‘Clinton Cash’ Author Peter Schweizer Confirms: Clinton Foundation Gives Only Six Percent to Charity
Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about the latest Clinton scandal updates.
Marlow pointed to the story about hundreds of Clinton Foundation donors rewarded with seats on advisory boards by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and The Wall Street Journal’s suspicions of a pay-for-play arrangement between Bill Clinton and the perfume industry.
“It continues to confirm what people know, which is, whatever the Clintons ostensibly seem to get involved in, that there is always money that flows to them,” said Schweizer.
He said Clinton charities always seem to conceal rivers of money flowing in the opposite direction:
This was the great charity, the Clinton Foundation, that they have trumpeted as having solved so many of the world’s problems – which, of course, people dispute. But the problem is, every time you look at these programs, these philanthropic programs, you find that the donors, or the recipients of the money, are somehow giving money to Bill and Hillary Clinton. They’re always sort of getting their cut.
Now we did have, last night, sort of the monumental event – Bill Clinton effectively closing down the Clinton Global Initiative. He gave a speech last night, sort of a weepy-eyed speech, proclaiming that he had fundamentally changed philanthropy for the better. But I think when you look at sort of what he describes as their accomplishments, there’s a lot wanting, and you realize how much it really is embedded with the corruption that is so rampant with the Clintons.
Marlow noted that Bill Clinton’s birthday party, held the previous weekend, was attended by people who donated up to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation for tickets. “Despite all the controversy, they keep trying to enrich the Foundation. Is this because they think they might lose, because they can’t help themselves?” he asked.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the Clintons, a couple of years ago, started a campaign to build an endowment for the Clinton Foundation, which I think is somewhere on the order of $350 million,” Schweizer said. “So even if they stopped raising money tomorrow, they still have an endowment that will allow the Foundation, in some form, to continue to operate.”
“This is the problem. It is transactional. Everything they do is transactional,” he explained:
Bill Clinton tried to insist last night that people gave him, and gave Hillary, money simply out of the kindness of their hearts; they wanted nothing else in return.
But you know, this is what’s happening in America, I think, with the political races, but also I think with new media, which Breitbart plays such an important role, is people don’t buy that anymore. They challenge the assumptions; they challenge the claims of our political figures, and that’s a good thing.
I think the Clintons have suffered as a result of the new media and people asking all these questions about how they operate, and where the money is actually going.
When Marlow observed that Chelsea Clinton would still be part of the Foundation, despite Bill and Hillary Clinton’s much-touted promises to back away from operations if Clinton wins the presidency, Schweizer agreed that was a “hugely suspicious” detail:
I mean, look; here’s the bottom line: the Clintons are promising that they’re going to do a bunch of things if Hillary wins, to disconnect themselves from the Clinton Foundation. But we’ve been down this route before. I mean, in 2008, when she became secretary of state, they promised a whole host of things they were gonna do, be completely transparent, et cetera. And they didn’t live up to them, so anything that they’re saying, that they’re agreeing they’re going to do if Hillary wins, I think we have to be highly suspect of, because that’s the record. That’s what they did in 2008.
And, of course, the key thing you pointed out is, Chelsea is still going to be there. If you have somebody – if you’re a corporation, or if you’re a foreign oligarch, it may not be Bill Clinton whose wife is secretary of state coming and shaking you down for money – but it will now be the first daughter doing it. I don’t see how that’s much of an improvement, as far as preventing this self-enrichment and corruption from taking place.