Being a Clinton is profitable. Recent WikiLeaks emails have shown us how former President Bill Clinton received million-dollar birthday gifts and links between donations to the Clinton Foundation and access to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Now emails are revealing other perks that come with the Clinton name.
In a recently released WikiLeaks email, Ira Magaziner, CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) emailed John Podesta, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, and others asking that former President Bill Clinton call King Mohammed VI of Morocco to thank him for “offering his plane to the conference in Ethiopia.”
The Daily Caller reports that “Clinton frequently has expected free, luxurious private jet travel during his post-presidential life. Clinton, his wife and daughter have artfully secured free air travel and luxurious accommodations since they left the White House. It’s an effective way to accept gifts of great value without declaring them for the Clinton Foundation.” If, in fact, the free use of airplanes is not being reported and donors are taking tax deductions for them, then donors may be violating the law. “It’s highly illegal and it’s likely that the owners of these aircraft took tax deductions as a gift to the Clinton Foundation,” Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told the Daily Caller.
Regarding the specific case of King Mohammed, he not only offered free use of his jet but the Clinton Foundation also considers him a huge donor. He has donated at least $28 million to the Clinton Foundation. The conference for which the jet was offered was organized by Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, a Saudi billionaire who donated approximately $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
The Daily Caller reports that “neither the Clinton Foundation nor CHAI have listed any ‘non-cash contributions’ – such as free jumbo jet travel – on their 2011 tax return for the free use of the aircraft.” And other similar donations have also been revealed including the former CEO of InfoUSA who donated “$900,000 worth of free air travel on the company jet.” At least one of those trips was for a Clinton family vacation to Acapulco, Mexico. The list goes on and on. King Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, producer Stephen Big, hedge fund guru Ron Burkle.
One can only imagine the perks that the Clintons will take at taxpayer expense if Hillary Clinton is elected president next week.