Sidney Blumenthal, the long-time Clinton family adviser and loyalist, is under scrutiny recently regarding emailed intelligence he provided to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. At the time Blumenthal was a paid employee of The Clinton Foundation to the tune of $10,000 a month and may have been a paid employee of Media Matters and American Bridge, two David Brock founded organizations assisting in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Blumenthal was added to the payroll of the Clintons’ global philanthropy in 2009 — not long after advising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — at the behest of former president Bill Clinton, for whom he had worked in the White House, say the sources.
While Blumenthal’s foundation job focused on highlighting the legacy of Clinton’s presidency, some officials at the charity questioned his value and grumbled that his hiring was a favor from the Clintons, according to people familiar with the foundation. They say that, during a 2013 reform push, Blumenthal was moved to a consulting contract that came with a similar pay rate but without benefits — an arrangement that endured until March.
The Wall Street Journal, never a fan of The Clintons, is much less charitable in it’s description of Blumenthal’s many overlapping roles within ClintonWorld:
Mr. Blumenthal was on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation at the same time he was being paid by groups helping Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run, at the same time he was advising a U.S. business seeking Libyan contracts, at the same time he was secretly advising Secretary of State Clinton about Libya. Every top American diplomat apparently needs a good man Friday who no one else knows about.
The Clinton Foundation is not and never has been a charity. Bill and Hillary created it in 2001 as a vehicle to assist their continuing political ambitions, in particular Mrs. Clinton’s run for the White House. Any good the foundation does is incidental to its bigger role as a fund-raising network and a jobs program for Clinton political operatives.
While the controversy is not likely to derail Hillary Clinton’s Presidential aspirations, it is providing easy fodder for the Republican field to attack with and Blumenthal’s upcoming testimony to the House Benghazi investigation may provide further insight into the inner workings of ClintonWorld.[Politico][The Wall Street Journal]