(Clinton.news) In what appears to be yet another example of the Clintons sneaking around in an attempt to hide embarrassing and possibly dishonest behavior, The Daily Caller has learned that the pair used an obscure New York charity board to report that their non-profit foundation took in nearly $17.7 million in donations from foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state.
The news site found that while the specific foreign governments were not identified on the document – entitled “Exhibit A” – the money was given to the Clinton Foundation between 2010 and 2013, smack dab in the middle of Hillary’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat.
What’s more, the filing was made in January to the public charity division, which is operated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermann, a Democrat. The filings were also odd because it now constitutes the third “official” revised version of the foundation’s financial statements for its activities during Clinton’s State Department tenure.
Last November, foundation officials – to much fanfare – issued a second revised edition of the foundation’s federal tax filings for the four years 2010-2013. “But a new line was added in the January submission that stated: ‘All other government grants came from foreign governments.’ The total figure for each of the four years equaled $17.7 million,” The Daily Caller reported.
Even stranger, the donations from foreign governments have still not been included on the foundation’s website despite claims in November by Donna Shalala, the non-profit’s president and a former Clinton administration official, that “there is nothing to suggest that the foundation intended to conceal the receipt of government grants, which we report on our website.”
Of course, you haven’t seen any of this in the so-called “mainstream” media because it is in full Clinton protection mode now that President Obama has endorsed her as his successor. But many of those who have learned about the shady filing are suspicious and concerned about it, and they come from both sides of the political aisle
Leslie Lenkowsky, a philanthropy expert who was appointed by former President Clinton in 1993 as a founding director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government-operated volunteer organization, told The Daily Caller that the Clinton Foundation is “an appearance of a conflict of interest waiting to happen.”
Lenkowsky was later appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as CEO of the corporation after he was elected in 2001.
Also Sandra Miniutti, the vice president of an organization that grades and ranks financial disclosures of charities, said her group wants more, not less, transparency from non-profits.
“I think more transparency is better than less and this is an issue that the public is questioning. Yeah, they should make it a point to be more transparent about it and share that information,” Miniutti, of Charity Navigator, said.
Onetime U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova told The Daily Caller that the Clinton Foundation’s failure to specifically list the donations from foreign governments was all part of an effort to “protect” Hillary while she served as secretary of state.
“There is no doubt that the foundation purposely refused to make public certain things as a way of protecting the Secretary of State during her tenure,” DiGenova said. “The entire process to hide information from the public is completely inconsistent with a public charity.”
He further noted that “the new revelations will up the ante for the FBI,” which is investigating Clinton for a number of things, whether her use of a private email server compromised national security and whether the foreign donations to her family’s charity were improper and unethical. “This will just add fodder to the ongoing investigation,” DiGenova said, adding that he did not believe the $18 million figure is accurate.
At some point don’t even the most sycophantic of Hillary’s supporters have to ask themselves why she and her husband feel the need to constantly hide what they are doing? We shall see.