Richard Pollock, The Daily Caller: “Ethics Complaint Says Big Clinton Donors Got State Dept Access”
The non-profit government watchdog group [Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.] filed the complaint with the Office of Government Ethics, asking it to conduct a “full investigation” into [Hillary] Clinton’s “apparent breach of ethics rules.” A copy of the complaint was exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The organization charged Clinton gave “preferential treatment to individuals with which she had financial ties” and “regularly granted access” to rich donors, celebrities, and even powerful foreign nationals. …
Clinton granted access to such people as billionaire George Soros, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, designer Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller, retired Citigroup Chairman Sanford Weill, real estate magnate Walter Shorenstein, former Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz and media mogul Haim Saban, according to appendices attached to the complaint.
Clinton met twice as Secretary of State with Soros and appointed his personal candidate as the U.S. Government’s special envoy to Albania during a period of political unrest in that country. Soros has given at least $2 million to super PACs supporting Clinton, according to the Washington Post.
“Georg Soros is anxious to see you before he leaves for Europe next Tuesday,” an aide wrote to Clinton in one of the emails. “Could I fit him in for tomorrow,” the aide asked. “Yes,” Clinton replied.
Melanne Verveer, a top aide who followed Clinton from the White House to the State Department, transmitted to her the views of Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch who married the daughter of former Ukrainian Communist president Leonid Kuchma.
The Clintons met Pinchuk, attending his 2014 annual conference at Livadia Palace, the last Russian czar’s summer retreat on the Black Sea. He has given at least $13 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to The New York Times.
Civic reform groups widely criticized Kuchma’s presidency as riddled with corruption and nepotism. The former communist leader was tainted with allegations by a Ukrainian prosecutor that he was tied to the grisly murder of a prominent anti-government journalist, whose headless and mutilated body was found in 2000.
FACT founder and former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker charged in an interview with TheDCNF that Clinton “allowed insider access and pay-to-play politics” where donors to the Clinton Foundation and to her political campaigns received “regular access” to her office.
“There’s a growing narrative surrounding her in the way in which she does business,” he said. “Essentially if someone wants to have access to her, they need to be a significant donor to her political campaigns or to her philanthropic endeavors.” …Of course, Pollock, may be cherry picking, but I can’t find a complete list. Let’s just say Jews are over-represented. It gets worse:
Associated Press report discussed in American Thinker:
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened in a request forwarded by her son-in-law [Marc Mezvinsky] on behalf of a deep-sea mining firm to meet with her or other State Department officials after one of the firm’s investors asked Chelsea Clinton’s husband for help setting up such contacts, according to the most recently released Clinton emails.
The lobbying effort on behalf of Neptune Minerals Inc. came while Clinton — now the leading Democratic presidential candidate — was advocating for an Obama administration push to win Senate approval for a sweeping law of the sea treaty. The pact would have aided U.S. mining companies scouring for minerals in international waters, but the Republican-dominated Senate blocked it.
Clinton ordered a senior State Department official in August 2012 to look into the request. Her action came three months after an investor in the mining firm emailed Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s husband and a partner in Eaglevale Partners LP, a New York hedge fund, asking for his help in setting up State Department contacts.
Clinton relayed a copy of the investor’s email to Mezvinsky to Thomas Nides, then a deputy secretary of state and now vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, a major New York financial services firm. “Could you have someone follow up on this request which was forwarded to me?” Clinton asked Nides. He replied: “I’ll get on it.”
FACT complaint, December 14, 2015, alleges that Mezvinsky was acting at the behest of Henry Siklas, an investor in Neptune Minerals, Inc. and an employee of Goldman Sachs. It also notes that Goldman Sachs employees donated to her 2008 presidential campaign and directly to the Clinton Foundation.
Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner (December 10, 2015):
Siklas said Neptune was a client of Goldman Sachs, an investment bank to which the Clintons have extensive ties. Executives at Goldman Sachs were among the top donors to Clinton’s Senate campaigns, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Hillary Clinton and her husband together earned hefty sums by delivering speeches to Goldman Sachs, with the former secretary of state netting $225,000 each for three different speeches to the bank in 2013 alone. …
The maze of permits and licenses required for companies to mine in international waters is difficult for any firm to navigate. With an ally in the State Department, Neptune may have had an easier time securing the rights to mine select stretches of sea floor.
Although the company didn’t exist in the U.S. until 2011, by the end of 2012, it already had multiple licenses to operate in the Pacific.
“Neptune has an exploration license covering the Kermadec arc north of North Island, New Zealand, and either holds or has applied for licenses at several other places in the western Pacific Ocean,” a Dec. 2012 issue of Mining Magazine said. “It has been putting particular emphasis on the Solomon Islands.”
Siklas’ request to Clinton’s son-in-law came seven months before that article indicated his company had successfully obtained licenses. It is unclear when or how Neptune secured permits for its Pacific mining.