Pelosi: Yeah, Hillary’s going to have to explain the Clinton Foundation shenanigans

posted at 10:01 am on May 30, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

True enough — but one gets the sense that Nancy Pelosi still remains very open to whatever explanation Hillary Clinton will offer … once a reporter gets to really press her on the Clinton Foundation scandals. This exchange is notable both for Pelosi’s response and the venue in which it’s demanded. Pelosi got grilled on MSNBC, not Fox or CNN, with Thomas Roberts pressing in extensive detail and full context the sordid payoff from a charity trying to raise money to build schools in impoverished nations. “The Clintons will have to answer for the foundation,” Pelosi responds, but then promptly tries to rationalize the greed away:

Well, the Clintons will have to answer for the foundation. But I would imagine that President Clinton’s participation in that event increased the take, and the money spent at the foundation is for a very good cause as well. So it was sort of, uh, everyone benefited from it. But there’s no question it raises questions that they’ll have to answer.

Pelosi’s rationalization won’t hold much water. Deborah Sontag’s article in the New York Times makes it clear that Pelosi’s speculation is simply untrue. “But the Happy Hearts Fund raised less money at the gala featuring Mr. Clinton than it did at its previous one,” Sontag reported, on top of which Clinton ended up taking 20% of the gross with his “honorarium.” Sounds like a bad investment, no?

By the way, Nemcova isn’t a blameless victim in this either. She wanted to rub elbows with the Clintons, and shoveled money out of her charity and away from the children she’s trying to help in doing so. What charity pays someone a half-million dollars to accept an award? Shouldn’t the awards go to those who give money to the charity?

This spin attempt from Pelosi misses the real issue anyway. The Clintons pose as philanthropists, but their charitable efforts appear aimed primarily at themselves and their political aspirations. Pelosi tells Roberts that “the money spent at the foundation is for a very good cause,” but their pass-through rate in 2013 was a scandalous 6.4%, and during Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State it averaged somewhere around 15%. At least 60% of the foundation’s income goes to pay administrative costs, and in at least one year they spent as much on private and first-class air travel as they did in programmatic grants. Charity Navigator finally put the foundation on its watch list because of their financial structure, which with any other charitable organization would result in investigations, not hosannas from the House Minority Leader.

This was nothing but greed and vainglory, two of the enduring qualities of both Clintons. And it’s gotten so bad that even MSNBC has noticed the stink.


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it raises questions that they’ll have to answer.

May force the candidate to ‘take’ questions? Not for the ‘Imperial’ Clintons.

socalcon on May 30, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Broken clock.

CW on May 30, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Is there any prominent D in this country who does not lie through their teeth…?

NeoKong on May 30, 2015 at 10:17 AM

We must elect her to find out what is in her….

Eeeewwwww!!

Electrongod on May 30, 2015 at 10:17 AM

That “Smile” in the picture and in the video is really tough to look at. She is trying to smile, but her face is so frozen it looks like she is frowning.

Right after the surgery/Botox, I bet she made that same face to the doctor, and said to him “Am I happy? Am I… am I happy?”

Washington Fancy on May 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

That “Smile” in the picture and in the video is really tough to look at. She is trying to smile, but her face is so frozen it looks like she is frowning.

Right after the surgery/Botox, I am sure that she made that same face to the doctor, and said to him “Am I happy? Am I… am I happy?”

Washington Fancy on May 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Tell it to the judge, Hillary.

fossten on May 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

“No question, it raises questions that they’ll have to answer.”

Translation from Collectivese:

“We must nominate Marxist freak Elizabeth Warren.”

Star Bird on May 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

In my thinking Pelosi has a lot to explain too. Martha Stewart served time in prison for less than what Pelosi has done to enrich herself and her husband.

RayNAiken on May 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

I still don’t understand all the fuss. After all it is correctly named the Clinton Foundation and one would expect it to be of benefit to those two people after all them years of public services.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Yeah – and no matter what the explanation is all is A-OK and we will stand arm in arm – and you guys are all haters and women-haters.

Alibali on May 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

People who blindly support Hillary are the moral equivalent of Nigerian email scam victims.

The greater the extent to which a Nigerian email scam victim is victimized, the less willing he is to admit that he was conned.

So it is with Hillary supporters.

The more they realize they’ve been conned by Hillary, the less willing they are to admit that they’re fools.

In fact, the most rabid Hillary fans are actually the ones who see the clearest how corrupt and vile and debauched Hillary is, but can never let you know they agree with you that she’s too venal and incompetent to be president because to do so would be to let you know how stupid they are for having been tricked.

FlameWarrior on May 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM

And it’s gotten so bad that even MSNBC has noticed the stink.

They’ll get over it p.d.q..

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2015 at 10:48 AM

…once a reporter gets to really press her on the Clinton Foundation scandals.

Please…I’d be surprised if a reporter was able to ask her what flavor ice cream she likes best.

JetBoy on May 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM

The disappearance of information on her private server bothers me more… Just sayin’.

Fallon on May 30, 2015 at 10:58 AM

The one piece of information I get from this is that Pelosi and the Democrat establishment have severed political ties with the Clintons. They either don’t think she can win or don’t want her to win. And I don’t think it’s Warren they want, but another leftist, like Deval Patrick.

virgo on May 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM

So it was sort of, uh, everyone benefited from it.

More spreading the wealth from a famous libturd.

Kissmygrits on May 30, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Why isn’t the government investigating the Hillary Clintion/Clinton Foundation influence peddling, bribes to Clinton Foundation for favors from the US Government?

albill on May 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Just as Pelosi as a Catholic needs to explain her support for Abortion.

Basilsbest on May 30, 2015 at 11:27 AM

the clintons should be indicted, and the Clinton foundation closed.

It is beyond ridiculous that she is running for president and that anyone is taking her seriously.

AprilApple on May 30, 2015 at 11:29 AM

It doesn’t raise questions, it answers them. The questions were Why Do the Clintons Seem so Corrupt and Shady as People?

These revelations answer that question.

HugoDrax on May 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM

The Clintons pose as philanthropists, but their charitable efforts appear aimed primarily at themselves and their political aspirations.

That’s it in a nutshell, simple stuff, really. The truth is for the most part democrats simply don’t care what the Clintons do. The facts are right there in front of them, article after article has exposed them as grifters, the foundation itself has been downgraded, and all they do is trivialize what’s been going on. They must be ignorant, there’s no other explanation. Anyone with half a brain can see through the Clinton shenanigans.

scalleywag on May 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM

“Mhhh, carrion” — media

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Is there any prominent D in this country who does not lie through their teeth…?

NeoKong on May 30, 2015 at 10:17 AM

And Pelosi Galore always accompanies her lies with a rictus smile that looks like a grimace.

Pelosi has a lot of animosity towards the Clintons anyway, especially Hillary. It has something to do with the contest of crashing the glass ceiling.

onlineanalyst on May 30, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Pelosi’s statement is nonsensical – (surprise, surprise)

Democrats know that their candidates are elected by a base that votes the brand like mindless automatons along with voters who are truly lacking in native intelligence and No-Information voters who have no clue what is happening to their country.

sclemens on May 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Pelosi wastes perfectly good oxygen.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2015 at 1:17 PM

But there’s no question it raises questions that they’ll have to answer.

Translation: Whatever claptrap they spew out to excuse themselves we will rubber stamp and be default see that the media does as well.

ghostwalker1 on May 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

be = by

ghostwalker1 on May 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Pelosi: Yeah, Hillary’s going to have to explain the Clinton Foundation shenanigans.

I don’t see why. Her base will still support her if she eats a puppy sandwich on national TV, and so will her allies in the press. How many independents does she think her “explanations” will move?

Personally I think her campaign slogan should be:
Hillary! 2016
The Devil You Know

GrumpyOldFart on May 30, 2015 at 2:16 PM

the most rabid Hillary fans are actually the ones who see the clearest how corrupt and vile and debauched Hillary is, but can never let you know they agree with you that she’s too venal and incompetent to be president because to do so would be to let you know how stupid they are

I disagree. They may perceive all that, but their main reason for continuing to support her is their reflexive hatred of anyone on the right. They are ready to kick this country in the teeth yet again rather than even consider the most middle-of-the-road alternative. Also, when we express horror, well, that’s just gravy to them. Because they hate us with every fibre.

fatherspledge on May 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM

it raises questions that they’ll have to answer.

Yep. And the Democrats will treat any answers as having buried the questions permanently: “Oh, are you still harping on that?”

PersonFromPorlock on May 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM