Ken Silverman and the American Media Institute went to Colombia to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s work, and found instead that The Clinton Foundation left a toxic legacy in Colombia.
Silverman located a woman named Sandra, featured at the CF website, who, like many others, was used by the Clintons (emphasis added),
With a warm smile, Sandra told us that she was initially enthusiastic about working with the Clinton Foundation. She pulled out a smart phone and showed us pictures of the 2013 launch party for the “Acceso Oferta Local” program, a foundation effort directly supported by Canadian financier Giustra to match poor entrepreneurs — farmers, fishermen, candy-makers, flower vendors and others — with big buyers, like multinational hotels.
She thumbed past a shot of Giustra to show us a photo of herself with Bill Clinton. The former president and the female entrepreneur had megawatt smiles.
“The idea was that they would help small stores and small fisherman,” she said. “And that’s what it did, but only at the start.”
Sandra said she received no money from the Clinton Foundation and, in fact, took out a large bank loan at its urging. Paying this loan proved to be a tremendous burden, she said. Even worse, within months the head of the Acceso project told her that she should no longer deal directly with buyers. Instead, she would sell her fish directly to Acceso — at sharply reduced prices — and Acceso would resell them. In other words, the Clinton Foundation would act as a middleman and profit from margins supplied by the people it was supposed to be helping.
You may recall that the Fondo Acesso is the Clinton Foundation’s Colombia-based investment company, run from the Clinton Foundation’s Bogota office, while
The Clinton Foundation and CGEP have declined to release a full list of Fondo Acceso’s investments.
Last August I posted that
Fondo Acceso was founded in 2010 by Bill Clinton, the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, and the Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra.
Silverman reports on Giustra’s
sizable Colombian energy corporation, Pacific Rubiales, which benefited richly from Bill Clinton’s politicking and the foundation’s operations.
Colombian senator Jorge Enrique Robledo describes Paciific Rubiales’s operations as
“a type of concentration camp for workers.”
Robledo said he had no doubt that Bill Clinton had successfully overcome legal and regulatory obstacles for Giustra’s benefit, especially given Clinton’s strong relationship with Colombian President Uribe and his stature as a former U.S. President: “Bringing Bill Clinton to Colombia was like bringing God,” he said.
There’s much more at the article, which you must read in full.
Unfortunately, this, like so many stories about the Clinton Crime Family™, take time and commitment to read through, as corruption in high places is convoluted by design (for instance, Silverstein points out that Pacific Rubiales is called Petro Rubiales Energy Corp. in foundation filings)..
It’s much easier to waste time creating distractions about sex scandals.
Judith L says
To quote Sarah Hoyt, “This is my shocked face.”