The latest WikiLeaks dump from this morning includes a very detailed list of 2012/2013 donors to the Clinton Global Initiative. Like the donors to the Clinton Foundation (which we reviewed here), the list is a who’s who of wall street banks, giant energy corporations, chemical conglomerates and multi-national pharmas…you know, all the “shady” corporations that you’ve been told were in bed with the Republicans.
Of course, we’re sure that Pfizer will be interested to learn of the following email from Neera Tanden in which she and John Podesta plot over how to attack the “drug companies” in order to rally enthusiasm among Hillary’s base….such a noble cause. According to Neera, Hillary “hates (or at least used to hate) the drug companies.” Of course, we sympathize with Neera, it is difficult to keep up with Hillary’s constantly changing views on public policy (aka: her donor list).
Of course, as we learned previously, Dow Chemical was also “spreading their wealth around” to all of the Clinton organizations. For those not as familiar with the history between Dow Chemical and the Clintons, here is a refresher from our previous post:
The donations from Dow Chemical are particularly notable for several reasons. First, because of other emails revealed by WikiLeaks and other FOIA requests, we now know that Dow Chemical CEO, Andrew Liveris, was granted special access to then Secretary Clinton back in July 2009 at the same time he was embroiled in ongoing litigation with another Clinton Foundation donor, Kuwait, over a failed joint-venture that would have netted Dow $9BN in cash. As Band notes in his memo, 1 month after being granted special access to Secretary Clinton, Liveris invited President Clinton and Band out for a day of golf. Moreover, shortly after his meeting with Secretary Clinton and golf outing with President Clinton, Liveris decided to donate $500,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative…very convenient timing for all involved.
In August of 2009, Mr. Kelly invited Mr. Liveris to play golf with President Clinton and me. Mr. Kelly subsequently asked Dow to become a CGI sponsor at the $500,000 level, which they did, as well as making a $150,000 donation to the Foundation for President Clinton to attend a Dow dinner in Davos.
The story gets even more bizarre when Band reveals in the following footnote that Liveris provided the Dow Chemical plane to fly President Clinton and his staff from New York to California and then California to North Korea for their golf outing. We would assume this is a simple typo by Band and/or he’s just geographically challenged…if not, this certainly raises a whole other set of questions for Bill.
Mr. Liveris provided the Dow plane to fly President Clinton and his staff to and from California for our trip to, and from, North Korea. As a private trip, the Foundation had to pay the costs of airfare; Mr. Liveris’ in kind contribution saved the Foundation in excess of $100,000.
According to the Dialy Caller, Dow Chemical paid Teneo $2.8 million in 2011 and $16 million in 2012 for a variety of “consultancy services”. Of course, Bill Clinton was an honorary chairman of Teneo and, as such, was set to be paid $3.5 million for that position even though he ultimately only kept $100,000 because of the scandals that erupted around the firm, including their advisory relationship with MF Global.
And a little extra money for CGI University as well.
And that’s how “public servants” get wealthy off their $150,000 salaries.