WaPo: Say, those Qatari donations to the Clinton Foundation seem suspect

posted at 10:01 am on June 4, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

You don’t say! Actually, Rosalind Helderman does, and the Washington Post reporter notes that the smell around the Qatar-Clinton Foundation relationship isn’t just a case of hindsight. Even at the time that the Qataris poured cash into the foundation, allegations of bribery in FIFA’s award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar had British journalists energized. Add in the worker conditions for the venues being built, and it all adds up to a very odd — and corrupt — choice:

According to the foundation’s Web site, which lists donors based on the amounts of their total contributions organized by ranges, the Qatari committee gave between $250,000 and $500,000. The Persian Gulf nation, known for seeking to build alliances in Washington by giving money to think tanks and other influential organizations, has given the Clinton Foundation between $1 million and $5 million over the years, according to the charity’s Web site.

The potential problems of associating with the Qatar World Cup effort were clear well before the foundation’s 2013 event. In May 2011, five months after Qatar won the right to host the cup, members of the British parliament alleged that some on FIFA’s executive committee had been paid millions to award the bid to Qatar, and British media had aggressively investigated the issue.

And in July 2012, FIFA appointed former U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia to probe the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, an investigation that was underway at the time of Qatar’s sponsorship of the Clinton Global Initiative. …

Allegations of bribery weren’t the only problems facing the Qataris at the time of the CGI event. That same week, the Guardian newspaper published an expose of labor conditions at World Cup construction sites in Qatar, concluding that dozens of migrant Nepalese workers had died that summer alone — and estimating that thousands would die before the projects were finished.

The Qataris denied the Guardian report, while the Clintons said that philanthropy shouldn’t sit in judgment on its benefactors. That’s probably what they hope voters will think about politics too, but the problem for the Clintons is that all of these corrupt relationships cross traditional liberal constituencies. It’s tough to be pro-LGBT if you’re enabling regimes that throw gays off of rooftops, and it’s tough to be pro-worker when you’re shaking hands with people who are killing them by the dozen to build sports stadiums as monuments to their rule.

It might get worse for anyone associated with FIFA, perhaps including the Clintons. Former FIFA VP Jack Warner, arrested in the bribery probe, bought a political ad on Trinidad television to announce that he’s going to spill the beans on all the corruption in soccer — and that he fears for his life in doing so:

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner has said he will provide evidence to link FIFA officials, including embattled president Sepp Blatter, to the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago. …

“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” said Warner, who was held in jail overnight last week, but was later released on bail.

The Clinton Foundation did business with FIFA too, as Helderman notes, but apparently not on the same level as the Qataris. FIFA provided membership fees to the Clinton Global Initiative amounting to $50,000, but they were more used to selling influence rather than buying it. In that sense, FIFA and the Clintons were more like competitors than colleagues.

Still, this could create more problems for the Clintons. They tried and failed to get the 2022 World Cup into the US, and they were notably silent about the corruption that caused them to lose the bid. One has to wonder whether Bill Clinton was a mere naïf on the FIFA stage, or whether he and the US team just got outbid in the trenches.

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No worry, all sins will be absolved come nomination time.

Rix on June 4, 2015 at 10:06 AM

It’s way past time the leftist media gave these Clinton scandals the attention they deserve. The Hastert scandal has gotten a lot more attention. And he’s not running for President.

cat_owner on June 4, 2015 at 10:08 AM

while the Clintons said that philanthropy shouldn’t sit in judgment on its benefactors.

Uh huh. Hillary Clinton is a bought and paid for agent of foreign powers, including Qatar. If ISIS threatens Qatar will she drag us into a war with them because she owes them a favor, or else be blackmailed into war?

rbj on June 4, 2015 at 10:09 AM

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tommyboy on June 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM

2nd that cat owner but the lsm is just a cog in the dem wheel

Any one else would have been ousted by now

cmsinaz on June 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Bill and Hillary = the U.S. Grant of wink and nod.

Limerick on June 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

News at 11: Clinton Foundation deflated the balls for Tom Brady.

Rix on June 4, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Amazing how the Clintons can even make a ton of money off a sport that no native English speaking American over the age of 10 can be bothered to give a shit about!

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM

News at 11: Clinton Foundation deflated the balls for Tom Brady.

Rix on June 4, 2015 at 10:17 AM

For a fee, they’re happy to be, your backdoor man/womyn

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2015 at 10:23 AM

or else be blackmailed into war?

rbj on June 4, 2015 at 10:09 AM

You can’t blackmail someone who feels no shame. Hillary and Bill will do whatever the hell they want to do and get away with it.

Spannerhead on June 4, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Amazing how the Clintons can even make a ton of money off a sport that no native English speaking American over the age of 10 can be bothered to give a shit about!

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM

It’s actually a pretty smart play, since the fact that we don’t care about soccer means there would be fewer political ramifications in the US should all this garbage come to light.

Spannerhead on June 4, 2015 at 10:24 AM

And he’s not running for President.

Give him time, give him time.

F X Muldoon on June 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM

In an e-mail received:

Here are the facts on the late Freddie Gray of Baltimore:

Freddie Gray had a pre-existing spinal and neck injury and had severe nerve damage and scar tissue from an accident that Allstate Insurance was paying him for, in a structured settlement. This monthly payment and drug money were his means of support. Freddie had had several unsuccessful spinal fusion surgeries over the past 4 1/2 years. His most recent spinal/cervical operation was a week and a half before he was arrested on April 12. He was on doctor’s orders to remain home and in bed to speed recovery from that major operation. Instead, Freddie was out manufacturing and distributing drugs on the streets of Baltimore, and strenuously resisting arrest.

Freddie had a long criminal history (rap sheet): many pages long for manufacturing and distributing drugs and controlled substances,
including heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. He had been convicted of numerous other felonies including assault, firearms violations, breaking and entering, armed robbery, receiving stolen property, and the list goes on and on from his 18th birthday. In Baltimore County, juvenile records are forever sealed except by judicial order. (www.mdjudiciarycaseresearch) Freddie, known on the streets as “Pepper”, was 25 years old, 5’8″ and weighed 145 lbs. when last arrested. He had been incarcerated at least 12 times, the longest stretch being 2 years in prison in Maryland.

Freddie had recently tried to convert his structured settlement from Allstate into a lump sum payment from Peachtree Funding, of Atlanta. Friends say he was confused by the paperwork and legal terminology.

NJ Red on June 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Sorry, wrong thread. Duh.

NJ Red on June 4, 2015 at 10:36 AM

NJ Red on June 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Wrong thread, I think but didn’t they determine that the gentleman with the injury was not the same Freddie Gray (Grey).

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Spend half the time you put into investigating Sarah Palin’s garbage can and imagine all the corruption you could uncover in Killary’s shenanigans, WaPo appartchiks.

But no, you’ll tsk tsk a few times and then move on to excoriating Cruz for not being a fan of beef enchiladas.

Bishop on June 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Ever notice that when CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) is mentioned in regards to Bill or Hillary Clinton, the point of how much good works they do always starts off the conversation. YES, CGI does good works and YES, perhaps the world would be a little less in worse shape without them but much of the same can be said of the United Nations, the Mafia, the Catholic Church or any large organization. But they are labeled as a charity and according to various sources, the amount that actually ends up in the hands of the very neediest on this planet is always in question. Enough to prompt a refiling of the last 5 years of their tax returns. It’s obvious to anyone who looks, so much more could be spent and spent wisely to do so much more of these good works. It appears that the biggest recipients of CGI’s efforts ends up helping the Clintons themselves and a rather large pack of Clinton close and personal friends. This in itself would be grounds for massive investigations based on the fact that Bill Clinton is a former US President but mainly because his wife Hillary, was a sitting U.S. Senator, a sitting Secretary of State and a current nominee for President of the United States while this charity functioned. The relationship between CGI and the US. government is as complicated as a jigsaw puzzle. The boundaries between CGI and the federal government at times are somewhat blurred and in many cases unrecognizable. This is most apparent with the case of Haiti after the earthquake. CGI acted as if it was an arm of the federal government (namely the State Dept) with money changing hands back and forth, foreign actors in the mix (some with shady reputations) along with FOBs (friends of Bill’s) also in the mix. Some projects remain unfinished and some not even started. Shell companies, private e-mail servers, deleted email caches, all add to the mystery of CGI and then current Secretary of State Clinton. Who is the “controlling legal authority” and how many years will it take to untangle this web? Bill and Hillary Clinton hope November 2016 doesn’t get here soon enough.

BabysCatz on June 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Hush money and pay offs…

Once all the FIFA guys start singing to the FBI they will love to get back at the USA by saying they bribed a former US President….
Question is will the FBI cover it up?

albill on June 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

The Clinton Crime Family is a clan of globalists. To them, global graft just makes good money sense.

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2015 at 10:51 AM

They just showed a poll on Fox and the vast majority of think that the Clintons dealings have been illegal and improper but what’s better is that they don’t care. How come I keep getting the government that these people deserve?

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Whistleblower Tells Oversight Committee of Crimes Committed By Hillary and Huma Abedin

Akzed on June 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM

“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” said Warner

If only some people in this country would come out and say that.

LoganSix on June 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM

HRC is in this whole thing for the MONEY and POWER, and nothing else. Her family is so corrupt they make Madoff look like an angel.

rjoco1 on June 4, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Charlatanic global money-laundering machine and carrion.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Clintons boggle the mind; but even more vexing, how could anyone admire her/them?

StevC on June 4, 2015 at 2:44 PM