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She's a Clinton. Her definition of ethics depends on what the meaning of "is" is. But it's refreshing to know that at least some people inside her cocoon of sycophants are willing to call out her mendacity. An internal vetting document prepared by her campaign to examine her "vulnerabilities" was released this weekend by Wikileaks.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "disregarded ethics guidelines" to raise more than $72 million for the U.S. Pavilion at the World's Fair in Shanghai in 2010, taking money from big-name contributors who later "received favorable treatment" from her State Department and also contributed to her namesake foundation, according to a 2015 internal Clinton research document revealed Sunday by WikiLeaks.
"When soliciting contributions, Clinton had little consideration for ethics, as the corporations who were featured in Shanghai also contributed to her foundation and received accolades from the State Department," the document stated.
Campaign chairman Robby Mook emailed John Podesta to say she turned the U.S. Pavilion into the Hillary Clinton Hall Of Fame.
The corporate contributions were a boon for Clinton, giving her a public relations win as she helped save the privately-funded U.S. pavilion. But in doing so, Clinton allowed the corporations to become the centerpiece of an exhibit that is supposed to emphasize American values. As the Washington Post noted, the American pavilion was "larded with corporate advertising" but contained "no messages about democracy or freedom of expression or religious beliefs." In her haste to help herself and her corporate allies, Clinton forgot the purpose of American participation in events like the expo.
Oh she didn't "forget" the purpose of the expo. She used it to further her own interests, which is the only purpose she cares about. $72 million dollars buys a lot of influence, and she took good care of her corporate benefactors.
"Boeing contributed $2.25 million to the Shanghai Expo, while Clinton helped the company land a multi-billion [dollar] Russian deal."
"Procter & Gamble gave $3 million to the Shanghai & Expo [sic] & Millions to The Clinton Foundation; Was repaid with Corporate Excellence Award."
"Clinton solicited PepsiCo as one of the largest Shanghai Expo sponsors; PepsiCo committed same amount to Clinton Foundation projects."
"Alcoa, a Shanghai Expo contributor, pleaded guilty to foreign bribery charges facilitated by a major Clinton Foundation donor."
"Secretary Clinton was 'Advocate-In-Chief' for General Electric, which was one of the largest donors to the Shanghai Expo."
Here I'll bet you thought she'd be "Advocate-In-Chief" for you, right?
In a freshly Wikileaked exchange, Hillary Clinton's communications director Jennifer Palmieri admits that some Clinton Foundation donors probably did expect some favors for their money.
Writing to aides, including John Podesta, whose emails were hacked, Palmieri discourages having Clinton answer too many questions about foundation donations because '[t]here aren't great answers and in many cases not her place to answer them.'
Don't hold your breath waiting for her Palace Guard Media to ask too many questions though. They're not interested in her answers, especially the ones that "aren't great."
So tell me again why she should be promoted to the White House? Because she'll
use that position in the same way, to enrich herself and her cronies. As for
the American people, well, we're just in her way, and she won't hesitate to
squash us like the bugs she believes we are.
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