The information revealed in the latest WikiLeaks dump is not going to be music to the Clintons’ ears.
Keeping up with its promise of releasing hacked emails in the build-up to Election Day, Wikileaks released a set of emails Thursday showing how a Bill Clinton aide helped him rake in a personal fortune of $50 million from donors of the Clinton Foundation after he stepped out of the Oval Office. The latest dump, apart from shedding light on the nefarious mechanisms employed by the Clinton machine to raise personal wealth through associations made via their charity organization, also lends credibility to accusations that the Clinton Foundation has repeatedly been used as a front to further the Clintons’ own business interests since its creation.
According to the Washington Post, the Wikileaks dump released Thursday contained a 13-page memo written by former Bill Clinton aide, Doug Band, showing how he and his team secured lucrative deals for Bill Clinton in speaking fees from the same organizations who also donated extensively to the Clinton Foundation.
“When top Bill Clinton aide Doug Band wrote the memo, he was a central player at the Clinton Foundation and president of his own corporate consulting firm. Over the course of 13 pages, he made a case that his multiple roles had served the interests of the Clinton family and its charity. In doing so, Band also detailed a circle of enrichment in which he raised money for the Clinton Foundation from top-tier corporations such as Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola that were clients of his firm, Teneo, while pressing many of those same donors to provide personal income to the former president.”
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Moreover, the memo also shows that Band encouraged the charity donors to heap lavish gifts on the Clinton family, which included but were not limited to “personal travel, hospitality, vacations.”
“We also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the president and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,” Band allegedly wrote in the memo.
The latest Wikileaks dump also shows Band leveraged his work at his global consulting firm, Teneo Strategies, “to persuade clients to contribute to the Clinton Foundation,” according to ABC News.
Band described his work as running “Bill Clinton Inc.”
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While it was already suspected, what the 13-page document confirms is that the Clinton Foundation — purportedly a charity organization — is tied closely and inextricably to the business interests of the Clinton family around the world. This revelation raises serious questions on the future of the Clinton Foundation and how its interests could influence decisions Hillary Clinton could be expected to make as the next president of the United States, should she be able to defeat Donald Trump in the general election.
As of now, the Clintons have not commented on the latest Wikileaks revelations, but Teneo has confirmed the authenticity of the memo. The company’s representative, however, remarked that what Band merely did was to encourage clients to “support the Clinton Foundation because of the good work that it does around the world.”
However, the revelations are certain to add pressure on Hillary, who could and should be subjected to tough questions by the media on the role the Clinton Foundation, claiming to be a “non profit” organization, has played in advancing the business interests of the Clinton family for the better part of the last two decades.
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Hillary Clinton, who is already not trusted by a major section of Americans for her lack of transparency and honesty, must explain to them how she seeks to untangle herself from the tarnished treasure trove that the Clinton Foundation is for her family. Because if Hillary becomes president, that impunity she enjoys now could only be expected to become more sordid and even dangerous.
If she fails to convince, then the latest Wikileaks dump might be enough to convince several people to cast their votes away from Hillary.
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