The Clinton Foundation has been making the news a bit more during the election, but for the most part, this $200 billion dollar charity institution has flown beneath the radar. Apart from brief mention, there is very little information readily available, but honest reporters do dig and a few have found shocking answers.
Bernie Sanders weighed in, but only when pushed in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Hot Air reports that Sanders has remained silent on Hillary’s shady issues. Sanders has endeavored to run a clean, issue-driven campaign. He has refrained from muckraking even when there is muck to rake. When finally asked directly, though, Bernie responded frankly.
“You asked me about the Clinton Foundation. Do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships? You don’t have a lot of civil liberties, democratic rights in Saudi Arabia. You don’t have a lot of respect there for divergent, opposition points of view, for gay rights, for women’s rights. Yeah — do I have a problem with that? Yeah, I do.”
The Clinton Foundation, it seems, has at least one major whistleblower ready to speak out. Charles Ortel, the whistleblower that blew the lid off the General Electric financial discrepancies in 2008, has been quoted on the Free Beacon. He explains how he became suspicious of the charitable organization after a more or less routine check of their numbers.
“I decided it would be fun to cross-check what their donors thought they did when they donated to the Clinton Foundation, and that’s when I got really irritated, There are massive discrepancies between what some of the major donors say they gave to the Clinton Foundation to do, and what the Clinton Foundation said what they got from the donors and what they did with it.”
Hillary Clinton has accepted donations on the part of this organization, but Mr. Ortel said that the charity is not in compliance with state fund-raising registration laws, auditing rules, or disclosure requirements. Bill and Hillary started the foundation in 1997 but neglected to take the legal steps necessary to found a charity, including the ability to solicit funds as a public charity.
Mr. Ortel further alleges that the money collected was not used for the same purposes donors claim they donated it for. Even small charities and churches are held to the principle that if money is donated specifically for one purpose, it cannot be used for another.
The Clinton Foundation is definitely a huge priority to Charles Ortel. On Charles Ortel’s website, he displays his “Third Follow-up Letter to Donors, Charity Regulators, Investigative Journalists and Citizens World Wide.” The letter is an open warning that unabashedly labels the charity a fraud.
“Your help and encouragement in recent weeks is already bringing overdue attention upon the largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted– that being the network of illegal activities worldwide, whose heart is the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.”
Hillary Clinton’s involvement cannot be denied. She is named in the foundation’s title. She collects money in their name and has collected from foreign dignitaries while working as Secretary of State.
Charles Ortel continues to write about Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea’s charitable organization in his third follow-up open letter to donors, journalists, and world citizens.
“The Clinton Foundation…has been part of an international charity fraud network whose entire cumulative scale (counting inflows and outflows) approaches and may even exceed $100 billion measured from 1997 forward. Yet state, federal and foreign government authorities, that should be keenly aware of this massive set of criminal frauds, so far, move at a snail’s pace, perhaps waiting for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reveal the scope of its work and the nature of any findings.”
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Charles Ortel then urges readers to investigate further and to join him in prodding the Federal Trade Commission to reverse its decision not to undertake a review of the Clinton Foundation’s records. He cites the FTC’s usual vigilance and vigorous pursuit of smaller offenders and urges them to take action.
The Clinton Foundation, according to whistleblower Charles Ortel, is a fraud, and Bernie Sanders admits he has a problem with Hillary Clinton about it.
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