To use an analogy, how is it that we only find out about the fire after all the smoke is gone? It’s like insult to injury to later on say, ‘oh by the way, we had a bad fire.’ But that is the way I view all this disturbing information coming out almost weekly.
Salon: ‘Massive Clinton Fundraising Operation’ Inside State Dept. Raked in Cash for Hillary
by Breitbart News — 21 Mar 2015
Hillary tapped Kris Balderston, the hit list author, to keep the Clinton political network humming at State. A longtime lieutenant to both Clintons, Balderston, who called everyone “buddy,” liked to talk in salesman’s terms about Hillary’s “power to convene” and her commitment to making sure her partners could “do well by doing good.” What he meant was that Hillary could use the Clinton Rolodex to focus private-sector money, government power, and the expertise at colleges and nonprofits to solve global problems. At best, they would do a public service and make a buck. At worst, they would make a powerful friend. Balderston became, for lack of a better term, Hillary’s special ops guy at State.
He wrote Hillary the first memo on his concept for an office that would mirror Bill’s Clinton Global Initiative on December 8, 2008, less than a week after she was named to her job and more than six weeks before she took office. Though she had to wait for some of her lieutenants to clear the Obama vetting process and a Senate confirmation vote, she had made it a priority to empower Balderston, the political fixer who could help her build unique networks connecting her State Department to other government agencies, the nonprofit sector, and the corporate world. While many Democrats believe that government is the answer to the world’s problems, and many Republicans believe the same of the private sector, Balderston’s office was the embodiment of Hillary’s core Clintonian belief that government, business, and charitable organizations are all vital components of a thriving society.
“It’s more than raising money,” said one source familiar with the concept. “It’s networking other people’s intellectual property, networks, lists, that sort of thing. You need somebody who does more than just raise money.” Just like the Clinton Global Initiative.
But intellectual property and network expansion would have to wait—Hillary needed cash. Balderston was still setting up the office when Hillary approached him at the end of February 2009. “I have the first project for you,” she said. The job: raise more than $60 million from the private sector in nine months. In an era of billion-dollar presidential campaigns, that might not sound like much jack. But the government generally doesn’t raise money from the private sector, in large part because of the potential for corporate donors to give with the expectation that they will get specific government actions in return. Moreover, Congress and the Bush administration had shunned the very initiative Hillary wanted Balderston to execute.
H/T to Pepp for the article
Behind every good politician is a fixer, as I like to say. Hillary knew exactly what she was doing when she brought him on board the Good Ship Clinton. Imagine the table talk at the Clinton house. Here was the premier Clinton Global Initiative on Bill’s plate, and on Hillary’s the keys to the often-overlooked kingdom at State Department. Whatever could be the problem with that? Conversation must have been enchanting. Of course you’d need someone like Balderston to occasionally make sure the dots get connected properly and that the trains run on time, or the wheels get oiled properly.
With the Clintons, it seems you never have to look far for a fixer or bag-man to do the necessary dirty work.You know, like Sandy Berger types. Considering Clintons’ upper status, after years in the making, one expects the landscape must be littered with them from Hope to Chappaqua. It would seem natural, for the Clintons that is. Then her top aide, Huma Mahmood Abedin, would probably be intimately involved with the network.
So what better thing to have than your own communication network and server? Who else but Clintons could get away with that setup, for as long with no one raising their eyebrows at it? I factor that into Hillary’s demand to stand up the outpost at Benghazi by the end of the fiscal year, which is what Stevens was doing. So Hillary leaves a trail, but we don’t seem to hear about it till long after the fact.