Tag Archive: Quid Pro Quo

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










Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Isn’t Answering Questions About Sketchy Clinton Foundation Donations





” The latest installment in the ongoing saga of shady Clinton Foundation finances is a story involving a deal in which Russians took take greater control of a major U.S. uranium company, Uranium One.

  The details are somewhat involved, but the gist is that because the takeover deal involved uranium, a strategic asset, it required approval from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Around the same time the deal was going through, the Clinton Foundation took millions of dollars in donations from a foundation run by the founder of Uranium One and did not disclose the transaction, in defiance of an arrangement made with the Obama administration to identify Clinton Foundation donors. In addition, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 by a Russian financial firm linked to the Kremlin for a speech in Moscow as the deal was happening. The New York Times has an extensive report, building on work from Peter Schweizer’s book about the Clinton Foundation’s foreign funding, Clinton Cash, here. “


Peter Suderman has more at Reason










How Many Obama Bundlers Are Now Foreign Ambassadors?



Bundler Ambassadorships

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” Raising money for Obama’s presidential campaigns turns out to have been highly lucrative work. As The Blaze reports, there are now 23 Obama bundlers that hold foreign ambassadorships.

“ Noah Bryson Mamet, who bundled $500,000 for President Barack Obama hoped the Senate would pave the way for his first trip to Argentina – by confirming him as ambassador,” The Blaze writes.

  Mamet isn’t the only ambassador to have never visited his country either. This week, George J. Tsunis, who raised $1.3 million for Obama, made a similar confession. WHen asked if he’d ever been to Norway, he replied “I have not.” “




   Open Secrets describes bundlers thusly :


” Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

  Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, candidates generally release bundlers by ranges of fundraising, indicated in this chart with the “max” and “min” columns, and with the top ranges being simply “$500,000 or more.” NOTE: Federal Election Commission regulations only require disclosure of funds bundled by registered lobbyists. In 2008, both Barack Obama and John McCain agreed to disclose any bundlers who raised over $50,000 for their campaigns. Obama’s re-election campaign is again disclosing those bundlers for the 2012 election. No 2012 Republican presidential candidates have agreed to voluntarily disclose their entire bundlers lists. “




    Rare has more . To enlighten yourself further go here , here , here and here for a start . For the curious among our readers here you can find a list of Obama Bundlers as well as this infographic from Open Secrets.org .

   This from the man that was going to get the “Big Money” out of politics .







   Be sure an look over the bundler’s list … it contains literally hundreds of , to use Obama’s own words , fatcats … a who’s who of the rich and powerful . Below are just the top ten . The list is too long to put on this page in it’s entirety but well worth your attention .



Barack Obama Bundlers
Min Max Name City State Employer Contributions*
$500,000 Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks Animation $1,842,892
$500,000 Meyer, Barry and Wendy Los Angeles CA Warner Brothers $1,605,704
$500,000 Bagley, Elizabeth Washington DC US Dept of State $1,401,420
$500,000 Goldman, Lisa and Doug San Francisco CA Certain Software Inc $1,399,568
$500,000 Jordan, Wayne Oakland CA Jordan Real Estate Investments $1,367,528
$500,000 Snyder, Jay New York NY HBJ Investments $1,211,176
$500,000 Eychaner, Fred Chicago IL Newsweb Corp $1,175,550
$500,000 Sacks, Michael Winnetka IL Grosvenor Capital Management $1,159,813
$500,000 Jacobs, Irwin and Joan La Jolla CA Qualcomm Inc $1,061,899
$500,000 Bainum, Stewart Fulton MD Choice Hotels International $1,055,781


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