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Clintons caught hiding contributions from lobbyists tied to Uranium One scandal

the Clintons understated donations they received in 2008 and 2016 from a firm hired by a Russian nuclear company

(National SentinelClinton Corruption: Former President Bill Clinton and Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hid donations from a firm tied to the controversial Uranium One, as indicated in documents obtained by The Hill.

Reporters John Solomon and Alisan Spann reported that the Clintons understated donations they received in 2008 and 2016 from a firm hired by a Russian nuclear company involved in the deal.

The pair reported:

The Clinton Foundation’s donor disclosure site vastly understated support that the Clinton Global Initiative received from APCO Worldwide, a global communications firm that lobbied on behalf of Russia’s state-owned nuclear company.

The site, created to detect conflicts of interest for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because of her family’s various charitable efforts, shows APCO gave between $25,000 and $50,000 over the last decade.

But according to interviews and internal documents reviewed by The Hill, APCO was much more generous and provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro-bono services and in-kind contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) between 2008 and 2016.

An internal CGI document that was prepared in the fall of 2011, for example, lists APCO’s in-kind contribution for that year alone at $275,000. Also, the firm’s annual report pertaining to its charitable contributions featured a large increase in support for the Clinton charity in 2011.

“In 2011, APCO significantly increased its pro-bono support for CGI and, for the first time, our team managed the press around CGI’s America meeting, as well as its global Annual Meeting,” APCO stated in a report submitted to the United Nations Global Compact.

The donations jump came as APCO recieved $3 million in 2010 and 2011 from Rosatom, the Russian nuclear firm that managed to obtain 20 percent of all U.S. uranium reserves.

Uranium is a strategic asset since it is used in nuclear power and the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

“Rosatom paid APCO to lobby the State Department and other federal agencies on behalf of its Tenex subsidiary, which sought to increase its commercial uranium sales in the United States,” The Hill reported.

The Uranium One deal is controversial because Hillary Clinton, in her role as secretary of state, had a part in approving the deal — even as, apparently, donations flowed from interested parties to her and her husband’s charities.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, said the donations had nothing to do with her policy decisions while at State.

He also blamed the renewed focus on the deal on President Donald J. Trump and conservatives. He said it was simply “more of the right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems, which are real and a grave threat to our national security.”

The Hill noted further:

The donor disclosure site was set up under a special ethics agreement when Clinton became President Obama’s secretary of State. It declared that CGI was a part of the Clinton Foundation, acknowledged that CGI commitments included “in-kind contributions” and said that all donors to the Foundation would be disclosed annually even as CGI was to be spun off into its own entity.

However, foundation officials told the news site that’s not quite how things worked out in practice.

The agreement “did not include the disclosure of in-kind and pro-bono donations to CGI, in part because the IRS doesn’t treat them as reportable charitable revenues. Only cash contributions to CGI were reported, the officials said.”

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