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How a Clinton Insider Used His Ties to Build a Consulting Giant--Politico Investigative Report



Hillary gave a special State Department post to an ex-fundraiser — even as he was laying the groundwork for a global firm with ties to her husband called Teneo.

By Rachael Bade

04/13/16 05:56 AM EDT

When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state she personally sought out a man named Declan Kelly to be her economic envoy to Northern Ireland, giving her 41-year-old former fundraiser a special status outside normal diplomatic channels.

“Yeah! Is he now official? Can I call him? Can I ask him to start?” she wrote in an Aug. 28, 2009 email to her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

By some measures, Kelly was a bargain for the government. The Ireland-born businessman refused a salary, hired five staffers on his own dime and pushed for U.S. companies to invest in the once-troubled region, a diplomatic priority for Clinton.

But while serving as Clinton’s special envoy, reaching out to global corporations for those investments, he was also working for two of them as a private consultant — earning about $2.4 million from Dow Chemical, a longtime client of his and one of the firms that participated in Clinton’s Ireland initiative.

It was also during this time period that Kelly and Doug Band, a close aide to former President Bill Clinton, were preparing to launch a global consulting business that would soon become a well-known and controversial success story. Their new venture, Teneo Holdings, would go on to employ numerous Hillary Clinton associates, including her closest confidante, Huma Abedin, and, for a time, Bill Clinton as “honorary chairman,” giving clients rare access to the couple and their network of world leaders.

The fact that Kelly and Band were laying the groundwork for their enterprise while Kelly was working for the State Department, reported here for the first time, represents a fresh illustration of the blurring of the lines between Hillary Clinton’s political network and her State Department that critics have long noted. And it shows how one enterprising fundraiser was able to insinuate himself into Clinton's inner circle and then built a 500-person, multinational consulting firm whose value, at least at first, was greatly enhanced by its founders’ closeness to the Clintons.

Continued at......

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/teneo-final-221807

Jake Tapper Evan Perez "FACT CHECK" Hillary Clinton Past Email Statements as ' Clear Violation ’

Jake Tapper Evan Perez Fact Check Hillary Clinton Past Email Statements as ' Clear Violation ’
Published on May 25, 2016

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"Bernie Sanders and the Widening Political Spectrum"--Jeff Cohen of "Roots Action"

Bernie Sanders and the Widening Political Spectrum

Uploaded on May 23, 2016

Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org says Sanders has broken through mainstream media and proven the existence of the progressive left by running as a Democratic candidate


"Sanders and Class Struggle in the Democratic Party"--TRNN with Paul Jay

Sanders and Class Struggle in the Democratic Party
May 19, 2016 On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Sanders supporters Bill Curry and Jonathan Tasini discuss the fight in Nevada and the significance of the battle between Sanders and Wasserman Schultz

Published on May 18, 2016

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Sanders' supporters Bill Curry and Jonathan Tasini discuss the fight in Nevada and the significance of the battle between Sanders and Wasserman Schultz

Readers Please go to the Link for Full Transcript at:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=16363



"Sanders and Class Struggle in the Democratic Party"--TRNN with Paul Jay

Sanders and Class Struggle in the Democratic Party
May 19, 2016 On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Sanders supporters Bill Curry and Jonathan Tasini discuss the fight in Nevada and the significance of the battle between Sanders and Wasserman Schultz

Published on May 18, 2016

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Sanders' supporters Bill Curry and Jonathan Tasini discuss the fight in Nevada and the significance of the battle between Sanders and Wasserman Schultz

Full Transcript at:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=16363



Seizing Chance...Sanders Chooses his "Bold Progressive 5 Picks" to Shape DNC Platform

Seizing Chance, Sanders Makes Bold Progressive Picks to Shape DNC Platformby
Lauren McCauley, staff writer--Common Dreams--Monday, May 23, 2016

Though compromised allotment falls short of Sanders' suggestion, Vermont Senator doesn't waste opportunity to make progressive choices

Seizing on the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) reluctant concession allowing him to appoint five members to the committee that writes the party platform, Bernie Sanders on Monday announced a suite of picks that included activists across the progressive sphere.

Sanders' appointees to the 15-member Platform Drafting Committee include: racial justice activist and scholar Dr. Cornel West, 350.org co-founder and noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, Native American activist Deborah Parker, Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and James Zogby, a pro-Palestinian scholar as well as founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI).

The announcement came roughly two weeks after Sanders sent a letter to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) accusing her of stacking the party's three standing committees, including the drafting committee, with "Clinton loyalists."


According to the Washington Post, party officials and the two Democratic candidates "worked out" a compromise "based on the number of popular votes each has received to date." Under the agreement, frontrunner Hillary Clinton would be allotted six members and Sanders five, while Wasserman Schultz will name four.

The final selections were made "in consultation with the campaigns and the DNC from larger slates of 12 and 10 suggested by the campaigns," the Post reports.

The deal falls short of Sanders' recommendation that each campaign choose seven members for the Drafting Committee and the 15th member would jointly picked by the two campaigns. Nonetheless, it is an improvement over the standing rule, under which the DNC chair would consider a list of ten names from each candidate, choose four from each and then appoint an additional seven.

"We believe that we will have the representation on the platform drafting committee to create a Democratic platform that reflects the views of millions of our supporters who want the party to address the needs of working families in this country and not just Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry and other powerful special interests," Sanders said in a statement.


The list of progressive appointees was welcomed widely. Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein noted on Twitter that two of Sanders' picks "were arrested for peaceful civil disobedience during Obama years," referring to West and McKibben.

As for the remaining appointees, the Post reports:

The Clinton campaign’s choices are Wendy Sherman, a former top State Department official and Clinton surrogate; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and longtime Clinton confidante; Rep. Luis Guttierez of Illinois; Carol Browner, a former former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece and Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Wasserman Schultz also named former California Rep. Howard Berman; California Rep. Barbara Lee and author and executive Bonnie Schaefer.


The platform announcement comes amid a growing rift between the Sanders campaign and the DNC, which has been accused of deliberately rigging the system in Clinton's favor.

Over the weekend, Sanders threw his weight behind Tim Canova, who is running a progressive challenge to Wasserman Schultz's House seat, and said that if he wins the presidency that the chairwoman "would not be reappointed."

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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/23/seizing-chance-sanders-makes-bold-progressive-picks-shape-dnc-platform

NBC: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under FBI Investigation For Possible Campaign Violations


Politics
May 23 2016, 5:29 pm ET
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under FBI Investigation For Possible Campaign Violations
by Pete Williams--NBC News


The FBI is investigating whether Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign accepted illegal contributions, law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News.

Federal officials say for the past several months, the FBI has been looking at whether McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for governor of Virginia accepted political contributions that were forbidden by federal law.

McAuliffe is a one-time board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton and likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2000 to 2005, McAuliffe was also a co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Records show more than 100 donors contributed to both the foundation and McAuliffe's campaign.

Federal officials say investigators are looking at those overlaps and are especially interested in contributions from Wang Wenliang, a Chinese politician. The investigation was first reported by CNN.

Contributions by foreign nationals in U.S. elections are barred, but Wang's spokesperson says he has permanent U.S. resident status.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/plea-change-guccifer-hacker-who-says-he-breached-clinton-server-n578766

"Sounds of Silence"....Once Again...as We Move Forward...

The Sounds of Silence:

New Version for Sanders. Remembering my radicalization of the Simon & Garfunkle version is called to emotion from this version...which builds as one listens.

- The Sound of Silence - Lyrics in Description
Published on Apr 16, 2016

A tribute to Bernie Sanders and the song.


Where is the JOY in Candidates in this Campaign?

Remember the Passion and Joy of the Obama Campaign?

Where is it in this Campaign following Obama?

The Only Joy I have seen is with Bernie Sanders. Others may differ...but, does anyone feel the Obama Momentum in this Campaign between Trump and Hillary/Bill ...WITHOUT Bernie Sanders in the race?

Moving Forward? Hillary/Bill vs Trump?

Some might trash me for including Bill in the equation. But just this past week, Hillary said he would be in charge of her Economic policy for American's who are Struggling! So...that puts Bill in as a Co-President taking care of Domestic Policy.

But...is it Joyful? It seems to me the Repubs are pretty Joyful over "Trump for Change" and as enthusiastic in voting as we all were for Obama.

How do we deal with that when there are so many on the Left of the Dem Party who voted for Obama because he was such an incredible Breaking of Barriers Candidate with odds against him more than any other Presidential Candidate that I can remember, since Kennedy had to explain WHY that "being a Catholic" wouldn't mean he would Govern by listening to The Pope! Obama had to deal with a "Birther" RW Movement trying to discredit him.

But, Obama broke all barriers against Racial discrimination and managed to be elected with JOY! Is it enough that Hillary/Bill would be the First Female President when we have examples of Female Government Leaders who've turned out to be nothing different than their Male counterparts when it comes to Governing. But, they ran on their own and not with their husbands in tow.

I always think of Margaret Thatcher as the Ultimate Feminist Success...but, there are so many more who have run into problems later on. Angela Merkle has so far survived...but, when one gets to the level of "Head of a Country"...then the Women and Men are judged by performance and Legacy is what goes down in the history books.

SO...Where is the JOY (without Bernie Sanders) in this Race for the 2016 Nomination?













Ahhh...Those Pesky Income Tax Returns...Can't wait for Trump's returns...if he Ever Releases.


Clinton Foundation refiles tax returns

It is correcting errors that came to light during Hillary Clinton's campaign.

By Josh Gerstein and Kenneth P. Vogel

Updated 11/16/15 10:57 PM EST
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When POLITICO raised questions earlier this year about the omission from those disclosures of some paid speeches by former President Bill Clinton, officials said the fees for those speeches went to the foundation and were treated as payment for a service rendered on behalf of the foundation. Clinton aides said that as a result the payments did not need to be disclosed even though the forms require listing payments directed to charities in lieu of honoraria.

The foundation also filed its 2014 return Monday, disclosing that money the charity took in from speeches by the Clintons surged in 2014 to $3.6 million.

In a statement, the foundation appears to acknowledge that for at least three years, its tax returns reported speech income in a manner inconsistent with financial disclosure forms Hillary Clinton filed as secretary of state.


However, in a statement Monday, the foundation acknowledged that from 2010 to 2012, such payments were recorded in the organization’s tax filings as donations to the charity. “President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton have supported the Foundation by giving speeches on its behalf. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, this funding was listed under the statement of revenue as part of other charitable contributions,” the statement said.

The foundation said its 2013 return filed last year treated speech payments differently, recording them as revenue.That treatment is more accurate and comports with what speech sponsors were told in contracts and correspondence, the statement said. “Consistent with this treatment as a fee-for-service and not a donation, the Foundation did not send any donor acknowledgement letters to these speech hosts,” the foundation said.

The newly filed 2014 return and amended returns for the previous three years break out “speech revenue” on a separate line and categorize it as a payment for a service, not a donation.

The figures show speech-related payments to the foundation totaled about $1.1 million in 2010, dropped slightly to about $980,000 in 2011, before ticking up markedly to nearly $1.5 million in 2012 and $1.8 million in 2013--and then doubling in 2014.

However, those sums are still just a fraction of what the Clintons made personally on speeches in recent years. Hillary Clinton pulled in almost $10.5 million in speaking fees last year, while her husband made $9.7 million, before expenses, according to tax returns that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign released in April.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/clinton-foundation-refiles-tax-returns-215959
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