Well, It seems that the Email scandal, as well as the clinton foundation controversy is growing quite large, and it is not only contained to Secretary of State Clinton, but to aide Huma Abedin as well.
According to Watchdog Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.
The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”
These emails show an even deeper look into the Pay to Play scheme between the Clinton foundation and the State Department during Clinton’s tenure.
Virtually, making the State Department a piggy bank for Clinton’s favors to donors and other individuals or groups.
We’re going to take a look at a few organizations, individuals and others that donated to the foundation and got massive favors from the state department.
1) The Skoll Foundation:
The Skoll Foundation is, according to their website:
The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.
The following core values inform our mission; guide our actions; and undergird our culture:
Leverage: We seek leverage to achieve “a whole lot of good” from our investment of time and resources.
Respect: We respect the individual and the power of community.
Responsibility: Individually and collectively, we embrace a profound sense of responsibility.
Tough-Minded Optimism: We are disciplined, rigorous, and hopeful.
Innovation: Inspired by the social entrepreneurs we serve, we challenge ourselves to innovate as well.
The Foundation was founded by Former president of Ebay Jeff Skoll, in which the foundation awards companies for Social innovations.
In 2009, These emails were sent to the State department from Board members of the Skoll Foundation:
Devex Reported on this email:
Names are redacted from the emails, but the timing suggests the messages could refer to global health luminary Paul Farmer, who, in May 2009, was reported to be under consideration as a potential USAID chief. If Farmer is the subject of these emails, then they suggest he was considering another role, “reporting directly to Hillary,” before the administration began vetting him as the USAID administrator to be. They also suggest Clinton had a lot of pull when it came to selecting the nominee. A few months later reports surfaced that Farmer was out of contention for the post, and it wasn’t until November 2009 that Obama nominated Rajiv Shah.
The Emails show a conversation between the State Department and the Skoll Foundation about an open position for the USAID program, given the time of the emails. As stated in the news snippet above, the emails may have been hinting at a possible nomination as Paul Farmer for the head of USAID.
Here’s what that email implies:
A real honor to be one of the folks [redacted] Is seeking out for counsel—and one I don’t take lightly! As you undoubtedly know, he’s been offered a new role in the Obama administration, reporting directly to Hillary, would oversee [redacted]. Of course, I encouraged him to do it (as have most of his students, and others). In our conversation, he referenced your talking to one another at the Skoll Forum, your describing the opportunity posed by Hillary’s leadership—which would open space for an alliance of visionary leaders to advance a new development paradigm for engaging with the world.
As I thought about what I said to [redacted] drawing upon my admiration for what another great social entrepreneur, John Gardner, contributed in his role as Lyndon Johnson’s Secretary of HEW, which gave him a major hand in designing the Great Society and ushering in that great wave of civil rights legislation—I also wondered about you: specifically, your World Bank leadership role, and how you were able to leverage your entrepreneurial instincts and clear commitment to seeing investments translate into on-the-ground change while navigating a very large bureaucracy.
[Redacted] expects to be in DC by Thursday, and my gut tells me he is on his way to accepting this extraordinary challenge, with the goal of reshaping aid policy so that it serves those the U.S. most needs as allies—those billions of women, men and children the world over whose hearts and minds can be won if they can eat, care for and support their families,
Paul Farmer is the Founder of a group called Partners In Health, that, according to their website:
Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
We draw on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone.
When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well—just as we would do if a member of our own families or we ourselves were ill.
Farmer had been recognized by BOTH the Clinton Foundation and the Skoll Foundation for his work in health care in poor countries.
The Clinton Foundation has also helped those in Haiti find refuge in areas that were, as described in a report, as toxic and unsafe.
Anyways, It seemed likely in these emails that Farmer was to be nominated for USAID, but withdrew in August of 2009:
Paul Farmer will not lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, according to various media reports.
The Cable, a blog operated by Foreign Policy magazine, said Aug. 4 that “[s]everal Hill and Washington foreign policy hands” heard from the White House that the Harvard doctor, who was thought by many to be Obama’s pick for USAID chief, was in fact out of the running. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said Aug. 10 that “it’s final.”
“I’m not exactly sure what went wrong, but I think the vetters had reservations about things he had said,” Kristof wrote, “and he developed reservations about whether he could do more good inside government or outside.”
It should also be noted that the Skoll Foundation gave $50,000-$100,000 to the Foundation.
Also, a piece on the Clinton Foundation website written by Farmer seemed to speak very favorably about President Clinton:
Were they trying to buy a slot for Paul Farmer so he could run USAID?
In this Email from May 13th, 2009, the conversation shows a possible investment in Pakistan for “Global social innovation”, totaling around $11.5 Billion over 5 years, at request at a small company called Acumen fund.
Acumen find is, according to their website:
Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
As a non-profit, we raise charitable donations that allow us to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.
The Email states the following:
“I’m writing to see if you can help me secure a meeting with secretary clinton to talk about my ideas for a $500 million dollar fund that invests in ‘what works’ in int’l development…” writes Mrs. Novogratz, the founder and chairwoman of Acumen Fund.
These funds would be directed to Pakistan, one of the Companies main focuses, which gives money to invest in schools, energy and other development in the country.
The Chairwomen of IF Hummingbird Foundation and close associate with Acumen, Jill Iscol, has a background which is, as follows:
Jill has been actively involved in the Democratic Party and was a strategic advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton. Jill was Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee which raised a record $29 million dollars, Vice-Chair of Senator Clinton’s New York and National Finance Committees in 2006, and a National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee. She is currently supporting the Hillary for America Campaign.
IF Hummingbird Foundation, Iscol’s foundation, also gave $250,000 to $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation allegedly in exchange for Tax Breaks in the early 2000s.
Her husband, Ken, had also given $500,000 to $1 Million to the Clinton Foundation, as well as Herself, giving around $250,000.
What did Acumen Get in Return?
Partnerships with the Clinton Global initiative:
Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, have launched a landmark Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action called the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, announced the collaboration today on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2015 Winter Meeting in New York City. The ELII will be a three-year, minimum USD $10 million investment initiative to catalyze economic growth and alleviate poverty amongst low-income communities in the developing world, while creating more inclusive and sustainable value chains. One of the primary goals of the partnership, which leverages Acumen’s and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s market-based approaches to poverty alleviation, will be to create and scale-up privately-held enterprises which will support smallholder farmers and link them to Unilever’s global supply chains and distribution networks.
The Initiative was set to help many farmers in Poor countries and areas, which has had NO impact so far.
Jacqueline Novogratz was appointed to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board during Clinton’s tenure, which helped shape the policy direction of the Clinton State department.
Jill Iscol also helped contribute over $100,000 to the Clinton PAC, Ready for Hillary and Hillary for America.
Iscol also $68,000 in contributions to Hillary and her son, Zach, gave $14,000 to Hillary, according to a Washington Post Article released last year.
In summary, this plea in an email is another way of thanking the Iscol’s and the Acumen Fund, as well as IF Hummingbird utilize more money and contracts to extort grant money to those companies that partake in these activities.
We will end it here for now, but we still have A LOT more to cover in the Huma Abedin Emails.