Nearly 100% decline in Clinton Foundation donations after they’re no longer in power raises ethics concerns

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Pretty much everyone knows the Clintons are dirty and now others are beginning to take notice, given the Clinton Foundation’s precipitous decline in receipt of donations since neither of them any longer carry political sway.

Some of those who have started to take notice are ethics watchdogs, alarmed by the decline and believing it shows signs of political corruption.

As John McClane said in “Die Hard,” “Welcome to the party, pal!”

 

The Daily Caller reports that financial disclosures indicate there has been a significant decline in donations to the Clinton Foundation following the couple’s fall from political power.

For example, last year the foundation received some $16.3 million in contributions according to their newly released Form 990.

That represented a decrease of 93.6% from 2009, when the foundation received nearly $250 million while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State. Coincidence? Not likely.

One such watchdog, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) expressed reservations about the significant decline.

“For years, the Clinton Foundation raised ethical concerns and blurred lines between the foundation, private entities and the State Department,” said Scott Amey, General Counsel for the organization, a nonpartisan, independent government corruption watchdog organization.

“Money was pouring in when Hillary Clinton was a senior official and a candidate for president. The fact that foundation donors received special access to the Secretary of State isn’t surprising, nor is the fall in foundation funding after her 2016 election loss,” Amey said.

“Many people thought people were supporting the former president, but it really looks like they were cozying up to who they thought was going to be the future president—a situation that can’t be repeated.”

Amey then addressed other ethics concerns, this involving former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, noting it was time for Congress to do something and pass substantial ethics reform legislation.

“Now, with ethics concerns raised about Mnuchin and Kushner, as well as judges, it is vital that Congress put politics aside and pass an ethics reform package for all three branches of government.

Congress must eliminate conflicts of interest, restrict special access, prevent trading on insider knowledge, and stop public servants who cash in for personal or private gain. Recent surveys show that corruption is a major public concern, but with the foxes guarding the henhouse, I’m unsure who will step forward to fix the problem,” said Amey.

Meanwhile, Anna Massoglia, an investigative researcher at OpenSecrets, a non-profit transparency organization which tracks money in politics also weighted in on the decline in Clinton cash.

“We’ve been seeing a decline in the cash flow to the Clinton Foundation since the 2016 presidential election,” she said. She said the Clinton Foundation claims the downturn is “due to a lack of events due to the inability to have conferences,” a reference to the coronavirus, which Massoglia acknowledged made sense.

“During the presidential election, of course, Clinton had said they were going to step back from the foundation for the duration of the election, and if she came into office that they would wind things down.

However, because she was not elected, it was not expected that the foundation would get smaller for any other reason, at least externally,” Massoglia continued.

Massoglia and OpenSecrets in 2018 were the first to obtain the Clinton Foundation’s 990 form which showed a $38.4 intake of revenue, slightly higher than the previous year but way below the amount in years where the Clintons maintained some semblance of political influence.

Submitted in concert with the 2020 990 filing, Clinton Foundation CEO Keven Thurm wrote a letter in which he claimed “2020 was a difficult year for philanthropy” no doubt citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite those claims, Massoglia noted many other non-profits did well in 2020, including “non-profits in the left-leaning space who are aligned with either very liberal activists or politicians who did see growth last year.”

Continuing, she said:

“A number of left-leaning and liberal-leaning non-profits were positioning themselves within this non-profit space to push policies during the Biden administration. So you did see some non-profits on the left continue to grow pretty significantly in the lead up to the election, dither due to fundraising around the election or anticipation of pushing certain policies.”

Many voters are also concerned about corruption in the federal government, according to a POGO survey conducted among likely voters in 2022 in the battleground states of Michigan and Ohio, with over 70 percent of participants either “very” or “extremely” concerned about corruption.

In both states, 81 percent believe corruption is widespread throughout the federal government, while 90 percent think that federal government corruption costs taxpayers a significant sum of money.

The Clinton Foundation has been the source of significant scrutiny for unethical behavior over the past twenty years or so.

For example, a 2016 Associated Press report showed that at least 85 of 154 individuals representing private interests who met with Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State donated to the Clinton Foundation and its global programs.

Those 85 donors contributed approximately $156 million to the Clinton Foundation.

While Clinton was serving as the lead diplomat, the foundation received tens of millions of dollars in donations from seven foreign governments, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Algeria, all of whom have questionable human rights records, the Washington Post reported.

When Clinton received her nomination as Secretary of State, it was done so under the condition that only foreign governments who donated to the foundation prior to 2008 could continue to do so.

Yet, the Clinton Foundation accepted a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government in 2010, a violation of the agreement with the State Department ethics office.

Moreover at that time, that nation was in the midst of lobbying the State Department while at the same time being the subject of a State report the country was involved in human rights violations.

In yet another questionable transaction, a 2015 New York Times expose of the January 2013 purchase of Canadian energy firm Uranium One by Russia’s atomic energy agency Rosatom showed several donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Between 2009 and 2013, as Russia assumed control of Uranium One and with it a significant piece of the global uranium supply, that company’s chairman donated $2.35 million to the foundation.

Those contributions and donations were not publicly disclosed by the Clinton Foundation, a violation of an agreement between Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House requiring all donors to be publicly named.

Moreover, Bill Clinton earned a $500,000 speaking fee for a speech at a Kremlin-linked Russian investment bank that promoted Uranium One stock, which came just after Russia announced their intent to purchase a majority stake in the company.

In her role as head of the State Department, Hillary Clinton sat on the committee which voted to approve the sale of Uranium One to the Russians.

A 2016 ABC News investigation obtained several State Department emails from 2010 between Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin and Doug Band, a top Clinton Foundation official in which they were planning a lunch with then Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Three executives from UBS, the Rockefeller Foundation and Western Union, all of whom donated over $1 million to the foundation, were invited to join the lunch. Band asked Abedin if then-vice president Joe Biden could sit with the Rockefeller Foundation president, to which Abedin replied, “I’ll ask.”

Massoglia, who oversees OpenSecret’s dark money in politics data noted there “is really a very clear picture of the revenue continuing to stay high during the [Clinton Foundation’s] peak when foreign governments and other donors might have had an interest in swaying policy versus when the revenue started to drop after Clinton’s election loss.”

She continued to explain that whenever foreign interests donate money to non-profits closely allied with politicians such as the Clintons, it has “the potential to sway the policies that the non-profit may push as well as the politician.”

That could lead to influence peddling and also the ability to “buy influence but buy access to a politician and to others within that politico sphere,” she said.

Massoglia said that “in particular with the Clinton Foundation, there are examples of these events with high profile individuals in DC which can be a ripe environment for carrying influence.”

The Clintons? Dirty? Please say it isn’t so…

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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