"What is Truth" When it Comes to the Clinton Foundation? You be the Judge.

When Jesus was brought before Pilate, He was asked if He was a king, and Jesus answered, “In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

"What is truth?" retorted Pilate. This is an essential, timeless question which can be applied to many things.

What is the truth about The Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation is the not-for-profit charitable organization started by Bill and Hillary Clinton? Is it a legitimate not-for-profit organization? Or is it a sham intended to benefit the Clintons and their friends personally rather than public causes?

Well, you be the judge. And to do that, we need to understand what the law says about public foundations and charities like the Clinton Foundation? The law is clear that charitable organizations with public charity tax exemptions must benefit the public interest, not private interests. In fact, the law requires the charity to operate exclusively for charitable purposes. More specifically, the tax law says that:

“…. any transaction between an organization and a private individual in which the individual appears to receive a disproportionate share of the benefits of the exchange relative to the charity served presents an inurement issue. Such transactions may include assignments of income, compensation arrangements, sales or exchanges of property, commissions, rental arrangements, gifts with retained interests, and contracts to provide goods or services to the organization.”

A common factual thread running through the cases where illegal benefit has been found is where an individual stands in a relationship with an organization that offers him/her the opportunity to make use of the organization’s income or assets for personal gain. The IRS says that even a small amount of private benefit to the individual is fatal to tax exemption. The tax regulations are clear that the burden of proof is on the organization to establish that it is not organized or operated for the benefit of private interests.

Applying the law and just a wit of common sense, there is no question that The Clinton Foundation gives new meaning to the term “not for profit.” In fact, John Wonderlich, head of the Sunlight Foundation, a group that advocates for greater transparency in government, recently said, "The Clinton Foundation’s work, by its nature, blurs the lines between charity, business, politics, and public service, making it very difficult to evaluate in a traditional way."

Follow the Money

Money is a powerful truth serum. Who pays it and who receives it can tell us everything we need to know. Take the case of Energy Pioneer Solutions. At Bill Clinton's behest, the foundation sent two million dollars in funding to this company that had significant ties to the Clinton family. In this case, private owners who were openly Clinton-friendly were paid millions of dollars. Was that right? Was it legal? You be the judge. What is truth? To me the truth obvious: if you apply the law that requires that the charity operate exclusively for charitable purposes and not for the benefit of individuals, then Bill and Hillary's foundation is a scam.   

Or take the case of The Clinton Foundation receiving $100 million from Gulf sheikhs and billionaires. These ultra rich and powerful individuals decided to pay the Clinton's foundation a lot of money. Was it because they are just good hearted dudes? Or was it because promises were made in exhcange for payment? Are we naïve enough to think that they expected nothing in return? 

And are we naïve enough to expect that the Clintons and their Foundation will face serious scrutiny? Sure, the legal system generally does not allow the individuals to conduct their affairs the way the Clintons have conducted their affairs without legal consequences, but we’re talking about the Clintons here. Consider the fact that the IRS department investigating the Clinton Foundation is the Exempt Organizations Division, the unit formerly run by Lois Lerner (a Clinton supporter), who took the Fifth, retired and faced no charges over the targeting of conservative organizations.

Relax - We're All Probably Screwed No Matter Who We End Up With as President

By the way, you can tell I’m not a Clinton supporter, but what you may not be able to tell is that I’m not a Trump supporter either. Donald Trump is equally bad news. Both candidates are amoral. In the end, I think our country is in deep trouble either way.

All we can do is pray. God bless you.

 

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