The Corner

Politics & Policy

Hillary Clinton’s 2015 Charitable Contributions Went . . . to the Clintons

Mother Jones reports:

Clinton’s tax filings show that she and Bill Clinton donated just over $1 million to charity last year, the bulk of which went to the Clinton Foundation. Another $42,000 was donated to the Desert Classic Charities, a nonprofit that organizes the Carebuilder Challenge charity golf tournament with the Clinton Foundation. In total, the Clinton’s gave nearly 10 percent of their income to charity.

That’s certainly one way of putting it. Another would be: “Of the $1,042,000 that the Clintons gave to charity last year, 96 percent of it went to their own foundation, and four percent of it went to fund a golf tournament.”

As Tyler Durden notes over at Zerohedge, this is pretty darned incestuous. “Taking a deduction for contributing to the employer of your daughter and expense payer of your husband,” Durden notes, “is awesome.”

Indeed it is. And it hardly helps to dispel the suspicion that the Clintons have set up an all-purpose money-and-influence roundabout, which they use to advance their private interests under the guise of “public service.” Frankly, I’m not sure which part is more suspicious. Is it that the Clintons unashamedly use their high-ranking government roles in order to funnel outside contributions into their family-controlled slush fund? Or is it that they use that slush fund as vehicle with which to avoid taxes on the lucrative speaking fees that — yes, you’ve guessed it — are the product of influence obtained by the possession of high-ranking government roles?

On the stump, Hillary Clinton likes to rail against Citizens United, usually on the grounds that overly cozy relationships yield the appearance of impropriety, and that this has a cancerous effect on the body politic. What one wonders, would Candidate Clinton say about her own foundation if it had been set up in any name other than her own?

Most Popular


Jussie Smollett Jokes Declared Off-Limits

The Jussie Smollett story has been declared not fit for jokes. "It's a straight-up tragedy," declares the co-creator of a Comedy Central show, South Side, set in Chicago. Bashir Salahuddin, a former Jimmy Fallon writer, says “The whole situation is unfortunate. Particularly for the city, there’s bigger ... Read More

What The 1619 Project Leaves Out

“The goal of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times that this issue of the magazine inaugurates, is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year,” The New York Times Magazine editors declare. “Doing so requires us to place ... Read More
PC Culture

Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness

This might come as some surprise to observers of our campus culture wars, but there was a time, not long ago, when the situation in American higher education was much worse. There a wave of vicious campus activism aimed at silencing heterodox speakers, and it was typically empowered by a comprehensive regime of ... Read More
Film & TV

The Movies Take On Limbaugh, Levin, et al.

Oh, good, here’s the lefty British comic Steve Coogan to give us his take on American right-wing talk radio. Let’s all settle in for some deep insights. The comedy-drama is dismally titled Hot Air. No, seriously. That’s what they came up with. Coogan’s Lionel Macomb is introduced to us via his ... Read More