Tag Archive: Influence Peddling


The Clintons, A Luxury Jet And Their $100 Million Donor From Canada

 

 

 

” Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane.

  For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity. The Canadian mining magnate and onetime Hollywood studio owner stepped up to let the former president borrow his luxurious passenger jet. There was just one condition: Giustra would come along for the ride.

  That 2005 trip was the start of an intense, mutually beneficial friendship — one that has helped propel the Clinton Foundation into a global giant and established Giustra’s reputation as an international philanthropist while helping him build connections in countries where his business was expanding.

  Giustra has since committed more than $100 million to the work of the Clinton Foundation, becoming one of the largest individual donors to the family’s charities.

  Clinton has also gained regular transportation, borrowing Giustra’s plane 26 times for foundation business since 2005, including 13 trips in which the two men traveled together. The numbers on Clinton’s use of the plane, never previously reported, were provided by a spokeswoman for Giustra.”

 

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Jury Investigating NJ Sen. Menendez

 

 

 

 

 ” Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

A story on the newspaper’s website said that as part of the probe federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez, D-N.J., and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. The newspaper said the grand jury also issued subpoenas for Melgen’s business and financial records. The newspaper cited unidentified people it said were familiar with the probe.

Melgen has given more than $14,000 directly to Menendez’s political campaigns since the late 1990s and, through his eye clinic, donated $700,000 last year to a “super” political committee that supported Democratic Senate candidates. The committee, in turn, spent $582,000 to back Menendez’s re-election effort.”

 

 

 

 

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Washington Post Report Confuses One Prostitute With Another In Bid To Debunk Menendez Allegations

 

 

 

” The Washington Post mistook one prostitute for another Monday in a report that initially seemed to debunk a November 2012 Daily Caller exposé of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

While the Post said it had an affidavit from a woman in the Dominican Republic admitting she fabricated claims Menendez paid her for sex, that woman was not one of the two prostitutes TheDC interviewed for a Nov. 1 report.

The Post identified the woman as 23-year-old Nexis de los Santos Santana.

Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig did not respond to requests for comment Monday night, and did not provide TheDC with a copy of the affidavit.”

 

 

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Sen. Menendez Says He Looks Forward to Vindication

 

 

 

 

” Sen. Robert Menendez, who has maintained all along that he never paid prostitutes for sex, said he is looking forward to whatever evidence emerges from courts in the Dominican Republic to vindicate him.

A Dominican lawyer on Monday released an affidavit from a 23-year-old woman saying she fabricated a story about Menendez paying her for sex.

“I’ve always said that these are false, they’re smears,” Menendez, D-N.J., told reporters at the Capitol, referring to published reports that he paid prostitutes for sex in the Dominican Republic. “And, so, I look forward to seeing whatever the Dominican courts have that prove what I’ve said all along.” ”

 

 

   Remember that the prostitution allegations are the ” look , squirrel ” of the Menendez scandal . It’s all about the port deal , access and corruption … not hookers .

 

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PROMINENT DOMINICAN JOURNALIST CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION OF MELGEN-MENENDEZ PORT DEAL

 

 

 

” Fausto Rosario Adames, a respected journalist in the Dominican Republic and editor of the well known Acento news website, has called on Dominican President Danilo Medina to launch an investigation of possible fraud in the disputed and controversial port security deal involving Dr. Salomon Melgen and his friend, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

In an editorial published in Spanish on Wednesday at Acento, and translated into English by this author, Adames says that efforts by Senator Menendez to prevent the United States from donating a second port security X-Ray machine to Dominican customs officials represent “an attack on the interests of the Dominican Republic”:”

 

 

GOP: MENENDEZ SPENDING 87% OF WEALTH TO PAY FOR FLIGHTS RAISES QUESTIONS

 

Casa de Campo: A gated paradise: An inside look at the exclusive Dominican resort where the rich and famous vacation — and where Sen. Robert Menendez was occasionally a guest.

 

Who paid for the lodging ? This looks even more expensive than the private flights .

 

” On Tuesday, the National Journal reported that Menendez spent up to 87 percent of his entire wealth to pay back campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen for two 2010 flights to the Dominican Republic. Menenedez has admitted to three such flights aboard Melgen’s jet and claims all three occurred in 2010.

“When Robert Menendez arrived in the U.S. Senate in 2006, he was a relative pauper in a chamber often called a millionaires’ club,” National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher reported.

The New Jersey Democrat ranked 97th out of 100 senators in terms of his personal wealth, according to financial records filed that year and compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. So Menendez’s decision last month to use his personal funds to reimburse a prominent political contributor $58,500 for two flights to the Dominican Republic came at a major cost. The repayment amounts to between 32 percent and 87 percent of the assets Menendez reported holding in bank accounts and stock, according to his latest financial-disclosure form, which was filed last year.

Menendez did not pay Melgen back for the flights until early 2013, after investigative reports incited public scrutiny. Menendez paid Melgen $58,500 in early January for two of the flights. The third was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Menendez chaired back in 2010.”

 

There would seem to be lots of questions regarding Mr Menendez’ finances .

PHOTO EMERGES OF MYSTERY MELGEN-MENENDEZ WOMAN

 

 

 

 

” Breitbart News has uncovered a photograph of a Russian woman exiting what looks like wealthy Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen’s plane.

The original source of the scandal surrounding Melgen and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, a tipster who goes by “Peter Williams,” first told ABC News’ Rhonda Schwartz about this woman in early 2012. “Williams” identified her as “Svetlana B.”

“This girl is one of the most regular participants in the activities the Doctor arranges for the Senator,” the tipster “Williams” wrote to Schwartz in June 2012 in an email later published online and in the Miami Herald, about the Russian woman. “She has traveled with them in the jet, sailed with them in the yacht, and has repeatedly visited the Doctor’s house.

The Miami Herald uncovered the woman’s real name: Svitlana Buchyk. “Sveta” and “Svetlana” appear to be other spellings for her name.”

 

 

She is a thing of beauty …