The Clinton Foundation charity operated acted as a de facto employment assistance program for Hillary Clinton’s once and future political advisors and should be investigated by the IRS for potentially violating charitable organization rules, according to a piece by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.
Strassel cites a long list of Clinton operatives who were either directly employed by or paid as consultants by the Foundation, including Sidney Blumenthal, who received $10,000 per year for doing something – just what not being entirely clear.
Strassel writes that the Foundation was notable for its unusually large – for a charity – personnel and travel costs and that such organizations normally have far more charity professionals, as opposed to political campaign workers.
One, Dennis Chang, appears to have built his fundraising rolodex at the charity and then taken it with him directly the the Hillary 2016 campaign.
Other senior officials have floated back and forth from Hillary’s political world to the charity:
Longtime aide Cheryl Mills served as general counsel to Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 campaign, then worked at State. She then joined the board of directors of the foundation and remains on it still, even as she works on Clinton 2016 . . .
Maura Pally was until recently the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation. Her training for this important job was working as a lawyer in the Clinton White House, as a counsel to Hillary 2008, and in cultural affairs at the State Department.
Then there’s Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, who worked as traveling chief of staff during the 2008 campaign, then went to State. There she was granted a special arrangement to continue earning money as a private-sector consultant. Among those she consulted for? The Clinton Foundation. Ms. Abedin has transitioned back as vice chairman of Mrs. Clinton 2016 campaign.
Just think if the Clintons get back into the White House. Beyond Hillary and Huma, there will be Bill, with absolutely nothing to do as First Gentleman other than think of ways to parlay his residence into cash, power, extravagant travel and sumptuous events.
It will make the Lincoln Bedroom racket and the Johnny Chung scandal look like phony phone call pranks.