A few weeks ago, I wrote about Frank Guistra, a mining magnate — that means oil — who gave the Clinton Foundation up to fifty fucking million fucking dollars.
Make that $130 million, Ace,
Oh. I guess I lowballed it.
The details of these financial dealings remain murky, but this much is clear: After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation — supplemented by millions more from Giustra himself — Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact. Having opposed the deal as a bad one for labor rights back when she was a presidential candidate in 2008, she now promoted it, calling it “strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States.” The change of heart by Clinton and other Democratic leaders enabled congressional passage of a Colombia trade deal that experts say delivered big benefits to foreign investors like Giustra.
Just how much money are we talking about?
In a Wall Street Journal story from 2008, Giustra is described as a “friend and traveling companion” of former President Clinton who donated more than $130 million to Clinton’s philanthropies.
This is not the first time the Clintons were dealing from both sides of the deck. As you may recall,
Mark Penn, her campaign strategist was also working for the Colombian government towards pushing the agreement.
Frank Giustra now occupies a seat on the board of the Clinton Foundation,
Just the other day Bill was saying his foundation
is, by a good long stretch, the most transparent of all the presidential foundations and more transparent than a lot of other major foundations in the country.”
It all depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is:
Since it’s Throwback Thursday, coinciding with the Summit of the Americas, a quick glance back to 2012, when Hillary tied one on and led the conga line at the Summit,