Article I section 9 of US Constitution bans foreign payola for US officials

3-2-15      The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State….Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.      It reads:  No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States:  And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

The U.S. State Department bans cash payments from foreign governments.  Let’s take a look at the specific language from the State Dept.:

Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government.  Unless an exception applies, executive branch employees may not accept gifts that are given because of their official positions or that come from certain interested sources (“prohibited sources”).A prohibited source is a person (or an organization made up of such persons) who:  is seeking official action by, is doing business or seeking to do business with, or is regulated by the employee’s agency, or has interests that may be substantially affected by performance or nonperformance of the employee’s official duties….

Between 2009 and 2012, the Clinton Foundation raised over $500 million dollars according to a review of IRS documents by The Federalist (20122011201020092008).  A measly 15 percent of that, or $75 million, went towards programmatic grants.  More than $25 million went to fund travel expenses.  Nearly $110 million went toward employee salaries and benefits.  And a whopping $290 million during that period — nearly 60 percent of all money raised — was classified merely as “other expenses.”   http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/02/the-u-s-constitution-actually-bans-hillarys-foreign-government-payola/

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former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the donations are “clearly illegal” under federal law.  In his view, a donation by a foreign government to the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was secretary of state is the same as money sent directly to her, he said, even though she did not join the foundation’s board until she left her post.

“The Constitution of the United States says you cannot take money from foreign governments without explicit permission of the Congress. They wrote that in there because they knew the danger of corrupting our system by foreign money is enormous,” Gingrich said.  “You had a sitting secretary of state whose husband radically increased his speech fees, you have a whole series of dots on the wall now where people gave millions of dollars–oh, by the way, they happen to get taken care of by the State Department.”…He continued, “My point is–they took money from foreign governments while she was secretary of State.  That is clearly illegal.”…

American University law professor Steve Vladeck:   “Gingrich may think that giving money to the Clinton Foundation and giving money to then-Secretary Clinton are the same thing. Unfortunately for him, for purposes of federal regulations, statutes, and the Constitution, they’re formally–and, thus, legally–distinct.”…

Clinton violates the clause because of its intentionally broad phrasing about gifts of “any kind whatever,” which would cover indirect gifts via the foundation, said Dave Kopel, a constitutional law professor at Denver University and research director at the libertarian Independence Institute.

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http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/apr/26/newt-gingrich/newt-gingrich-clinton-foreign-donations-clearly-vi/

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6-23-16      In its 4-4 ruling barring President Obama’s executive order on immigration from going into effect, the Supreme Court proved that Obama was right the first time:   he lacked the power to change the law on his own.

As recently as December 2014, the president lectured supporters that the Constitution didn’t allow it:  “The notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.”

Then, a few months later, after Congress again refused to pass the law he wanted, he decided to see if he could get away with it anyway–issuing an order that not only suspended deportation for millions, but also gave them the right to work legally.

Thing is, he was only one high-court vote away from succeeding, because the liberal justices were willing to ignore the Constitution–as Obama himself understood it just two years before–to support liberal policy.

 Should Hillary Clinton win in November, she’ll get to fill the Antonin Scalia seat on the court, and likely two more seats soon thereafter.  The Supreme Court will no longer stand in the way of the Democratic agenda, even when Democrats lack the votes in Congress.  And she’s already promised to out-do Obama on executive actions.  On immigration, Clinton said she’d “go as far as I can, even beyond President Obama.”

It won’t stop with immigration.  Clinton & Co. want executive action on gun control, labor-union power, “environmental protection” and pretty much their whole wish list.  http://nypost.com/2016/06/23/the-entire-constitution-is-at-risk-if-hillary-wins/

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Similar to other gift rules, as a Federal Government employee, we may not accept gifts from foreign governments or international organizations except as permitted under the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act (FGDA).  Under 5 U.S.C. 7342 (FGDA) an employee may not accept a gift exceeding $375 (effective January 2014) in value from a foreign government or an international organization.  For purposes of the FGDA, all international organizations are foreign government entities, including those of which the U.S. is a member.  A prohibited gift includes travel expenses exceeding $375 in value unless the travel takes place entirely outside the United States.  This statutory restriction extends to the spouse and dependents of the employee.   https://ethics.od.nih.gov/topics/giftforn.htm

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6-22-16    Ericsson Telecomm did pay Bill Clinton $750,000 (for 1 speech) while Hillary was Secretary of State, but the assertion that the company faced sanctions isn’t entirely true.  Yes, the SEC did send Ericsson a letter in 2010 asking it to explain the nature of its operations in Iran, but Ericsson’s response makes it clear that the business it did in Iran was for commercial rather than for military purposes.  http://fortune.com/2016/06/22/donald-trump-crooked-hillary/

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2-19-15       “Now that she is gearing up to run for president, the same potential exists for foreign governments to curry favor with her as a potential president of the United States,” said Kirk Hanson, director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

If Rodham Clinton were to become president, “she [wouldn’t be able to] recuse herself” from controversies involving governments that had made donations to the foundation, said James Thurber, director of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.    http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/gifts-to-clinton-foundation-from-foreign-governments-increasing

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From the East unto the West flows illumination of great power, flows regeneration, flows adoration.  Men and women have often thought that they would adore God at some time in the future when the vision of His perfection should come more naturally into manifestation.  They have not considered that the gift of God is a relative one, that the gift of Himself is the marvel of ever beholding reality in the timeless now….Man (in inspiration) has always thought that he himself must discover the truth of being, that he must discover God, that he must capture the divine vision and be an expression of all that God is, but he has seldom realized the greatness of the Eternal One.

In his lucid moments–whether imbued with the Spirit that acknowledges the things of the world or the Spirit whose very thought is upon the beauty of the Deity–the individual monad has expressed a vision framed by the precepts to which his mind is tethered.  If man is bound by a traditional approach to God (to Beingness) his expression will be according to that tradition….

images copy.jpegVision is the key.  It ordains the reality of the Self.          -Lord Maitreya:  Pearls of Wisdom 13:40

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Comey sworn in on 9-4-13 at 4:32 p.m.  Astrologic chart of his swearing-in:   14 Capricorn ascendant; 7 Scorpio midheaven.   Jupiter at descendant having many aspects:  conjunct star Sirius, one-seventh to Moon, opposite to Pluto, square to Uranus, trine to north lunar node.  Moon progresses to “natal” Venus on 3-20-2017.  So Comey will play a potent role.

 

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