from Sputnik News:
Journalist Adam Davidson who writes New York Magazine and hosts a show on NPR says the Clinton Foundation is “all about buying access” describing it as “gross.”
Appearing on this week’s “Slate Political Gabfest” podcast, journalist Adam Davidson who previously served as a moderator for the Clinton Global Initiative, the centerpiece of the Clinton Foundation, blasted the former Secretary of State and former US President for shamelessly using charity as a cover for a complex pay-to-play scheme.
“It seems, to me, that it is all about buying access. It is incredibly expensive just to go to the thing, it’s $100,000-something,” said Davidson before digging into the nuts and bolts of the pay-to-play scheme.
“There’s sort of these explicit ways in which you get access,” he said. “You pay more money to get more access to political leaders and to really rich people and to big corporate leaders. It feels like the worst version of an elite selling access to the aspirational, creating this theater of doing good, but it’s all about something else.”
“It really feels gross,” said the journalist who said that the Clintons were “beholden to scumbags” through their work with the Clinton Foundation.
“If you are planning… to run for president… don’t set up a foundation where you are beholden to scumbags from other countries. That’s ridiculous,” said Davidson. “And if you are Secretary of State tell your husband not to do business with them.”
The Clinton Foundation has faced a barrage of media attention in the past week following a shocking AP report that showed that over half of Hillary Clinton’s meetings as Secretary of State, not including consults that were part of her official duties, were with Clinton Foundation donors many of whom were initially denied a meeting with her under formal State Department protocol.
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