Mrs. Hillary Clinton presented the challenge of finding situations where she had supported wall street. So there is no confusion, oil companies are a major part of wall street, and they, too, have made gigantic donations to Mrs. Clinton, in one way or another.
Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a surprisingly large number of super Pacs and foundations to support her run for the presidency. She has 10 super Pacs and an unknown number of nonprofits and foundations taking donations. Exxon, for example, has made several large donations to a foundation called Vital Voices, co-founded by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright, which in turn supports Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
Exxon Mobil has donated more than $16 million to Vital Voices since 2007, and between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. Chevron has given between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Oil company’s are some of Mrs. Clinton’s largest donors and they deposit donations for her in a variety of places. Exxon Mobil and Chevron are 2 oil companies who benefited from the Global Shale Gas Initiative initiated by Clinton in 2010, while she was Secretary of State. They have literally poured millions of dollars into Hillary Clinton’s charities.
Mrs. Hillary Clinton has stated she was not aware her “campaign” had taken money from oil companies, but would look into it (This is becoming one of her standardized avoidance techniques… “I don’t know about that, but I’ll look into it.”) The Clinton “campaign” has accepted $226,804 (may increase) from the oil industry as a whole. That does not include the donations from oil companies to the Clinton Foundation, or donations to one of their “other” nonprofits.
Other oil and natural gas companies contributing to the Clinton “Foundation” include: Anadarko Petroleum Corp. ($100,000); and BP, ConocoPhillips Co., Chesapeake Energy Corp., Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp ($25,000). It has been assumed these donations were aimed at garnering her support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
She has even taken money from Canada in support of the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada’s Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Department, which is responsible for the country’s diplomacy, donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014, according to data released by the foundation. Is there any other reason the Canadian government would donate this much money to the Clinton Foundation?
Adding to the confusion is the fund-raising she did as Secretary of State. An intern working for her at that time has provided an inside look at how she mixed her work when she was Secretary of State and a bundler/fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation. He said,
“They were fund-raising papers with the names and dates of contacts on them. There was no mistaking the fact that Hillary and her closest advisers at State were working on foundation and Global Initiative business.”
The majority of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign bundlers (fundraisers) also have strong ties to the oil industry. An outside analysis has shown nearly all of Mrs. Clinton campaign’s registered bundlers have worked for the oil industry. Many were lobbyists for the oil industry and now work closely with her. Considering her choice of fundraisers/bundlers, it should come as no surprise she is receiving money from oil companies.
The Clinton Foundation took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. Only $9 million out of a 140 million on direct aid! The foundation spent the majority of its money on administration, travel, salaries, and bonuses, with the largest amounts going to family friends.
The Clinton Foundation’s finances have become so confusing, so untransparent, our nation’s most influential charity watchdog, Charity Navigator, put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits.