Monday, November 7, 2016

Wikileaks: Clinton Had Little Consideration For Ethics’ Said Her Camapign Manager

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Date: 2015-03-11 15:29
Subject: Villarreal--potential flag

So, not to be a complete pain in the ass, but I found a potential flag about Jose Villarreal. I was re-reading the self research documents and it looks like he's snared up in the conflict of interest stuff at State...not the WORST thing in the world, but there's a real argument here that he was at the nexus of foundation/state issues. Mostly trumped up, but I'd question if we want him as an officer. Again, sorry to be a pain on this, but I think it's important. As Secretary, Clinton took advantage of her financial networks and corporate connections to raise over $72 million from 66 corporations for the United States Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Shanghai in 2010. She also appointed a longtime friend of the family, Jose Villarreal, to be the Commissioner General of the U.S.’s Expo in Shanghai. When soliciting contributions, Clinton had little consideration for ethics, as the corporations who were featured in Shanghai also contributed to her foundation and received accolades from the State Department. For example, some of the biggest contributors to Shanghai, including Proctor & Gamble, Boeing, and General Electric, all received favorable treatment from the State Department. The corporate contributions were a boon for Clinton,giving her a public relations win as she helped save the privately-funded U.S. pavilion. But in doing so, Clinton allowed the corporations to become the centerpiece of an exhibit that is supposed to emphasize American values. As the Washington Post noted, the American pavilion was “larded with corporate advertising” but contained “no messages about democracy or freedom of expression or religious beliefs.” In her haste to help herself and her corporate allies, Clinton forgot the purpose of American participation in events like the expo.