When we think of political corruption we usually think of a seamy and seedy politician taking a sordid bribe from an unethical individual or entity, and seldom of a worldwide network of corruption dedicated with the sole purpose of peddling political influence for profit. And yet that’s exactly what the mounting revelations by Wikileaks have uncovered, an organized political crime syndicate, better known as the “CLINTON FOUNDATION.”

Moreover this political crime syndicate headed by both Bill and Hillary Clinton has managed to corrupt once honorable government institutions like the State Department, the Justice Department, the FBI and perhaps the most distressing of all the White House itself.

This latest revelation published Wednesday by WikiLeaks identifies 2-chief fundraisers for the Clinton Foundation who pressured corporate donors to hire Bill Clinton as a speaker.

The “play for pay” bribe was outlined in a November 2011 memo from Douglas Band, a Clinton operative that pushed for the former president to appear as a guest speaker at whatever corporate events were scheduled usually at excessive speaking fees, which coincidentally spiked when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of Sate.

The memo is one of many that illustrate the cozy and at times complex relationships designed primarily to discourage any independent probe between the Clinton's’ charity work and their personal business dealings.

The meetings between the former president and top corporate executives usually took place on golf courses set up by Mr. Band, who then pitched for donations for the Clinton Foundation, and also selling the Clinton Global Initiative, as worthwhile charities and also pushed for speaking engagements for the former president.

Doug Band with Bill Clinton

This practice of questionable and perhaps illegal business dealings apparently raised a red flag for both Chelsea Clinton and the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP who she tasked to review the Clinton Foundation’s activities and links to Mr. Band, and was concerned that Band was “hustling business” for his consulting firm, which is a major ethics violation.

Brand responded to the internal probe stating in a memo:

“We appreciate the unorthodox nature of our roles, and the goal of seeking ways to ensure we are implementing best practices to protect the 501(c)3 status of the Foundation.”

Clearly what the WikiLeaks revelations has uncovered is a tangled web of unorthodox “pay for play” dealings and a concerted effort by the Clinton’s to willfully hide covert business dealing within a maze of charitable donations which would take years to unravel.

WSJ detailed how the pay for play plan was executed:

The system has drawn scrutiny from Republicans, who say it allowed corporations and other wealthy supporters to pay for entree to a popular former president and a onetime secretary of state who is now the Democratic presidential nominee.

Band wrote the memo in 2011 to foundation lawyers conducting a review of the organization amid a brewing feud with the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was taking a stronger role in leading the foundation and had expressed concerns about Teneo’s operations.

The memo, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like."

Do you think this is just more concrete proof that the Clinton Foundation's real purpose is not to make the world a better place but to make the Clinton's bank account fatter?

Let us know your thoughts on these sketchy pay to play dealings in the comments below.

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