Friday, June 23, 2017
How Many More Dollars Did Not Get Reported By Clintons? What Else Did Not Get Reported? Where Are The Accountants?
OOPS: Clinton Foundation Admits It Took $1 Million From Qatar And Forgot To Tell The Government
Among the thousands of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s presidential
campaign chairman John Podesta and published by Wikileaks, one stated
that officials from the government of Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation
$1 million to celebrate Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday, funds which the foundation
did not report to the State Department.
That would seemingly violate an ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed when
she became Secretary of State in 2009, in which she promised the foundation
would notify the State Department's ethics official if a new foreign government
wanted to donate or "increase materially" its contributions.
Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011; in April 2012 Amitabh Desai, the
Clinton Foundation's foreign policy director, sent an email acknowledging the
Qataris wanted to meet Bill Clinton “for five minutes” in New York City.
Clinton Foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra told Reuters that the $1 million
gift was not a "material increase" in Qatar’s contributions. But Qatar had given
between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in total, meaning
the $1 million gift represented between a 20% to 100% increase.
The State Department told Reuters it had no record of the Qatar donation.
In 2016, the Foundation admitted that the Clinton Health Access Initiative
had not published a list of its donors since 2010, although Hillary Clinton had
promised she would offer an annual list.
As Reuters noted, Clinton Foundation officials acknowledged they sometimes
evaded the agreement with the Obama administration, but blamed oversights.
At least eight other countries in addition to Qatar gave new or increased funding
to the foundation, most often for the Clinton Health Access Initiative.