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Scarborough: 'Bill Clinton Inc.' Donation Scheme 'Sleazy'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 12:36 PM

A scheme to pad former President Bill Clinton's payroll while bringing in contributions for the Clinton Foundation was "sleazy, and everybody knows it," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Thursday.

"You're trading in public service while someone is secretary of state," Scarborough, the host of the "Morning Joe" program, commented during a panel discussion about a memo leaked by WikiLeaks showing Clinton's close confidant, Doug Band, talking about "Bill Clinton Inc.," as he dubbed the plan.

"You're shaking down the world for $66 million instead of a Rolex watch or a life-sized portrait," Scarborough continued, making references to purchases made by Donald Trump's foundation.

Band wrote the internal memo, a 12-page document, in 2011. His private consulting firm, Teneo, raised millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation, but also sought out paid speech gigs for Clinton.

In one incident, Band secured a $540,000 donation for the foundation from banking giant UBS and later arranged for Clinton to speak to the firm for a total of $900,000 for three speeches.

Band argued his duties were "independent" of each other, penning the document after Clinton's daughter Chelsea criticized his role.

"They're actually bragging about being able to shake down foundation clients for Bill Clinton money," Scarborough said Thursday. "He's bragging about it. It's not like Doug Band brought this up on his own. He was doing his boss's bidding."

According to The Washington Post, Band wrote in his memo that Teneo had brought in more than $8 million for the foundation, but it also brought in another $3 million for Bill Clinton himself, and said that he'd secure contracts that would pay Clinton $66 million over the next nine years, should the deals he made remain.

Scarborough said he was shocked "by how crude and crudely drawn out this was about the blurring of lines of helping, using a foundation that you say you're setting up to help the world and at the same time bragging about how you're going to blur the lines between the money raised for the foundation on one hand and on the other hand, raise $60 million for Bill Clinton."

Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin agreed that there is "no question, you see business going on and that Bill Clinton, Doug Band, and others enriched themselves by leveraging those relationships," but said there's still a missing piece to the puzzle.

"Did any of those people get stuff from the government when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state?" he asked. "We already know they got the ability to rub elbows with people in the Clinton orbit and I guarantee you while some of those companies were motivated by doing good some of them were motivated by also doing well."

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A scheme to pad former President Bill Clinton's payroll while bringing in contributions for the Clinton Foundation was "sleazy, and everybody knows it," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Thursday.
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