(National Sentinel) Corruption: Well, well, well.
Seems Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona, is much more than just a pain in the ass of President Donald J. Trump these days. Seems he may fashion himself much more a Clintonista than even we suspected.
As reported exclusively by The Daily Caller, in 2012 McCain handed over some $9 million in unspent campaign funds from his failed 2008 presidential bid to a new foundation named after him: the McCain Institute for International Leadership (we know – what a misleading name, associating McCain with ‘global leadership’).
The organization is supposed to serve as McCain’s “legacy” and says its “dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy, and freedom” (just like every other Left-wing hack organization claims to want to do). It’s tax-exempt, not-for-profit, and currently has assets of about $8.1 million. It’s associated with Arizona State University.
But real conservatives and other critics of McCain smell a rat, a TheDC reports:
McCain…is a major political force in Washington, D.C. He is presently chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.
The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.
And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.
Boy, does all of this look and sound familiar.
In addition, the institute has taken at least $100,000 from a Moroccan state-run company tied to repeated charges of worker abuse and exploitation. The McCain group has also accepted at least $100,000 from the Pivotal Foundation, which was created by Francis Najafi who owns the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm.
The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated.
The NIAC is “Iran’s lobbyists in Washington,” said Aresh Salih, the Washington representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. “People inside of Iran know them as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.”
Critics smell smoke and some see a fire.
“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told TheDCNF. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”
Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, added that for McCain to be taking in foreign donations as head of a foundation, while still a sitting senator, raises major troubling ethics questions.
In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official,” he told the news site. “From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”
Added Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street investment banker and philanthropy law expert: “…[H]igh government officials such as John McCain, [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama should not get involved with vehicles like these where substantial sums can be funneled over time in ways that at best, wreak of impropriety and at worse are public corruption.”
As for McCain, he’s no stranger to scandal – or nefarious relationships. The DC noted further: “McCain and Soros reportedly became friends after the senator was exposed as a member of the ‘Keating Five’ during the savings and loan (S&L) industry scandal during former President George H.W. Bush’s administration. As the S&L bank chairman, Charles Keating paid $1.3 million to bribe five members of Congress to interfere with government regulators on behalf of the savings bank.”
So, we ask the question: Why is President Donald J. Trump under investigation, when the swamp around him is hiding in plain sight?