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Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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“Fascinating” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Schweizer lays out compelling patterns in which the timing of policy decisions or international deals relative to donations, transcends coincidence - or at least, merits closer inspection. He narrates with crisp prose and illuminating detail.” (Forbes)
“Thank goodness, then, for Peter Schweizer and his blockbuster expose “Clinton Cash” (The New York Post)
“…a highly effective takedown.” (Peggy Noonan)
“On any fair reading, the pattern of behavior that Schweizer has charged is corruption.” (Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School Professor)
“The new book Clinton Cash: is compelling reading on how Bill and Hillary have mixed personal wealth, power, and influence peddling.” (Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University Earth Institute Director)
“[Schweizer] is an equal-opportunity investigator, snaring Republicans as well as Democrats.” (Eleanor Clift, Progressive columnist)
“[Clinton Cash] provides a damning portrait of elite and circumspect power and influence.” (Nomi Prins, Demos Senior Fellow)
“Schweizer reports on the Clintons’ enormous graft and corruption…There never has been a family like this in American history, not the Longs of Louisiana, not the scamps at Tammany Hall. The Clintons are a first, and with the help of journalists and then investigators they could be the last.” (American Spectator)
From the Back Cover
Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their considerable wealth through lucrative book deals and speaking gigs that sometimes paid as much as $500,000–$750,000. But who paid these fees, and why? Often foreign businessmen and governments made the enormous payments, believing the Clintons would help advance their interests.
As Peter Schweizer reveals, the Clintons typically blur the lines between politics, philanthropy, and business. Consider the following: Bill flies into a third world country, where he spends time in the company of a businessman described as a "close personal friend." Introductions are made. A deal is struck—usually to exploit natural resources, such as uranium, oil, or timber, on a large and highly profitable scale. Soon after that, enormous contributions are made to the Clinton Foundation from those who benefited from the deal, while Bill is commissioned to deliver a series of highly paid speeches. Moreover, some of these deals require approval or review by the US government and fall within the purview of a powerful senator and secretary of state.
This scenario plays out again and again—in Kazakhstan, Colombia, and other places at the "Wild West" fringe of the global economy. Often the people involved are characters of a kind that an American ex-president (not to mention the spouse of a sitting senator, secretary of state, or presidential candidate) should have nothing to do with.
In this blockbuster exposé, Schweizer reveals
- the mysterious multimillion-dollar Foundation gift from an obscure Indian politician that coincided with Senator Clinton's reversal on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;
- how Secretary of State Clinton was involved in allowing the transfer of nearly 50 percent of US domestic uranium output to the Russian government, benefiting large donors to the Clinton Foundation;
- how multimillion-dollar contracts for Haiti disaster relief were awarded to donors and friends of Hillary and Bill;
- how Bill received large payments for speeches from foreign businesses and governments with matters pending before the State Department;
- how the Clintons' joint visit to Colombia was followed by the grant of lucrative logging rights to a Canadian billionaire, a top Clinton Foundation donor;
- how Bill received $2 million for speeches from the largest shareholder in the Keystone Pipeline project, even as Hillary played a role in approving it.
Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced, Clinton Cash raises serious and alarming questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and, ultimately, of fitness for high public office.
Top Customer Reviews
I was amazed by how this book was both incredibly readable and incredibly well-sourced. I could easily work through it and if something caught my interest I could quickly dive deeper into the sources provided, many of which were available online.
I'm not sure how much this will affect Clinton's campaign but I do think everybody in America should be aware of the contents of this book. Maybe if they were, we could have a REAL Democratic primary!
It has long been illegal for foreigners to contribute to U.S. political campaigns. Yet, that hasn't deterred the Clintons from this parallel practice. Further, the amounts of these donations, per Schweizer, are often far larger than allowable campaign contributions. Thus, the Clintons have become quite wealthy - Bill Clinton receiving $105 million in speaking fees through 2012..(Also donations to the Clinton library, the Democratic Party, etc.) This pattern of major donations followed by major beneficial U.S. government acts (eg. dropping proposed regulations, DOJ investigations, and the Marc Rich pardon) began in 1999 while Clinton was still president.
An obvious question - Why haven't these foreign donors (eg. in India) given money directly to local charities instead of to the Clinton Foundation? Another - Doesn't this make Hillary's deleting innumerable official emails while Secretary of State especially suspicious?
Prior to Hillary's being approved as Secretary of State, a detailed agreement was worked out requiring public notification of gifts from foreign entities and businessmen, as well as prior approval for donations from foreign government-owned businesses. Unfortunately, this agreement was almost immediately violated.
The bulk of Schweizer's excellent report consists of detailing various donations and possibly associated U.S. government actions.Read more ›
Mind you, Hillary was the one claiming poverty when trying to get mortgages (plural) for their homes (also plural). They were part of the political wing that vilified Romney for his wealth without ever blushing at their being in the same ball park as him. Romney at least made his money in the private sector. The Clintons seem to have made theirs by trading on the political connections and power while dancing on a razor’s edge away from the legal definition of illegality. And somehow, for the Clintons and their acolytes, if they aren’t on videotape actually admitting to taking cash for delivering political favors it somehow never happened.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very through take on a very corrupt family. Unfortunately, most people won't take the time or put in the effort to understand the nuances involved.Published 14 minutes ago by B. Kirkland
Very well researched and believable book.I was shocked while reading it at the blatent corruption by the Clintons. The book was very easy to read and I read it in two days. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by emm
This book is very well written and the level of research that was done by this team of people is impressive. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Medic Dave
The only people who would not like this excellent books are Clinton lovers..Published 1 day ago by himom
The book is more sensationalism then hard facts. It look author just wanted to show is hate towards Clinton. Read morePublished 1 day ago by haris
Great book - well documented.
I'd recommend having a Barf Bag nearby when reading the sordid details. Read more
The "research" in this propo piece is beyond a joke. Most propaganda is at least entertaining, but this is a snooze-fest. At least it is written on the 2nd grade level.Published 3 days ago by wabanzi
Every American citizen who plans to vote in the November election should read this book before casting a vote. This book is a true eye opener.Published 3 days ago by james grady white