Newly released financial records show a stunning plunge in donations made to the Clinton Foundation following Hillary’s 2016 defeat to Donald Trump; raising new questions over allegations of “pay-to-play” schemes within the organization.
“Newly released tax documents showing a plunge in Clinton Foundation donations after Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election defeat have fueled long-standing Republican allegations of possible ‘pay-to-play’ transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation issues,” writes Fox News.
The filings show the Clinton Foundation took-in a whopping $62.9 million in 2016 but just $26 million the following year; a 58% decline.
According to the New York Post, representatives from the organization say the “drop in revenue” was a direct result of “restructuring” and an intentional “wind-down” following the 2016 presidential election.
“The remarkable significance of the drop in Clinton foundation donations raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows said in a statement to Fox News. “Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers–and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.”
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ICYMI: PAY TO PLAY: FBI Informant CLAIMS Russians WIRED MONEY to INFLUENCE CLINTONS
The FBI informant at the heart of Hillary Clinton’s widening Uranium One scandal is opening-up about the Obama administration’s shady deal; saying senior Russian businessmen wired money to the US to buy influence with Hillary Clinton’s State Department, reports the Hill.
The bureau’s inside man levied his bombshell accusation this week; claiming Moscow “routed millions of dollars” to the United States with the “expectation it would be used” to help Clinton’s charity organization and buy influence with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In a letter to Congressional leaders, the informant claims that Russian executives “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.”
APCO refers to APCO Worldwide, an American-based lobbying firm working on behalf of Russian authorities.
“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement,” added the inside man.
The bombshell accusation raises new questions over how and why the Obama administration approved the controversial agreement; despite warnings from the FBI that Russian agents were seeking to infiltrate America’s nuclear industry.
h/t The Hill
BEER BOYCOTT? Mass. Mayor Urges BOYCOTT of Sam Adams After Founder PRAISED TRUMP
The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts called for a public boycott of the Sam Adams brewery this week, slamming founder Jim Koch after he said the President’s tax cuts helped his company compete with international corporations in a highly-competitive market.
Mayor Joseph Curtatone called for the boycott of one of the region’s largest employers after Koch praised Trump during a meeting at the White House, saying the GOP tax cuts were helping his company “kick a**.”
“Hey Jim Koch! While you were thanking Trump for your tax break, did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigration enforcement policy? @SamuelAdamsBeer,” tweeted the mayor.
Hey Jim Koch! While you were thanking Trump for your tax break, did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigration enforcement policy? @SamuelAdamsBeer https://t.co/UCywb9I7xE
— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 12, 2018
“I mean, Americans — I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent market share. We were paying 38 percent taxes … and competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their a**,” Koch said at the dinner.
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