Team Clinton is miffed about a tweet the AP put out on donors to the Clinton Foundation. It demanded the tweet be removed immediately.
The AP obliged. The tweet is nowhere to be found.
The tweet in question reported half of the donations to the pay-for-play money mill came from foreigners.
AP may have fudged the numbers.
But the fact remains. The Clinton foundation took money from Saudis and other foreigners.
This is not in dispute: During the four years Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation run by her husband took tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments and corporations, explains Vox.
The corrupt, warmongering, and fossilized Wahhabi regimes in the Persian Gulf have donated millions to the foundation. They didn’t do this because they are philanthropists. They did it to buy influence.
— The Intercept (@theintercept) August 25, 2016
Glenn Greenwald writes today:
The claim that this is all just about trying to help people in need should not even pass a laugh test, let alone rational scrutiny. To see how true that is, just look at who some of the biggest donors are. Although it did not give while she was secretary of state, the Saudi regime by itself has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, with donations coming as late as 2014, as she prepared her presidential run. A group called “Friends of Saudi Arabia,” co-founded “by a Saudi Prince,” gave an additional amount between $1 million and $5 million. The Clinton Foundation says that between $1 million and $5 million was also donated by “the State of Qatar,” the United Arab Emirates, and the government of Brunei. “The State of Kuwait” has donated between $5 million and $10 million.
However, the Saudis did donate when Clinton was at the State Department.
Many of these donors had a lot riding on Clinton’s decisions. Saudi Arabia gave the foundation up to $25 million, and Clinton signed off on a controversial $29 billion sale of fighter jets to the country. Oil companies gave the foundation around $3 million, and Clinton approved a lucrative gas pipeline in the Canadian tar sands they’d long sought.
Details emerged after the State Department was forced to release emails showing the foundation arranged meetings with top donors while she was secretary of state.
Team Clinton did not address this.
It played a numbers game.
And the Associated Press backed down.