Pass the Popcorn!!!


From the WSJ article: 

HASTINGS, Neb.—The Clinton Global Initiative, which arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems, set up a financial commitment that benefited a for-profit company part-owned by people with ties to the Clintons, including a current and a former Democratic official and a close friend of former President Bill Clinton.
The $2 million commitment was placed on the agenda for a September 2010 conference of the Clinton Global Initiative at Mr. Clinton’s urging, according to a document from the period and people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Clinton also personally endorsed the company, Energy Pioneer Solutions Inc., to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu for a federal grant that year, said people with knowledge of the endorsement.

The company, whose business plan was to insulate people’s homes and let them pay via their utility bills, received an $812,000 Energy Department grant. Mr. Chu, now a professor at Stanford University, said he didn’t remember the conversation.

The Clinton Global Initiative is a program of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The foundation has been a focus of criticism this political season over donations received from governments and corporations that had business before Mrs. Clinton when she was secretary of state and that could be affected by decisions she would make as president. The foundation has said it “has strong donor integrity and transparency practices.”
The Clinton Global Initiative’s help for a for-profit company part-owned by Clinton friends poses a different issue. Under federal law, tax-exempt charitable organizations aren’t supposed to act in anyone’s private interest but instead in the public interest, on broad issues such as education or poverty.

“The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests,” the Internal Revenue Service says on its website.

Energy Pioneer Solutions was founded in 2009 by Scott Kleeb, a Democrat who twice ran for Congress from Nebraska. An internal document from that year showed it as owned 29% by Mr. Kleeb; 29% by Jane Eckert, the owner of an art gallery in Pine Plains, N.Y.; and 29% by Julie Tauber McMahon of Chappaqua, N.Y., a close friend of Mr. Clinton, who also lives in Chappaqua.

Owning 5% each were Democratic National Committee treasurer Andrew Tobias and Mark Weiner, a supplier to political campaigns and former Rhode Island Democratic chairman, both longtime friends of the Clintons.

The Clinton Global Initiative holds an annual conference at which it announces monetary commitments from corporations, individuals or nonprofit organizations to address global challenges—commitments on which it has acted in a matchmaking role. Typically, the commitments go to charities and nongovernmental organizations. The commitment to Energy Pioneer Solutions was atypical because it originated from a private individual who was making a personal financial investment in a for-profit company.

Graphic by and from The Wall Street Journal


Meanwhile, over at The New York Times, NO MENTION of this story. None at all, so Hillary took it as a sign and an opportunity to insert her ad over the masthead.

In my world, that ad would play SO well with the WSJ story. If only…………



20 thoughts on “Pass the Popcorn!!!

  1. The only people who thought the Clinton Foundation was eleemosynary were those supporting her campaign for president. You don’t get that rich so fast after the WH gig without greasing a few palms. They are corrupt through and through. The big question will be if Bernie makes this an issue to boost his nomination. Doubt it but one can only hope.

    1. Hadn’t thought about the Bernie piece of the story. I believe Bernie was quoted recently saying he would NOT attack HRC on the foundation or emails. It seems fair game to me and to be sure Trump will use it.

        1. You think *Bernie* will use it? I’m not so sure. The wsj wrote that Bernie CAN win the Dem nomination but the talking asses at MSNBC can’t wrap their little heads around any plan that has Hillary losing. It’s a fun game watching squirrels chase nuts.

          *I’m thinking by he in your comment you meant Trump, not Bernie.

        2. Trump will, Bernie might 🤔
          I think the dems will parachute Biden in with Squaw Liawatha as VP before crazy Bernie can capture the nomination.

        3. Ya know, I would have say no way a hundred times that Biden might get in after he said he couldn’t but in the last few days, what with his interview with Robin Roberts where he claimed he’d be the best president (cough cough) and also made the claim that he’d have chosen Eliz Warren, I do think there is a chance he could jump in. I also used to think that if Biden entered the race, no R could win. I have evolved saying at this point The Donald is close to invincible. Hey, if the Donald can disavow his BUTLER and Americans don’t roll their eyes, he’s a shoe-in.

        4. Isn’t the world strange? The rapper Azealia Banks, who had previously called for Sarah Palin’s gang-rape, and just recently been defending Trump from all manner of trash talk (on twitter), has her twitter account suspended because of some comment to one of those One direction losers. The left can say all kinds of hateful things, but, somebody’s EX-butler makes an ill-conceived post on FB and all hell breaks loose. Go ahead and banish me from these pages, but, I agree with the butler about the traitor in the WH.

        5. I’m woefully behind on my trash reading – I need to catch up rapper Azealia’s doings. Where’s People Magazine when you need one?

          I’m also woefully uninformed about Trump’s butler (ex?) and all he’s said or not said. I see I have a lot of reading to do before tomorrow test.

        6. Gee, I am old. Rinse FM. Nope. Zayn Malik. Nope. Mood boarding. Nope. Is that anything like waterboarding because the whole conversation is sure torture to my way of thinking. Where’s Mr. Mellow Perry Como when you need him?

  2. The WaPo announced its hired steam of twenty reporters to dig up everything they can on Trump. They are even bragging about doing this. Had they hired even ONE reporter to dug into the Clinton Foundation they would have unearthed this information eons ago. The media will make little of this. Hillary will claim it’s nothing or the vast right wing after her again and she’ll mosey her way into victory lane at the Democratic convention.

    1. I heard about the Washington Post hire. You only made one mistake in your comment. You referred to the team as reporters. Nope, they are hired guns. Thugs.

  3. No Trump fanboy here but they’re too late. Trump has enthusiastic supporters who will not be dissuaded by hit jobs positioned as news stories. Hillary’s negatives totally outweigh the lack of energy and enthusiasm for her campaign. Say what you will about old Bernie but he has done her a lot of damage merely by showing she’s not invincible. As for Bill, nowadays he pretty much comes off as a nasty old crackka.

    1. My recollection says you are (were?) a Cruz supporter so I understand your reluctance to be on board with Trump. I think of all the Republicans I know, the ones having the most trouble seeing Trump as viable as president are those who wanted Cruz as the nominee.

      As for Bernie, I don’t discount for one second his ability to do damage to Hillary. I do feel he is way too kind to her, in some deferential way that’s odd for a campaign for president. Not that I’m advocating Bernie take the Trump approach to devouring competition, but Bernie could do A LOT more to cause Hillary to lose the nod.

      Bill is looking and sounding very old.

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