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Huma Abedin On Her Job, Family, and the Campaign of a Lifetime
Yesterday during Ed’s podcast I mentioned the Fondo Acceso, which translates to Access Fund.
What is the Fondo Acceso?
The Fondo Accesso is the Clinton Foundation’s Colombia-based investment company, run from the Clinton Foundation’s Bogota office, and (emphasis added)
registered as a “simplified stock corporation,” which legal experts said precludes it from doing business as a private equity fund.
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Fondo Acceso was founded in 2010 by Bill Clinton, the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, and the Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra. The Clinton Foundation and the SLIM Foundation committed $10 million each to the fund.
The Clinton Foundation is a 50 percent shareholder in the company, according to its tax records. Numerous Clinton Foundation and Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership officials are listed as Fondo Acceso directors in Colombian corporate filings.
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The Clinton Foundation and CGEP have declined to release a full list of Fondo Acceso’s investments.
2008: Hillary Clinton campaigns for president, is against the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
2009: Hillary Clinton becomes Secretary of State. She starts lobbying members of Congress for approval of the CFTA, as revealed on emails released on February 2016.
2010: Bill Clinton, Carlos Slim, and Frank Giustra (who pledged $100million to the Foundation) open Fondo Acceso. Previously,
In June 2005, Gold Service International, a South American business group, paid Bill Clinton $800,000 to deliver four speeches in South America. Gold Service was pushing for the free trade agreement, which would help boost Colombian exports to the United States, and Clinton was supportive of the policy.
2011: The CFTA is approved, becomes effective on May 2012.
2012: FARC-Colombian government negotiations open in Havana.
2013: Hillary’s term as Secretary of State ends.
Frank Giustra, The Billionaire Whose Clinton Foundation Ties Could Be Trouble for Hillary Clinton h/t JC, emphasis added)
A similar situation had unfolded in Kazakhstan in 2005. Giustra and Clinton jetted in to dine with the country’s authoritarian president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Days later, Giustra’s mining company signed an agreement giving it stakes in three state-run uranium mines in addition to those it controlled in the U.S. After a $3.5 billion merger, the company was eventually acquired by the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom. Because uranium is a strategic asset, the sale required (and received) approval from multiple U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, then run by Hillary Clinton.
The NYT story wouldn’t be half as ridiculous if it weren’t for this other August 10 story:
Judicial Watch today released 10 pages of new State Department records that include an email sent by State Department spokesman Brock Johnson alerting Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s then Chief of Staff, that a “significant” Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request had been made for records showing the number of email accounts used by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Over at The Atlantic (not exactly an arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or VRWC™), David A. Graham actually engages in journalism and offers From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton-Scandal Primer. Newly released emails show the complicated nature of ties between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton-led State Department—and the high risk of conflicts of interest.
Read my article, The NYT plays the world’s smallest violin for Hillary
And the game is Democrat Simon Says. Read my post, The Republicans are really good at playing the Democrats’ game
Mike Morrell, Former Deputy Director of CIA, Endorses Hillary; Media Forgets to Note He Was Central Pillar of Hilary’s Benghazi Cover-Up, Who Then Went to Work For Hillary-Aligned Private Intelligence Firm
and Bloomberg news spells it out for you (emphasis added),
‘No coincidence’ Pena Nieto meeting’s day after Trump speech
Mexican president has compared GOP pick to Hitler, Mussolini
Trump has the POTUS in defiance mode?
I’ll add video if I find the full press conference.
Spanish-language media is having hissy fits over Trump. Jaime Bayly, for instance, called the RNC “this picturesque event, this convention of lunatics, this witches’ sabbath of warlocks and medicine men” – and that was just during the first minute of Tuesday’s show (it goes down from there).
Almost makes me reconsider Trump.
Barack Peña y Enrique Obama (in Spanish)
The Democrat Party’s brave new world: A coordinated campaign against free speech by invoking RICO statues against global warming skeptics.
Read my post, Senate Democrats against free speech
Following up on yesterday’s article, did Bernie Sanders invite himself to the Vatican?
Sanders’s Vatican Invitation Sparks Accusation of ‘Discourtesy’
The president of the academy said Friday that Sanders didn’t follow proper protocol — he failed to contact her office — and that his presence threatens to make the event political. The academy’s chancellor said he arranged the invitation and defended the Vermont senator.
The office of the pope moved to distance the pontiff from the visit. Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said Sanders had been invited “not by the pope but by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” Lombardi told the Italian news agency Ansa: “For the moment there is no expectation that there will also be a meeting with the pope.”
Bernie will be at the Vatican on tax day, April 15.
Almost lost among the many revelations is the fact that Russia’s biggest bank usesThe Podesta Group as its lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Though hardly a household name, this firm is well known inside the Beltway, not least because its CEO is Tony Podesta, one of the best-connected Democratic machers in the country. He founded the firm in 1998 with his brother John, formerly chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, then counselor to President Barack Obama, Mr. Podesta is the very definition of a Democratic insider. Outsiders engage the Podestas and their well-connected lobbying firm to improve their image and get access to Democratic bigwigs.
Which is exactly what Sberbank, Russia’s biggest financial institution, did this spring. As reported at the end of March, the Podesta Group registered with the U.S. Government as a lobbyist for Sberbank, as required by law, naming three Podesta Group staffers: Tony Podesta plus Stephen Rademaker and David Adams, the last two former assistant secretaries of state. It should be noted that Tony Podesta is a big-money bundler for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign while his brother John is the chairman of that campaign, the chief architect of her plans to take the White House this November.
Read the whole thing.