WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – “Using relief work in Haiti – ‘hey, can you help those suffering in Haiti, it’s really important, thanks. Can you also give Bill Clinton $500,000 to give a speech?’”, commented MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Thursday morning on revelations of a vast pay-to-play scheme with the Clinton Foundation and State Department.
Scarborough and the Morning Joe panel reviewed headlines in the nation’s largest newspapers showing that former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton used the Clinton Foundation to enrich themselves to the tune of at least $96 million ($66 million to be paid in the future).
For Haitian-Americans observing these events, the revelations reported Thursday confirm long-standing suspicions of pay-to-play kickbacks that squandered a more than $13 billion pledged reconstruction that left no real results following the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 and left 1.5 million without a home.
Bernie Sander’s supporter and Chairman of African American Studies at Princeton, Eddie Glaude Jr, who sat in on the morning panel said the revelations “certainly confirm a deep suspicion that there is an ethical deficit that defines how [the Clintons] operate in the political domain – operate generally; an ethical and moral deficit.”
The information comes from the 19th release of emails, proven to be unaltered, that passed through the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. In the emails, Bill Clinton’s personal assistant Doug Band is bragging about how much personal income he was able to raise for the Clintons. This memo was sent while Hillary Clinton was serving as the United States’ Secretary of State and brazenly calls the operation “Bill Clinton Inc.”.
It comes off of earlier releases where Band said that Bill Clinton has at least 500 conflicts of interests with the Clinton Foundation. It also comes after State Department emails show that employees at State routed persons considered “Friends of Bill” (FOBs) towards persons in charge of giving contracts for the Haiti relief and reconstruction effort. Others were told to visit a government website and deal with the bureaucratic red-tape in place to discourage conflicts of interest and corruption.