FTC declines House request to probe Clinton Foundation

In a letter responding to a March request from Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to initiate an investigation of the Clinton Foundation, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairwoman Edith Ramirez replied there was insufficient evidence to launch a probe.

“When the [Federal Trade] Commission can establish that an entity claiming to be a charity is in fact operating to profit itself or its members, i.e., is a ‘sham charity,’ the Commission can bring an enforcement action against the entity for making deceptive representations to donors,” Ramirez answered in a letter last week.

Blackburn responded, saying the FTC’s assertion there was insufficient evidence to warrant an inquiry was “inconsistent with its mission and precedent.”

Blackburn’s March letter to Ramirez cited the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server connected to activity at the Clinton Foundation, underlined direct program expenditures accounting for only 15% of money raised, the failure of the charity to report millions in foreign grants while Clinton was Secretary of State, and asked the FTC to investigate possible public corruption where Clinton Foundation and State Department business converged.

The Clinton Foundation remains under investigation by the FBI.

Analysis

It does not require an investigation from the FBI to reveal the obvious: The Clinton Foundation has always functioned as an institution to delegate profit and power into the hands of the Clintons.

Disguised as a charity, and operated by Bill and Hillary, both of whom profess to be emblems of charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, the Clinton Foundation has unfolded to resemble a centralized institution for influence peddling, a vague slush fund to endow Hillary’s political ambitions and, likely, an asset for foreign governments seeking political and financial advantage while Hillary served at State.

Even more damning, CharityNavigator.org refused to rate the Foundation because of its unfamiliarity with Clinton’s “unique business model,” a vision only the Clintons could conceive. Until December 2015, CharityNavigator.org had placed the Foundation on its watchlist for its “atypical business model which could not be accurately captured in our current rating methodology.”

Precis: Despite billions raised, the Clinton Foundation has spent very little money on alleviating suffering or uplifting the penurious from the bowels of poverty. On the contrary, the Clintons took money from wealthy Americans and affluent foreigners during ornate functions in plush surroundings where both parties, the Clintons and moneyed patronage seekers, sought to flatter each others’ vanities and donors gathered for expensive dinners and the right to marvel at two parvenus, Bill and Hillary Clinton.

For those willing and able to see undeniable fact, the Clinton Foundation performed very little charity. The Foundation does not construct dwellings, hospitals or bridges; it does not sow seed or harvest crops; and it does not send teams to impoverished regions to perform surgery or expand health programs. In contrast, the Foundation simply marrys corporate and individual donors to philanthropic groups.

Taking into account the Foundation’s past expenditures included over $851,250 paid to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for an oral history of the Clinton presidency, another $8.448 million in travel in 2013, the truth less than 10% of funds raised are actually spent on charity work, the Foundation paid females 38% less than men and the reality a majority of funds raised are spent on “consulting” on how to aid the destitute instead of actually performing charity work reveals the Clinton Foundation is not so much a unique business model new to the world of charity, but an utter fraud which has enriched Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

With the FBI investigating, a charity watchdog group confounded as to how it may actually define the Clinton Foundation, the only person unconcerned with how the Foundation operates under its “unique business model” is FTC commissioner Edith Ramirez.

 

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