• Hillary Clinton Ignored Human Rights Abuses in Exchange for Oil Money

    Another day, another scandalous tale involving Hillary Clinton’s suspect ethics. Apparently the former Secretary of State traded diplomatic favors in exchange for private donations.

    Clinton reportedly supported a Colombian free trade agreement as secretary of state only after the founder of Columbia’s largest oil company pledged more than $100 million to her family’s foundation.

    Clinton opposed the U.S.-Colombia trade pact when she was running for president in 2008 because of the nation’s alleged disrespect for human rights and abuses of labor activist.

    When workers at Pacific Rubiales, the oil company in question in Colombia, went on strike in 2011 the Colombian military reportedly “rounded them up at gunpoint and threatened violence if they failed to disband,” according to the Washington office of Latin America, a human rights group.

    Pacific Rubiales has repeatedly denied charges that it infringed on workers’ rights.

    Canadian financier Frank Giustra, the founder of the oil company in question who now is on the board of the Clinton Foundation, at the time pledged to donate more than $100 million to the Clinton Foundation.

    Giustra’s lofty donation helped smooth over any lingering concerns about Columbia’s commitment to basic rights.

    A few months later Bill Clinton golfed with Giustra and the secretary of state abruptly dropped her objections to Columbia’s human rights violations prompting Congress to pass the United States-Colombia Free Trade Promotion Agreement.

    Clinton’s State Department certified annually that Colombia was “meeting statutory criteria related to human rights.”

    The deal permitted “hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to flow to the same Colombian military that labor activists say helped intimidate workers,” and, according to the report, “delivered big benefits to foreign investors like Giustra.”

    Clinton’s private email and mysteriously empty private server saga has dominated headlines, but the broadcast networks are ignoring the Clinton Foundation scandal.

    The Clinton Foundation has engaged in too many shady practices to recount in a single post. The foundation reportedly received millions of dollars in new or increased payments from at least seven foreign governments, including repressive Middle Eastern regimes with atrocious records on human and women’s rights, during her tenure as Secretary of State. However the State Department confirmed “that none of the seven government donations had been submitted” to the agency for review.

    The Clinton Foundation allegations may provide context for why Mrs. Clinton used a personal email account and that her private server was supposedly wiped clean.

    Gee, Hillary will make a great President!

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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