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September 01, 2016

Grasping, Greedy, Grifting Clintons Shellacked American Taxpayers With Millions of Dollars in Costs to Support Clinton Foundation Staff

Degenerate scumbags and permanent Welfare Cases -- they have the mentality of the hardcore welfare addict. They simply do not comprehend that other people are working for the money they're scooping up, and have absolutely no shame about Hoovering up as much of it as the law will allow.

And maybe a little bit more than the law will allow.

The Former Presidents Act provides for paying the staffers of former presidents. Bill Clinton was bilking the system out of more money than any other president before, and for more people.

A cute trick they did was to spread the subsidies around among many of their staffers -- this resulted in many of them also getting government benefits. I guess if you get some minimum threshold of subsidization under the act, you then in turn are eligible for government benefits.

They were using this money to pay their Permanent Traveling Political War-Room, that is to say, the staff of the Clinton Foundation. By making the US government pay the costs for their benefits, the Clinton Foundation got to not pay those costs.

And thus an organization all about sucking up sweet, sweet cash for the Clintons got to suck up even more of it.

That's the general background. I do suggest you read every wonderful word of this story.

But, the background out of the way, let me quote some specific stuff:

After leaving the White House "dead broke", in the words of Hillary Clinton, they quickly raked in tens of millions of dollars from book deals, speaking fees and consulting gigs. At the same time, Bill Clinton was relying on his connections to some of the world's deepest-pocketed donors, corporations and governments to seed a global philanthropy operation that overlapped with his consulting work and speaking fees and his wife’s work as Secretary of State -- and served as a jumping off point for her presidential campaign.

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[U]sing the GSA records, POLITICO pieced together a list of Clinton loyalists who at various times have had their earnings supplemented by federal payments of about $10,000-a-year using funds from the Former Presidents Act.

The list reads like a field guide to Clinton World.

It includes longtime Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper, who despite not having a security clearance, any apparent training in cyber-security or a job at the State Department, in early 2009 helped set up the private email account that Hillary Clinton would use to send and receive classified information as Secretary of State. Her use of that system was dubbed "extremely careless” by the FBI director. Cooper continued working to maintain Clinton’s private email system — including advising her top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills on attempted hacks — through at least 2012, according to emails released by the State Department.

During some of that period, Cooper was on the GSA payroll, drawing a federal government stipend from February 2011 through 2013, according to the records obtained by POLITICO.

At the same time, though, Cooper was working with Doug Band, a trusted Bill Clinton lieutenant, and Declan Kelly, a top Hillary Clinton fundraiser-turned-State Department official, to launch a global consulting firm called Teneo. It did lucrative work for foundation donors and entities with business before Clinton’s State Department. And it signed a contract reportedly worth $3.5 million with Bill Clinton to serve as a “honorary chairman” (though the former president ultimately kept only $100,000 of that, according to his tax returns and a source familiar with the arrangement). Teneo also paid Abedin as a “senior advisor.”

All the while, Band and Abedin were working together to broker meetings between Secretary of State Clinton and donors to the foundation, where Band served as an official until 2012, drawing a salary that in some years exceeded $111,000-a-year.
Yet, despite the profitable consulting business and his foundation compensation, Band continued drawing a taxpayer-funded stipend from the GSA until 2013.


Here's a Clinton aide's defense:

Generally, the aide explained that Clinton “wears several hats — among them being former President of the United States and the founder of the Clinton Foundation. His staffing reflects those roles.”

The aide added “there is no legal prohibition that would preclude the former president’s staff from receiving compensation from other sources or doing personal work for the former presidents. We are unaware of any legal prohibition that would preclude these activities.”

Sound familiar? We are unaware of any law that would criminalize our criminal behavior.

Isn't that what they always say?

Oh -- here's Team Clinton making things look good for the auditors:




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