Clinton aide Band: Chelsea used foundation to finance lavish wedding, lifestyle

by WorldTribune Staff, November 6, 2016

Doug Band, the former top aide to Bill Clinton who helped found the Clinton Global Initiative, accused Chelsea Clinton of using foundation money to pay for her wedding and getting paid to campaign, all while avoiding paying taxes.

After Chelsea had launched an investigation into the foundation’s finances under Band’s control, Band emailed Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta to complain. Band called Chelsea’s actions, “not smart” according to emails published by WikiLeaks.

The IRS has led the Clinton Foundation slide while going after others, such as Tea Party groups. /Reuters
The IRS has led the Clinton Foundation slide while going after others, such as Tea Party groups. /Reuters

Podesta replied, “You are perfecting your skills for understatement.”

“I learned from the best,” Band wrote. “The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents….”

Band ended his email with, “I hope that you will speak to her and end this. Once we go down this road….”

Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation embodies “Robin Hood in reverse,” stealing from the poor to enrich Democratic elites, a Wall Street investment analyst said.

Even before all the newly-exposed emails from campaign chairman John Podesta’s account were released by WikiLeaks, analyst Charles Ortel had referred to the Clinton Foundation as “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted.”

Ortel says the leaks have only fortified his position.

The Clintons have figured out how to turn their so-called charity in a business and “a perfect gathering place and a front” for bringing powerful people together, concocting deals and making people rich, including the Clintons, Ortel says.

Ortel also charged that the IRS and other government agencies are picking winners and losers for charities with two sets of rules. Tea party groups, as well as Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, who is facing over 300 years in prison for her $800,000 slush fund, faced the wrath of government, while the $2 billion Clinton charity that bends rules, goes without scrutiny, he says.

“The Clinton Foundation is, in fact, part of a network of ‘false-front’ charities – these entities are illegally organized and have been operating in violation of state, federal, and foreign laws, starting by 1997,” Ortel said.

“The scope and scale of illegal activities carried out by trustees, executives, significant donors, and professional advisers in the names of Clinton Foundation entities are only evident when you consider abundant information in the public domain and then read the body of laws that serves as a framework for regulating charities and their solicitation efforts.”