The Panama Papers leaked a month ago clearly show that while the names of Bill and Hillary Clinton have not, as of yet, been directly connected to the use of off-shore bank accounts to hide their wealth from the tax authorities, their many friends, associates, and donors do make use of such trickery.
Among those named in the papers as using the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca to set up offshore entities are Gabrielle Fialkoff, who served as Clinton’s finance director during her first campaign for the Senate in New York.
Fialkoff is also a senior adviser to Mayor de Blasio and director of the city’s Office of Strategic Partnership.
Another name from the papers is billionaire Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and longtime crony of Bill Clinton who has donated $100 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Yet another name from the paper is The Chagoury Group, an international developer based in West Africa that has pledged $1 billion in projects to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Additional names include Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was at the center of a Democratic fund-raising scandal during the Clinton administration, and Marc Rich, the notorious international fugitive pardoned by Bill Clinton in his final hours as president in 2001.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Theresa Heinz have invested in at least 11 tax avoidance vehicles mainly in the Cayman Islands, another well known tax haven. This would not be the first instance of highly appointed members of the Obama Administration having hypocritical tax issues.
In late April it was also revealed that another ClintonWorld Crony and Clinton Foundation Donor, Muhammad Yunus, received $13 million in grants, contracts and loans directly from Clinton’s State Department. Other groups he was in close coordination with received $11 million more.
Certainly no smidgen of corruption there!
Yunus gave between $100,000 and $300,000 to the Clinton Foundation which sadly illustrates how cheaply Clinton and her cronies sell out. Meanwhile Clinton praised disgraced Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for her “transparency” four years prior to her own impeachment for wide ranging corruption.
A New York Democratic Superdelegate, pledged to Hillary Clinton and once cited as an influence on her political career, was just given a 12 year prison sentence for corruption.
As Richard L. Hasen put it in the Los Angeles Times:
Still, Clinton struggles to explain why, when she opposes the influence of big money on politics, that no one should worry about her super PAC money and massive donations. During a New Hampshire debate she said “you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received.” I bet Clinton actually believes this statement. But it glosses over the more subtle way money influences politics.
The Atlantic, not known to be a bastion of Conservative Opinion, published an exhaustive list of of Hillary’s recent scandals on Friday. The piece serves as an excellent primer for the uninitiated.
Republican presumptive Nominee Donald Trump has taken the unmasked pandering Clinton has recently done on both sides of the Coal Issue and effectively used it as a cudgel:
“Hillary Clinton wants wages of Americans destroyed, and she wants coal miners fired…And then she actually goes to West Virginia and she tells them, well, she didn’t mean what she said.”
Trump has also indicated that he will be hitting Hillary hard on the facts and implications raised in the Peter Schweizer book and soon to be released documentary “Clinton Cash”.
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