ll do anything but ramp the sales up once she is ensconced in the Imperial Mansion.
We’ve known for a long time what Her Imperial Majesty Hillary is. Now we’re just getting a look at her price.