For her next trick, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will purge politics of ‘unaccountable money” while continuing to rake in $2 billion from “major” unspecified donors. At the same time, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has annoucned that it will continue to accept donations from foreign governments. The cameras will not cut away during the illusion.
At her initial campaign stop at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, candidate Clinton was asked by a member of the press how she planned to accomplish this feat of legerdemain. Her answer: “I don’t know.”
Meanwhile, the board of the foundation that bears her name clarified that donations would be permitted to funnel from only six governments — Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. However (of course there is a “however”), other governments would be permitted to continue their participation in the Clinton Global Initiative, a subsidiary program that encourages donors to match contributions from others to tackle international problems without direct donations to the charity.
If you find this all too confusing, you’re not alone. Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders claims to be confused by the carefully packaged rollout of the campaign, asking on MSNBC, “Why don’t you tell me what Hillary Clinton is campaigning on?” Then he answered his own question, submitting, “You don’t know, and I don’t know, and the American people don’t know.”