The Clinton Foundation, according to its tax records, is bleeding donors. Paralleling Hillary Clinton’s election loss on 2016, the foundation is no longer the money magnet it was when Hillary sold her influence and kept her secrets on a private email server.
The bleeding of money has been breathtaking. An annual revenue bar graph resembles a downward ski jump with $116 million at the pinnacle in 2015, slipping to $30.7 million in 2018.
Fortunately, for former Clinton administration insider Bruce Lindsey, his whopping salary of just over $362,000 didn’t slide proportionally. Clinton foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, claimed that all the media coverage was just fake news:
The reports “are not accurate,” he groused. “…our work was fully funded by donations (etc.) from prior years. In the past year, the Clinton Foundations programs have grown to help more people, and we are committed to…”
OK, we get it, Brian. So, the 2018 amount of $30.7 million collected is about 26 percent of the 2015 income. Just what part of that astonishing math has escaped your notice?
Anyway, during her heyday as queen of quid pro quo, it was an open secret both at home and overseas that if you wanted a seat at the State Department’s influence table, a million-dollar donation to AIDS research in Monaco would do the trick.
Of course, it was all above board and perfectly legal. The next time Bill, Hillary and their entourage spearheaded by the paragon of feminist empowerment, daughter Chelsea, were on a foundation-funded first-class trip to Monaco, donors could partake of the bubbly and caviar and talk about all the good stuff they were doing.
And, oh, by the way, you know that State Department finding we’re interested in? Maybe you could help out there, Madam Secretary.
So now that the coffers and influence are draining exponentially, it’s not surprising that Hillary has been dropping subtle hints that she might be considering another run for the presidency. Actually, and probably to the chagrin of the rest of the Democrat hapless hopefuls, she has refused to close the door on the 2020 race. She told an interviewer, “I never say never to anything.”
Well, except for never having broken the laws about protecting classified information.
Nevertheless, Hillary told one fawning BBC Radio interviewer that she thinks all the time about what kind of president she would have been, “and what I would have done differently, and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world.”
Hillary, still immersed in an Alzheimer-like political hubris and paranoia, is an exact reflection of the slippage in the Clinton Foundation. What she should have done differently was do the math and pay attention to the electoral vote. You can win by 6 million in California, but if you lose by 20,000 in Ohio in the other swing states, you have to stay home and write a self-delusional “What Happened” book.
What would a victory by Hillary have meant to our country and the world? Probably Obama 2.0 and the continued apology for our country’s greatness to start with. Plus, we would have had Bill Clinton back in the hallowed halls of the White House molesting the interns.
However, in the shell-shocked aftermath of the 2016 election, Hillary’s greatest regret has to be the demise of her foundation money tree and quid pro quo network.