Once the IRS finishes harassing TEA Party organizations and other American patriots, wouldn’t it be fantastic if they launched a real investigation into something important? If they’re interested, I’d suggest that they start an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. If they start that investigation, they should start with Kim Strassel’s article. She’s already done much of the legwork to give investigators a starting point. Check this out:

The media’s focus is on Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, and whether she took official actions to benefit her family’s global charity. But the mistake is starting from the premise that the Clinton Foundation is a “charity.” What’s clear by now is that this family enterprise was set up as a global shakedown operation, designed to finance and nurture the Clintons’ continued political ambitions. It’s a Hillary super PAC that throws in the occasional good deed.

Here’s the proof that Ms. Strassel has found to support her accusation:

Some operatives don’t even bother feigning separation. Longtime aide Cheryl Mills served as general counsel to Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 campaign, then worked at State. She then joined the board of directors of the foundation and remains on it still, even as she works on Clinton 2016. Nick Merrill, an aide to Mrs. Clinton at State, has continued on as her press liaison. Last year his name popped up on a news release as a contact person for the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Merrill will be a campaign spokesman for Clinton 2016.

Maura Pally was until recently the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation. Her training for this important job was working as a lawyer in the Clinton White House, as a counsel to Hillary 2008, and in cultural affairs at the State Department. Valerie Alexander is the foundation’s chief marketing officer, and the woman responsible for turning the outfit into a Clinton PR machine. She worked as a senior communications adviser for Hillary 2008.

Amitabh Desai is the foundation’s foreign policy director. He was a legislative aide to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Craig Minassian is the foundation’s chief communications officer. He worked on Hillary 2008. Ira Magaziner is CEO of the Clinton Health Care Access Initiative. He is one of the Clintons’ oldest advisers. Bari Lurie, chief of staff to Chelsea Clinton, worked on Hillary’s Senate campaign and her 2008 run, and for her PAC. Erika Gudmundson is the foundation’s deputy director of communications initiatives. She was a press aide for Hillary 2008.

By itself, Cheryl Mills serving on the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors is acceptable if that’s the only hat she wears. It isn’t. Ms. Mills is working on Hillary’s campaign while working for the Foundation.

Then there’s this:

The other question is how many more operatives are cashing foundation checks that we don’t know about—as “consultants” for the group. We now know longtime Clinton pal Sid Blumenthal drew $10,000 a month. For what? Then there’s Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, who worked as traveling chief of staff during the 2008 campaign, then went to State. There she was granted a special arrangement to continue earning money as a private-sector consultant. Among those she consulted for? The Clinton Foundation. Ms. Abedin has transitioned back as vice chairman of Mrs. Clinton 2016 campaign.

I’m not a lawyer but this information looks like it pertains to the Clinton Foundation:

7.25.3.1.1 (02-23-1999) Statute

1.IRC 501(c)(3) exempts from Federal income tax: corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (i)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

There’s certainly grounds for an investigation. We don’t know when Cheryl Mills or Huma Abedin left the Foundation and started working for Hillary’s campaign. For that matter, I haven’t seen proof that they’ve left the Foundation. Working for the Foundation and for the campaign certainly would warrant an investigation.

Fortunately for the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration won’t investigate this situation.

2 Responses to “The IRS’s next investigation?”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    Based on the case that you just laid out shouldn’t the FEC be investigating on the grounds of illegal financial support of a political campaign?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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