Saturday, September 10, 2016
New York State AG shows no interest in the Clinton Foundation. In the end Democrats are tribal and will protect their own.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman believes in “one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful,” his Web site says. It needs a footnote: *Except when it comes to Hillary Clinton.
Scripps News this week reported that the AG “has the power to force the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to publicly disclose” gifts from individual foreign governments — but Schneiderman isn’t using that power.
Hmm: In 2012, the AG began harassing nonprofits for the names of donors and gifts. Last week, he bragged that forcing the group Citizens United to provide such info would help him protect “against fraud and abuse.”
Maybe Schneiderman’s support for Hillary (he’s on her “leadership council” in New York) has something to do with it . . .
State law, and instructions from the AG’s office, requires nonprofits to list government agencies’ gifts. But Scripps’ investigation found that “year after year the Clinton charities have ignored New York law.”
Instead, they merely gave a lump-sum total of their foreign gifts. And Schneiderman kept mum.
The AG’s office says the law doesn’t say nonprofits must detail giving by foreign “government agencies” — and Schneiderman is working to clarify the rules.
Yet he saw no need for clarification when it came to Citizens United, which has long blown the whistle on Clinton shenanigans.
Schneiderman’s hypocrisy is clear as day: He picks his fights based on the politics. He claims to guard against “fraud and abuse” at nonprofits, but who’s guarding against abuse by him?