Released memo outlines Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches
- Author: Michelle Webb Oct 30, 2016,
Oct 30, 2016, 2:26
Band explained that independent of Teneo's fundraising efforts for the foundation, his company helped the former president secure and engage in for-profit activities like speeches and books. A recent tour of several African countries gave Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, and a handful of donors and aides a first-hand look at the philanthropic work of the Clinton Foundation.
Copies were sent to President Clinton, Chelsea, board members Terry McAuliffe and Bruce Lindsey and special advisor John Podesta.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has touted the WikiLeaks releases of Podesta's emails, while the Clinton campaign has repeatedly warned that the releases have exploited emails stolen by hackers working for the Russian government.
He said he had received no fees or percentages of "the more than $50 million in for-profit activity we have personally helped to secure for president Clinton to date or the $66 million in future contracts, should he choose to continue with those engagements".
In a January 2016 email to senior Hillary Clinton advisers, longtime Democratic staffer Ron Klain outlined a series of political questions the campaign would need to prepare for, including questions about why Hillary was struggling in the polls, as well as "WJC Issues".
The memo, which is part of the WikiLeaks dump of hacked emails, makes clear how inseparable the Clinton Foundation was to business interests, according to NBC's First Read team.
The campaign expected Hillary to be asked a question like, "Bill Cosby has campaigned for YOU in the past and is a donor to the Clinton Foundation - Do YOU think his Presidential Medal of Freedom should be revoked and will the foundation return the money?"
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A Teneo representative told ABC News in a statement: "As the memo demonstrates, Teneo worked to encourage clients, where appropriate, to support the Clinton Foundation because of the good work that it does around the world".
Band, describing the former president's management of "Bill Clinton Inc.", laid out the "unorthodox nature" of how he and other aides navigated between Bill Clinton's dual interests in seeking out speaking and consulting ventures around the world while he raised funds for the Clinton Foundation.
"We also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the president and his family - for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like", Band allegedly said in the document.
The memo, which was released by WikiLeaks on Friday, may have been prompted by Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri's poor performance the day before when pressed about Cosby's ties to the Clinton Foundation.
In a nutshell, Band used glittering foundation events to pitch potential clients, and he urged clients to donate to the foundation and hire the former president for paid speeches and lucrative advisory positions.
"Mr. Band called the arrangement 'unorthodox.' The rest of us call it outright corruption".
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