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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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“They made speeches for a lot of money and then things happened, I mean, if you read that book, that book is amazing. ” (Donald Trump, quoted in Breitbart News)
“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.
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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. The most glaring - selling control of a major U.S. uranium resource to Russia, while we don't even have enough of that invaluable fuel for our own current power needs. He also points out that the Clinton's most 'profitable' responses don't occur in nations where business and politics are separated by rules (eg. Germany, G.B.), but 'in despotic areas of the world where the rules are very different.' There, when the government needed to help a Clinton supporter/cause was, naturally, a despot, Bill Clinton would even praise that person for his 'enlightened rule.' Another damning observation - 'In his first eight years on the global lecture circuit, Bill had never been paid to speak in Nigeria. But once Hillary was appointed secretary of state, he booked two of his top three highest-paid speeches ever by traveling to Nigeria, pulling in a whopping $700,000 each.'
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. As you read the evidence around the transactions reported in this book, I think you have to have some pretty thick rose colored lenses to not see some difficulty in the connections, arrangements, deals, payments, and reporting of the transactions as required by law. But we can each judge for ourselves. The Clintons hope you will reject the book. Hillary’s opponents hope you will either embrace it, or at least begin asking some probing questions of your own and go digging for more evidence.
The Clintons have a well-practiced and effective Method of dealing with an immediate crisis caused when yet another scandal arises, and they always do with these two. It works like this: The scandal breaks and Team Clinton immediately sends out people like Begala and Carville to attack the reporters, whistleblowers, or regular folks who dare tell the world what is going on. Another group of somewhat more removed Clintonistas hit the air, cable, and print media to deny the scandal outright. The Clintons avoid speaking for as long as possible. The idea is to consume as many of the information cycles as possible with their own accusations and denials to overwhelm the scandal outright. If they can’t do that and they must speak, they know it doesn’t matter what they say. It can be directly in conflict with the evidence because they have put so much by way of denial in the media that the “fair” media will quote the denials as if they were legitimate bits of evidence, too. Eventually, another event comes along and bumps this scandal from the headlines and then it will either go away or, if it does come back into view, they just refuse to discuss it as old news and declare that the public knows it was politically motivated and that there is nothing to it. Really. This is their method. And it works for them. Absurdly; it works.
You can see a similar method used by those on the Left here on Amazon and right here with this book. They will latch on to a book they hate and provide a vast number of one-star "reviews" of a sentence or two that say nothing at all except claiming the book is all lies, or old and outdated claims that have been disproven, or that the author is in thrall to the Koch brothers or some other Conservative paymaster. They often use fake names so you can't even tell if the same person is posting multiple attacks using multiple accounts. It is always the same. The idea is to overwhelm the book with so many reviews that the real reviews get hidden in the clutter and people just stop looking and reading. Do you see this pattern? Of course you do. It is right in front of your eyes.
The Clintons have raked in billions for their foundation (The Family Business) by using another well-oiled and smoothly running operation that works something like this. You can see a version of it in every deal cited in this book.
A super rich person the Clintons want as a donor and who needs or wants a piece of influence peddled for them by the Clinton Machine for their nation, oil venture, uranium deals, their for profit university, their “non-profit” charity, telemarketing business, or whatever, walks into the shadow of the great Sun of the Clinton Sphere of Influence. Checks are written to the Clinton Foundations, fabulously rich speaking fees are paid, and lavish travel and accommodations are provided to Bill and/or Hillary. While on scene giving the speech, photo opportunities and favorable stories are provided on camera to great fanfare and wide media coverage for the charitable work being publicized. Once the lights, cameras, and recorders are turned off and in the quiet after the reporters go off to wherever it is reporters go when not flacking for the Clintons, deals are worked out in quiet rooms without anything being done directly that breaks the law or at least not recorded and becoming evidence for breaking the law. Remember, this is all about access to the Clinton world. They provide connections to a vast entourage of connected influencers. The price of admission are the big donations to the Clinton Foundation and the fees to Bill and Hillary.
But unseemly is not illegal and seems to be something the Clintons are very comfortable with as they “do good” in the world for their Foundation. More money flows to the Foundation in seven figures and more. Mere millions are minor donations according to Lanny Davis on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Somehow, despite assurances of transparency by Bill and Hillary, these donations are generally not reported until they are caught not reporting them. Even when they are caught in a compromising position, the media barely talks about it because the Clintons declare them an oversight and promise to fix them right away. And because the public is never told to care it doesn’t pay attention to the absurdity of this level of corruption by someone running for President; essentially for a third and fourth term of the Clinton Machine.
The issues raised by Schweitzer in this book are serious and the Clintons need to answer for the vast ocean of money raised. We have already seen them admit to more than $30 million raised from more than a thousand donors that they never reported to authorities as was required by law and their own promises of transparency. That seems far too systematic and large-scale to be the mere mistake they want us to believe. Will the press hold them accountable? We shall see. I hope so, but won't hold my breath. What I honestly don't get is how Progressives who honestly believe in their agenda can stomach this kind of naked profiteering, money grubbing, influence peddling, and corruption so enthusiastically. Over the years we have seen that there is no shame from the Clintons; ever. But from the entire Democrat party? From all the Progressive Media? I mean the way the Clintons behave would make a Tammany Hall blush and Huey Long stare at their operations in admiration at the audacity of it all.
Those of us who remember the scandals from the first and second Clinton Administrations do not want to go through them again. But their fans will forgive them anything. Anything. And the Clintons have more than $2 billion raised by their vast machine to ensure they regain the Whitehouse.
Will we let them have it?
I hope not.
This book will never persuade anyone who is already worshipping at the altar of Hillary. Not because it fails to present convincing evidence and powerful arguments, but because those who already believe in Our Hillary - Right Or Wrong are not looking for evidence or weighing arguments.
While the book is interesting to those of us who could never be persuaded to vote for her under any circumstance whatsoever, the more interesting question is whether this book can get the traction with the public to start raising questions in the minds of those who might be leaning towards Hillary but have concerns or are leaning away from her and need a little more to move further away. I hope it does. In any case, I hope you get the book, read it with an open mind and think about the ridiculous number of coincidences the Clintons want you to believe don’t provide evidence of corrupt dealing.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson – Saline, MI