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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 06:27 PM

Colin Powell’s foundation and Hillary Clinton’s are treated very differently by the media

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/8/30/12690444/alma-powell-clinton-foundation

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Needless to say, however, Powell continued to be involved in American political life. His sky-high poll numbers ensured he’d be buzzed about as a possible presidential or vice presidential nominee, either as a moderate Republican or as an independent. Realistically, that wasn’t in the cards, and Powell was smart enough to know it. But his support for George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign lent him valuable credibility, and his recruitment to serve as Bush’s first secretary of state was considered an important political and substantive coup by Bush.

So what about the charity? Well, Powell’s wife, Alma Powell, took it over. And it kept raking in donations from corporate America. Ken Lay, the chair of Enron, was a big donor. He also backed a literacy-related charity that was founded by the then-president’s mother. The US Department of State, at the time Powell was secretary, went to bat for Enron in a dispute the company was having with the Indian government.

Did Lay or any other Enron official attempt to use their connections with Alma Powell (or Barbara Bush, for that matter) to help secure access to State Department personnel in order to voice these concerns? Did any other donors to America’s Promise? I have no idea, because to the best of my knowledge nobody in the media ever launched an extensive investigation into these matters. That’s the value of the presumption of innocence, something Hillary Clinton has never been able to enjoy during her time in the national spotlight.

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It’s natural to assume that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But the smoke emanating from the Clinton Foundation is not a naturally occurring phenomenon. It is the result of a reasonably well-funded dedicated partisan opposition research campaign, and of editorial decisions by the managers of major news organizations to dedicate resources to running down every possible Clinton email lead in the universe.

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Tue Aug 30, 2016, 06:42 PM

1. We know Ken Lay contacted W when Enron was spiraling out of control, did his donation allow

access to the WH, yes, Trump has played the pay for play for years, even bragged on his pay for play. This is the difference in the Clintons and everyone else. I bet the Clinton Foundation has a much larger percentage going to helping others than a lot of charities.

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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 06:47 PM

2. The AT&T donations are way worse his son was FCC chairman

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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 08:29 PM

3. K & R & bookmarked!

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