Former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) takes a “guess” on Fox News Sunday, that the unreported $500,000.00 Algerian donation to the Clinton Foundation “got lost in the system,” and was never submitted to the State Department for approval. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time, and the buck would have, or should have, stopped at her desk for final approval, had it been questionable, which it surely was. Political candidates are not allowed to take money from foreign governments. Algeria is “foreign,” is 99 percent Sunni Muslim with 99 percent Berber/Arab ancestry. She was not a political candidate, at the time, you are saying? Hillary Clinton has been a political candidate since she followed Bill into the White House in January 1993. See the transcript and video below.
CHRIS WALLACE: Congresswoman Harman, does that bother you at all. Are you at all troubled by these donations going to the Clinton Foundation?
JANE HARMAN: Uh, yes. Uh, there was a process set up. All other contributions
were reviewed, as I understand it–there was transparency. This was an unsolicited contribution of $500,000.00 at a time when the U.S. deluged with help from Haiti. I guess it got lost in the system. I think it needs to be explained. I don’t understand why the money wasn’t returned, or in some way, after-the-fact approval wasn’t sought, but I assume the Foundation will explain it.
About five years have passed. No explanation so far.
With Hillary’s post at the State Department, came the necessity for a new agreement on what countries could contribute to the Clinton Foundation while she sat at the head of the Department. If a country had donated before, and wanted to continue to donate in similar amounts to past donations, they were allowed to do so. Apparently, Algeria did not fall into that parameter. Notice below Hillary’s “formal” involvement with the Foundation. Can you think of any Republican candidate who could get away with distancing herself from her husband?
Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments. Clinton formally joined the foundation in 2013 after leaving the State Department, and the organization was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation…
The Washington Post reported last week that foreign sources, including governments, made up a third of those who have given the foundation more than $1 million over time. The Post found that the foundation, begun by former president Bill Clinton, has raised nearly $2 billion since its creation in 2001.
Foreign governments and individuals are prohibited from giving money to U.S. political candidates, to prevent outside influence over national leaders. But the foundation has given donors a way to potentially gain favor with the Clintons outside the traditional political limits…
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the foundation had accepted new foreign-government money now that the 2008 agreement has lapsed.
A review of foundation disclosures shows that at least two foreign governments — Germany and the United Arab Emirates — began giving in 2013 after the funding restrictions lapsed when Clinton left the Obama administration. Some foreign governments that had been supporting the foundation before Clinton was appointed, such as Saudi Arabia, did not give while she was in office and have since resumed donating. Read more at the Washington Post
There is musing all around about why Hillary may take many more months before she declares herself to be a 2016 presidential candidate. All the more time to take those foreign government donations.