The Clintons: What’s Past Is Prologue
By David Bossie
They’ve been involved with questionable donors since the 1990s.
As I read the recent reports about the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of contributions from foreign governments, I couldn’t help but think about the past. More specifically, I thought of my time as chief investigator for U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight in the 1990s.
I led the investigation into the millions of dollars in contributions that came into the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from illegal foreign sources, and whether that money influenced policy and access during the Clinton administration. To quote Yogi Berra, it’s like déjà vu all over again.
The latest foreign-money episode involving the Clinton Foundation ties together many different storylines that I’ve become accustomed to with the Clinton modus operandi, and it tells us a great deal about the challenges Secretary Clinton will face if she becomes a candidate for president.
One prime indicator that a 2016 Clinton campaign could look like a sequel to Old School is how the Clintons continue to be so overly defensive with public relations and damage control. Look at how longtime Clinton moneyman and current Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe tried to defend Secretary Clinton for accepting foreign money to her foundation:
If the biggest attack on Hillary’s going to be that she raised too much money for her charity, okay, I’ll take that. . . . No one’s alleging anything beyond that she raised money and people gave her money and foreign governments gave her money.
McAuliffe served as co-chairman of the Bill Clinton reelection campaign in 1996 and was responsible for coordinating the brazen rental of the Lincoln Bedroom to wealthy donors and shaking down big labor unions. He was Clinton’s main fundraiser when the campaign and the DNC took in millions in illegal foreign money.
McAuliffe is the last person who should be out front on a shady-fundraising story. Listening to McAuliffe try to reassure the public about what’s appropriate when it comes to fundraising is truly discomforting, given his record. And that brings us to another Clinton flaw: The Clintons can survive only if the American people forget history. Nostalgia is a powerful feeling. Sometimes we remember only the good. But with the Clintons, we should know better.
I was surprised to find online a U.S. Justice Department press release from January 2001 that announced a prosecution by the old Campaign Finance Task Force. The guilty plea being publicized on that particular day was by longtime Clinton friend and donor James Riady:
Riady is one of 26 people and two corporations charged by the Campaign Financing [sic] Task Force, which was established four years ago by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate allegations of campaign financing abuses in the 1996 election cycle.
Reading that press release was like taking a walk down memory lane. The campaign-finance allegations that surfaced after the Clinton reelection effort were so egregious that his own attorney general felt compelled to appoint a special unit to investigate Democratic improprieties.
The media are making serious allegations, and rightfully so. They are legitimate. There will be a clear conflict of interest involving the countries that gave the Clinton Foundation money if Hillary Clinton becomes a candidate, and even more so if she’s elected president. To deny that obvious truth would be an act of Clintonian brazenness. Why accept the money from overseas in the first place? Of course they knew this story was coming, and the Clintons decided to do it anyway. What does this tell us? It tells us that they show a stunning arrogance, and that perhaps it’s in all of our best interests to keep some of these pre-existing foreign relationships away from the White House.
I hope the American people remember that the Clintons sold access to foreign governments and interests while in the White House during the 1990s. Their foundation’s scandal raises the question: Why wouldn’t they do it again? Our country deserves better. — David N. Bossie has been president of Citizens United and the Citizens
CPAC Theater and Film Festival
By David Bossie
This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being held this week and once again my organization, Citizens United, the nation’s premier conservative filmmaker, will be hosting the CPAC Theater and Film Festival throughout the weekend.
We will be kicking things off on Thursday with an event featuring Dr. Ben Carson, giving activists both a chance to hear from Dr. Carson about his vision for the country and a chance to meet him as well. Later that day we will be showing our film Rocky Mountain Heist, with a live introduction from film host Michelle Malkin.
On Friday we will host a meet and greet with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Attendees will be able to hear from the Governor and have a chance to meet with him too. Following that event, we will be hosting Mr. Donald Trump who will discuss his views on the Obama Administration and meet with attendees.
Our premier event will be in the main CPAC ballroom, and I couldn’t be more excited as we join with Breitbart News to present the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. This particular event will be one of the most-talked about of the conference and we hope you will attend if you are at the conference, or tune in to a livestream or on television if you are at home!
Many of our films will also be featuring live introductions to some of our groundbreaking films by Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista, as well as Senator Rick Santorum.
Our mission is simple: the leaders of this country must listen to conservatives and enact conservative legislation. For the past six years, liberals have run this country into the ground with their failed policies. Enough is enough.
We, as a nation, need to return to the policies of the free market, economic trade, family values, peace through strength and national security. We know it works, and that Americans thrive when they are implemented. The Conservative Political Action Conference is a time where the leaders of the conservative movement and all of Washington takes note of what conservatives envision for America, and I am honored to take part in this event every year.
To view a full schedule of our events at this year’s CPAC, please visit the Citizens United website.
QUACK ATTACK: Phil Robertson to receive Andrew Breitbart Award
By David Bossie
It is my honor to partner with Breitbart News Network, and Breitbart executives Stephen K. Bannon and Larry Solov, to present the Second Annual Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Last year, we bestowed the inaugural award to The Great One–conservative radio host Mark Levin. The presentation ceremony for this award was standing-room only at the CPAC Theater, where activists and conservative leaders joined to hear Mark Levin’s courageous acceptance speech.
This year, we are presenting this prestigious award to Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. The media is already buzzing about this exciting event, and the American Conservative Union has promoted it to the main CPAC stage, in front of thousands of conservatives and live on C-SPAN.
Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union said, “Robertson personifies the importance of holding tight to that which gives our lives meaning. For Phil Robertson, that includes his family, the Lord above, and of course creating havoc in the Louisiana countryside. We are honored to have him at this year’s CPAC.” I wholeheartedly agree.
Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon and I created this award to celebrate those who fiercely defend their free speech rights and the First Amendment. Someone who finds themselves taking on the institutional left and the mainstream media, and the result has a profound impact on American culture. Our culture was a large part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision for the conservative movement: that we take on the political left and the cultural left.
Andrew’s lifelong friend and Breitbart News Network CEO Larry Solov put it perfectly, “As both Andrew’s business partner and lifelong friend, I can definitively say that he would have been thrilled to give this award, that bears his name, to Phil Robertson for his unflinching conviction in the face of an adversarial media. In fact, I’m fairly certain Andrew would have grown a beard for the award presentation.”
Having Phil Robertson and his family as a part of American culture has changed this nation for the better. Week after week, millions of Americans see a family living out their faith and their values boldly and without reservation. Despite the best attempts of the mainstream media and Hollywood liberals, the Robertson patriarch and his family are still on television and they are as popular as ever.
If you are attending CPAC 2015, please stop by the main ballroom on Friday, February 27th at 12:40 p.m. and join Breitbart News Network and Citizens United as we present Phil Robertson with this special award. It is our honor to present this award in Andrew’s name along with Breitbart News to a great conservative who, like Andrew, refuses to bow to liberal pressure no matter what the cost.
Cagle Post: The Cuba Folly
Obama’s erratic quest to find a legacy to leave behind has reached a new low last week. His decision to begin talks with Cuba and normalize full diplomatic relations after 50 years is not only unprecedented, but extremely dangerous. Obama traded three Cuban spies for American Alan Gross who had been held captive in Cuba for nearly five years – the precedent set with this move is dangerous.
This naïve display by Obama sends the message to the rest of our enemies that if they are able to successfully capture an American citizen, they will be able to gain leverage in negotiations with America. Senator Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, has been the resonating voice for Republicans on this issue, stating, “This entire policy shift […] is based on an illusion, based on a lie […] I’m committed to doing everything I can to unravel as many of these changes as possible.”
The fact that Obama is willing to negotiate with a dictator who has suppressed his people for so long is almost incomprehensible. There is absolutely no reason the United States should be involved with trying to speak reason to a tyrant regime. The Castro brothers undoubtedly have no intention of beginning to treat the citizens of Cuba in a humane manner, no matter what Obama thinks. This administration refuses to accept that it is impossible to reason with individuals or groups who do not think or act in a rational manner. Obama’s fantastical view of the world is so far detached from reality that it has only continued to weaken the United States on the world stage – almost to the point of irreparable damage.
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Citizens United TV Movie Schedule (NewsMax TV) December 27th & 28th
Tune in or set your DVRs for this Saturday and Sunday to catch a portion of the Citizens United movie library which will be airing on NewsMax. Click here to find out how to find their channel on your service provider.
Below is this weekend's scheduled airings:
Saturday, December 27th
Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny airs at 3am
Hype: The Obama Effect airs at 8am
Sunday, December 28th
Perfect Valor airs at 12am
Rediscovering God in America Part I airs at 2am
Blocking the Path to 9/11 airs at 3am
ACLU: At War With America airs at 5am
Our Sacred Honor w/ Rick Santorum airs at 6am
Broken Promises: The UN at 60 airs at 7am
Cagle Post: If It Looks Like A Duck...
One of Obama’s favorite claims is that he has issued fewer executive orders than the majority of his predecessors – namely, Bush and Clinton. However, in a recent study put out by USA Today, the degree of deceit Obama uses in this claim is revealed. Obama, as we all know, is not one to give us the whole truth regarding any of his actions as president – and this case is no different. Yes, Obama has not issued an absurd number of “executive orders” in comparison to presidents before him, however, the number of “memoranda” he has issued are unprecedented. To-date, Obama has issued 195 executive orders and 198 presidential memoranda. According to Breitbart, “The combination of orders and memoranda is the greatest since Harry Truman. Obama is the first president to sign more executive memoranda than executive orders.”
The reasoning behind Obama’s decision to use memoranda instead of executive orders is not rocket science. It is simply another tool to keep the wool over our eyes. USA Today summarized, “Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders […] and some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.” This deception is eerily similar to what we experienced with Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act and most recently, his illegal amnesty order. Obama’s game plan is to only advance his own ideas and the rest of our government be damned.
Essentially, memoranda are a carbon copy of executive orders in their function, the only difference (besides the name) is executive orders are tracked and numbered, while memoranda are not. This is most obviously reason as to why Obama prefers the presidential memorandum as opposed to the presidential executive order. Basically, he is able to make unilateral changes to whichever policies he pleases, without approval from Congress, and without accusations of imperial overreach. Essentially, where executive orders may sound slightly dictatorial, memoranda don’t hold the same stigma. In Obama’s mind, when there is no difference in the power wielded by each, the memorandum is the obvious choice.
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Breitbart.com: Conservatives Will Never Forget The Obama Amnesty
The Republican leadership in the U.S. House decided to let the fight over President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty to slide until next year when there’s a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to help the cause. That sounds reasonable in theory, but will it make a difference? Quite frankly, I’m worried about it.
I’m fine with sounding like a broken record, so I’ll say it again, and I’ll continue to say it because I believe it to my core. Citizens United’s 500,000 conservative grassroots members and supporters nationwide believe it as well. When will Republicans in Congress finally stand up to this out of control liberal chief executive in the White House and defend the Constitution? I’m concerned we’re once again watching the can being kicked down the road at the expense of our sacred constitutional principles and system of checks and balances.
Read more at Breitbart.com here
Cagle Post: Another Inconvenient Debt Milestone
A note to all the career politicians roaming the halls of Congress: our national debt crisis is not going away unless decisive action is taken. As we breach yet another once-unfathomable milestone, this time it’s the $18,000,000,000,000 mark, we are reminded yet again that our leaders are addicted to spending and wasting taxpayer dollars. Is there any hope for positive change with regard to our out-of-control budgeting habits during the last two years of the inept Barack Obama, or must we just pray that another economic meltdown doesn’t happen on his watch? We’ll know soon enough whether or not the next Congress is ready to take control of the situation and have the courage to pass these much needed reforms for the sake of our future generations.
The big Republican majorities in the soon to be sworn in 114th Congress campaigned on fiscal responsibility across the board. Speaker John Boehner and incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said, “Congress must take steps to pare back ‘a national debt that has Americans stealing from their children and grandchildren, robbing them of benefits that they will never see and leaving them with burdens that will be nearly impossible to repay.’” Citizens United and our 500,000 members and supporters nationwide agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Republicans must act on this central promise and seek to deliver real results when it comes to our nation’s financial mess, even if President Obama continues to deny reality.
I say let the reform bills pile up on Mr. Obama’s desk. If he wants to veto every single one, so be it. He can explain to the American people why our $18,000,000,000,000 national debt is not a pressing issue. If Obama decides – as is expected – to continue in the direction of irresponsibility, he then will be blamed when America finally goes off the fiscal cliff. But the Republican Congress must act boldly or become an accessory to this pending disaster.
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Breitbart: King Barack I
Since day one, Obama has been against the idea of reaching across the aisle in order to get things done for the American people. Thursday night he went beyond the realm of what we ever thought imaginable and granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants already living in the United States.
This move sets a very dangerous precedent, not only because it sends the message that America does not enforce its own laws, but now immigrants who did abide by our laws and waited their turn have nothing to show for it. Why should hard-working American taxpayers play by the rules if some laws don’t apply?
Obama’s decision to allow law-breakers to get off unscathed is an absolute disgrace. This president has always demonstrated himself as above the Constitution and above the laws of our government, and this executive action is concrete proof of that. He cares solely about fundamentally changing a nation in order to suit his own liberal agenda and ideology.
Read more at Breitbart.com here.
Breitbart: We Won -- Now Let's Do Something With It
This week’s midterm victories were a step in the right direction for conservatives and the core principles we hold dear. There is no understating the importance of the seats we picked up in both the Senate and the House, and hopefully this is a sign of good things to come. The American people resoundingly spoke out against the failed leadership and policies of the Obama Administration and Harry Reid.
However, winning the midterm elections does not mean all is right within the Republican Party. Conservatives still face an uphill battle against the party’s establishment, which will no doubt play out in the 2016 election cycle. We’ve seen this before -- all too recently -- when party leaders made the decision to not pass any innovative conservative legislative items that might have jeopardized the impending election of Mitt Romney. Make no mistake, that strategy was and is a failure.
Let’s not do it again; majorities exist to be put to use for the American people. We must pass a conservative, pro-growth agenda in the next Congress and take our optimistic policies to the American people in 2016. If we make the mistake of trotting out the “prevent defense” option once again, Hillary Clinton will be elected president with a Senate – and perhaps a House -- majority.
Read more on Breitbart.com here.