Monday, 3 October 2016

Documentary: Clinton Cash

Clinton Cash was directed by M.A Taylor in 2016. © Youtube

Distressing questions remain regarding the trustworthiness of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. This documentary focus on her finances, and the workings of the (in)famous Clinton Foundation she co-founded with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Has the enormous success of the world-renowned philanthropic organisation fattened the wallets of this political power couple? 

Have foreign governments been given special privileges that are commensurate with the magnitude of their donations?

Wherever the Clintons go, controversy follows. The film contends that their improprieties begin with the questionable associations they keep. Such is the case in the Republic of Congo, a devastated region damaged by widespread human rights catastrophes. According to the information contained in the film, the foundation received $100 million dollars from the country's dictator - Mobutu Sese Seko. Following this generous donation, then Secretary of State Clinton ended her public pleas for freedom and democracy in the region. The filmmakers detail similarly shady incidents in the foundation's connections with Nigeria, Africa, Haiti and other devastated regions of the world.

Also included in the discussion are Bill Clinton's astronomical speaking fees, possible political favors that have transpired in the wake of sizeable donations, charitable outreach efforts that may have doubled for "pay and play" deals, and the couple's mounting personal fortunes in the years since they first left the White House. In each instance, the film charges that these curious dealings and a significant lack of transparency speak to a larger cover-up of global proportions.

Is Clinton Cash an honest examination of corruption at the highest level? Or is it merely one component of a baseless, unsubstantiated smear campaign meant to derail her current race to the White House?

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