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Clinton Charity CONFIRMS Qatars $1 million dollar gift

siv1

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.
Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.
Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.
If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.
Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.
Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.
The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention. A department spokeswoman did not respond to additional questions about the donation.
According to the foundation's website, which lists donors in broad categories by cumulative amounts donated, Qatar's government has directly given a total of between $1 million and $5 million over the years.
The Clinton Foundation has said it would no longer accept money from foreign governments if Clinton is elected president and would spin off those programs that are dependent on foreign governments.
"MATERIAL" INCREASE
Foundation officials told Reuters last year that they did not always comply with central provisions of the agreement with President Barack Obama's administration, blaming oversights in some cases.(http://reut.rs/2fkHPCh)
At least eight other countries besides Qatar gave new or increased funding to the foundation, in most cases to fund its health project, without the State Department being informed, according to foundation and agency records. They include Algeria, which gave for the first time in 2010, and the United Kingdom, which nearly tripled its support for the foundation's health project to $11.2 million between 2009 and 2012.
Foundation officials have said some of those donations, including Algeria, were oversights and should have been flagged, while others, such as the UK increase, did not qualify as material increases.
The foundation has declined to describe what sort of increase in funding by a foreign government would have triggered notification of the State Department for review. Cookstra said the agreement was designed to "allow foreign funding for critical Clinton Foundation programs" to continue without disruption.
The State Department said it has no record of being asked by the foundation to review any increases in support by a foreign government.
Asked whether Qatar was funding a specific program at the foundation, Cookstra said the country supported the organization's "overall humanitarian work."
Qatar continued supporting Clinton Foundation at equal or lower levels" compared with the country's pre-2009 support, he said. He declined to say if Qatar gave any money during the first three years of Clinton's four-year term at the State Department, or what its support before 2009 amounted to.
In another email released by WikiLeaks, a former Clinton Foundation fundraiser said he raised more than $21 million in connection with Bill Clinton's 65th birthday in 2011.
Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton's campaign and Bill Clinton did not respond to emailed questions about the donation.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that major donors to the Clinton Foundation may have obtained favored access to Clinton's State Department, but has provided little evidence to that effect. Clinton and her staff have dismissed this accusation as a political smear.
Last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered the Donald J. Trump Foundation to stop fundraising in the state, saying it had not registered to solicit donations.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clintons-charity-confirms-qatars-1-million-gift-while-001205827.html
 

LLJsmom

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below is a link to the 2013 foundation tax returns. It's very interesting. I will note that the foundation's books were audited by an independent auditor.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2013/311/580/2013-311580204-0b0083da-9.pdf

I would not feel comfortable making any comments about the activity until I really studied the returns and could get answers to my questions. I will say this. I am experienced in this field and I don't just make judgements on stuff like this off the cuff. The return appears to be 75 pages long. And even at this length there are still questions. This is true for every return I review, individual, LP, etc. For anyone to make the claims about really understanding the activities of the foundation based on these documents and complex tax returns in general are making it on incomplete information.
 

Bayek

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siv1|1478436489|4094425 said:
No one has anything to say about this? Not surprised. :nono: :nono: :nono: :nono: :nono: :nono:
I have a question.. where did the Bush presidents get their money for their libaries?

http://occupydemocrats.com/2015/04/30/bush-foundations-accepted-unlimited-secret-donations-from-foreign-countries/

Jr won't disclose his foreign donations.. who knows what was bought?

added: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/img-src-http-talkingpointsmemo-com-images-waxman-epa-sg-muck-jpg-vspace-5-hspace-5-align-left-let-the-investigations-begin

http://www.salon.com/2004/03/12/unger_2/

Did the Saudis buy a president?

How much money has flowed from the House of Saud to the Bush family and its friends and allies over the years? No one will ever know -- but the number is at least $1.477 billion.

remember the word SPIN.. republicans spin as do democrats.. should be a law against spin doctoring (and yes there was a 90s band the Spin Doctors! good band).
 

ChristineRose

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I'll say something.

It is not illegal to give money to a charity.

Hillary Clinton did not get that money; it was pooled with a bunch of other money that went to various causes.

Foundations are supposed to reveal material related party transactions, but they apparently thought this one was immaterial. Materiality is determined by the auditors, and the auditors apparently saw the transactions.

If half of what has been disclosed about the Trump foundation is true, the man is guilty of felonies. Innocent until proven guilty I guess.

Now I have a question for you. What exactly do you think is wrong here? The sort of cushy relationships that exist in fundraising, or something else?
 
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