Clinton Foundation considering a much lower profile in 2016?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 28, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Why not? They have fulfilled their mission, at least in terms of the Clinton family ambitions, which is after all why the Clinton Foundation exists in the first place. After keeping the necessary political connections alive for another Hillary Clinton run for the Democratic presidential nomination, the foundation now worries that they may be getting in the way of her success, Ken Vogel reports for Politico:

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation ― increasingly seen as a distraction by supporters of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid ― is considering dialing back its activity during the campaign and a potential Clinton presidency, according to interviews and documents obtained by POLITICO.

With its packed slate of events already colliding with the presidential election calendar and donors growing wary, the foundation has commissioned a study from the powerhouse Boston Consulting Group on how to improve the foundation’s showcase endeavor, the Clinton Global Initiative or CGI, while a 2015 study flagged concerns that Clinton’s presidential campaign could hurt a separate project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative. …

Supporters of Hillary Clinton’s campaign privately grumble that the foundation is diverting the attention of Bill Clinton, her former president husband — as well as key donors — at a pivotal moment in the presidential campaign. They argue that CGI should suspend planned events during the primaries and just before the general election.

“Gosh, can’t they relax a bit on that work and focus on winning Iowa?” said one bundler. “But everyone is resigned to how they function, and presumes they know what they are doing.”

Perhaps they’re worried about getting in the way of the ultimate mission — electing Hillary as president. Most of the pressure comes from the donors, Vogel notes, while the Foundation execs mainly want to continue with business as usual. Shalala, brought into leadership in part because of her political acumen, remains decidedly neutral on the issue while consultants consider the risk/reward ratios, but that won’t last forever; at some point, the donor base will want an answer.

If the issue is mainly about electoral success, then it might be an indication that Hillary’s big-pocket campaign donors are more worried about Bernie Sanders than previously indicated.

Their concerns might be more focused in another direction, though, which is toward themselves. Earlier this month, Fox News reported that the FBI had expanded its probe into the secret e-mail server used by Hillary while at the State Department into questions of public corruption. Donors didn’t join up with the foundation to end up looking like unindicted co-conspirators, after all:

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration.

The Clinton Foundation is a public charity, known as a 501(c)(3). It had grants and contributions in excess of $144 million in 2013, the most current available data.

Inside the FBI, pressure is growing to pursue the case.

One intelligence source told Fox News that FBI agents would be “screaming” if a prosecution is not pursued because “many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation.”

Intel analyst John Schindler wonders whether that wasn’t the purpose of the secret e-mail system all along:

Why Ms. Clinton and her staff refused to use State Department email for official business is an open and important question. Suspicion inevitably falls on widespread allegations of pay-for-play, a corrupt scheme whereby foreign entities gave cash to the Clinton Global Initiative in exchange for Ms. Clinton’s favors at Foggy Bottom. The FBI is investigating this matter in connection with EmailGate.

Regardless of whether Ms. Clinton was engaged in political corruption, she unquestionably cast aside security as Secretary of State. She can’t quite keep her story straight on why that was, and she is at pains to deny that there is any real issue here at all, suggesting that it’s just another right-wing propaganda ploy. Ms. Clinton is veering hazardously close to her infamous “What difference at this point does it make?” claim, which she touted about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Yet, as any seasoned intelligence professional will tell you, it matters a great deal—just not in ways visible to the American public. The communications of America’s top diplomat are closely monitored by dozens of foreign spy services, and anything sent out unencrypted, as Ms. Clinton’s email was, should be assumed to be read by numerous countries, including some who are not our friends.

Maybe that was part of the mission, too. This pressure from foundation donors could be coincidental to the earlier development, but … the correlation is at least intriguing. And if Fox News got the story right, it might be too late anyway.


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All 3 Clintons s/b in prison, for the foundation illegalities alone.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Clinton Foundation considering a much lower profile in 2016?

…OF COURSE they do…these “donors” want That Skank to win…so they can continue to receive favors in return for donations in 2017 and beyond…quid pro quo…it’s the Clinton way…

“Gosh, can’t they relax a bit on that work and focus on winning Iowa?” said one bundler.

…says it all…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 28, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Intel analyst John Schindler wonders whether that wasn’t the purpose of the secret e-mail system all along:

…geeeez we needed an intel analyst to figure this out…how effing stooooopid are you people…or better yet what has That Skank promised you…???

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

from Schindler’s article:

Worse, access to Ms. Clinton’s personal email likely gave foreign spy agencies hints on how to crack into more sensitive information systems.

I had wondered if this was the case when the reports of White House servers being accessed mentioned that the hackers may have started by accessing State Department servers.

agmartin on January 28, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Obviously, they don’t want people to know that Trump has been secretly funding Hillary’s campaign through his own foundation.

Trump’s personal non-profit foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, does not have a history of donating much money to veterans or to veterans’ causes. According to a recent analysis of the organization’s spending history by the Weekly Standard, Trump’s non-profit donated more money to the Clinton Foundation than it did to veterans causes.

Nethicus on January 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Next month Hillary will deny ever hearing about the Clinton Foundation.

rbj on January 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Bill Sammon head of FoxInTheHenHouse Newsless for debates.

Brooke Sammon the daughter, Marko Rubio’s Press Sec.

Two Party Evil Money Cult enabled by the MSM ghouls.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 28, 2016 at 5:50 PM

The elevation of Leavenworth, Kansas is 840 feet.

Galtian on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

I’m doing my bit to help you out Ed. You will be lucky to get twenty hits for this piece.

celtic warrior on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Maybe they could cut a lower profile if they changed their name to “La Cosa Nostra”.

jbspry on January 28, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Next month Hillary will deny ever hearing about the Clinton Foundation.

rbj on January 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Or she will steadfastly insist that none of the donations received were marked “GRAFT” at the time they were received.

jbspry on January 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

FoxInTheHenHouse joins Bill O’reily in the Spin In Zone.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 28, 2016 at 5:57 PM

What no Trump stuff on this thread? The Trumpbots are slackin’

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Nethicus. Put your money where your mouth is. How much have you donated to veterans causes in the last year????

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:01 PM

So all the money raised for veterans tonight is it going to them or the Clinton Foundation?

LevinFan on January 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

I’m doing my bit to help you out Ed. You will be lucky to get twenty hits for this piece.

celtic warrior on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

The next post on Clinton I want is her perp walk.

itsspideyman on January 28, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Spidey. Roger that . that post would get about 3,000 comments…..

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Or she will steadfastly insist that none of the donations received were marked “GRAFT” at the time they were received.

jbspry on January 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

…I don’t recall seeing you before……..but that was pretty humorous!….come here to HA more often!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 28, 2016 at 6:23 PM

I may be wrong. But the money cant just DIRECTLY go to a veterans charity. It has to be collected by a centralized entity first, and then disbursed.

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Nethicus. Put your money where your mouth is. How much have you donated to veterans causes in the last year????

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Why? Am I running for POTUS? If and/or when I do, I’ll be sure to tell you, Jim.

Nethicus on January 28, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Nethicus. Doesnt matter. Donating to charities is a personal thing. You dont want me to know about you, yet you know that trump has given $60 grand to veterans charities. Go find another windmill to tilt at……

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM

If Cankles has bought off Hustler AG Loretta then she probably won’t want attention brought to the deal…

viking01 on January 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

You dont want me to know about you, yet you know that trump has given $60 grand to veterans charities. Go find another windmill to tilt at……

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Yes, because his foundation HAS TO DISCLOSE IT. Why are you worried about my charitable giving, but not concerned that the Trump Foundation is funneling money to the Clintons and, quite likely, the Hillary 2016 campaign.

Nethicus on January 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Killary will be calling off her campaign after NH in order to “spend more time with my family”, ie, changing hers and the Grand kid’s diapers.

vnvet on January 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Trump donated money to hillary and lots of other politicians, both democrat and republican. Its called being a businessman, especially in NYC. And it was done before he started his run for president. Just because you DONT have to disclose that info. doesnt make you his judge,jury, and executioner. And bringing his charitible giving to veterans into the argument is frankly, low class…

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Indiana Jim, I know reading is hard for you, so let me explain it.

Trump’s foundation, not Trump, gave money to the Clinton Foundation. Why does a Foundation give money to another? How is that “charity”?

You put words in my mouth and accuse me of attacking something I did not attack. That, sir, is low brow and low class.

Nethicus on January 28, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Feel the Fail!

Bill Clinton’s poll ratings are in free-fall, and that surprise crash undermines the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton has a lock on the Democrat nomination.

A new CBS/New York Times poll shows that just 39 percent of American voters have a favorable opinion of Bill Clinton.

This is down from a 50 percent approval rating just a few months ago. In 2012…66 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Mr. Clinton.

Bill Clinton’s favorable rating today is actually lower than it was in 2008, when he last campaigned forcefully for Hillary as she was battling Barack Obama for the Democrat nomination. As that contest heated up, Mr. Clinton’s favorable rating sank to 46 percent.

Del Dolemonte on January 28, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Roaches run from the scrutiny of the light.

notalemon on January 28, 2016 at 10:27 PM

This possibility is JUST NOW coming out in the press???

Really. 30,000 deleted emails, all about “personal” business. Really. Tell me, anyone, if you can….how many of the released emails from that server by the State department have had anything at all to do with the CGI?

Anyone?

Now, does anyone here, or anywhere else, believe for one second that she didn’t send any emails at all related to the foundation during the entire time her secret server was operating? Of course not. Even tlaloc isn’t that stupid (though I’m sure she’ll now try to convince us otherwise).

No, the primary reason for the secret server was raking in billions (with a B) to her “charity”. That’s why no foundation emails were found, they were all deleted to protect the money. She knew the classified info she was sending unsecured would never be prosecuted, so she had no problem telling us she did that (and FU for asking plebes!!!).

Makes me curious if the FBI was actually able to reconstruct the entire record from the server, as has been reported.

runawayyyy on January 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM