Video: Pay-for-play at Clinton Foundation for Haiti relief?
posted at 3:21 pm on April 24, 2015 by Ed Morrissey
It’s not the first time this allegation has arisen. A month ago, the Washington Post did some digging on the Clinton Foundation’s operations in Haiti and found evidence that the Clintons were more interested in making money for themselves and their cronies than in helping the Haitians. They put money in fancy hotels and business parks, and Hillary’s brother mysteriously appeared as one of the principals in a gold-mine operation. The Post acknowledged that author Peter Schweizer dug up that nugget, about which Bill Clinton claimed ignorance:
Controversy surrounding the Clintons only deepened with the recent revelation, contained in an upcoming book by Peter Schweizer, that Tony Rodham — Hillary Clinton’s younger brother — serves on the advisory board of a U.S.-based company that in 2012 won one of Haiti’s first two gold-mining permits in 50 years. After objection from the Haitian Senate, the permits have been placed on hold.
“Neither Bill Clinton nor the brother of Hillary Clinton are individuals who share the interests of the Haitian people,” said Samuel Nesner, an anti-mining activist who thinks mining poses great environmental risks and will mainly benefit foreign investors. “They are part of the elite class who are operating to exploit the Haitian people.”
Clinton Foundation officials said Bill Clinton had been unaware of Rodham’s involvement in the mine project. A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said she does not know the chief executive of the mine.
According to Fox News, the book Clinton Cash by Schweizer will have even more evidence of quid pro quo when it comes out in ten days (via Daniel Halper):
“Another bombshell set to drop on the growing scandal surrounding the Clintons. Fox News now learning about a direct connection between money flowing to the Clinton Foundation and the effort to rebuild a devastated Haiti in 2010,” said host Bill Hemmer.
“So both Hillary and Bill Clinton were on the ground in Haiti just days after that massive earthquake rocked that country. But the author of Clinton Cash is now claiming that to get one of the lucrative contracts to rebuild the country, you just had to have a ‘relationship with the Clintons,” host Martha MacCallum added.
This suggests that Schweizer found something more significant than the Tony Rodham gold-mine deal, or that perhaps it’s been further substantiated. The Washington Post report only has that as a true influence-peddling possibility in its story on Haiti, although the funding of all those high-end hotels and business parks certainly gives the impression that the Clintons were more interested in making their friends happy than with rebuilding Haiti for Haitians. If the Clinton Foundation acted to influence Haitian contracting on behalf of their contributors, which is what this appears to report, then it’s yet another level of corruption — but not the deepest or worst level, to be sure.
Michael Ramirez gives us a look at the real foundation of the Clinton Foundation for Investors Business Daily. It’s a pretty crooked enterprise:
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