Clinton gave State Department appointments to 194 donors
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By Sarah Westwood
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Hillary Clinton placed dozens of her donors on State Department advisory boards between 2009 and 2012, federal records show.
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The former secretary of state's agency appointed 194 donors who had given either to her family's foundation, her political campaigns, or both, or were affiliated with groups that had.
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Those donors represented nearly 40 percent of the 511 advisory appointments the State Department made during Clinton's tenure.
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The donor appointments do not provide evidence of any illegal activity, nor are they unprecedented in an administration.
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In fact, presidents and cabinet secretaries from both parties have long rewarded friends and contributors with high-level appointments.
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But Clinton has faced fierce criticism for granting access to donors to her family's foundation while she served as secretary of state. The large number of donors who landed positions on State Department boards raises questions about whether Clinton's preferential treatment of foundation and campaign contributors went beyond providing them access.
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Some of the donors who received appointments to State Department boards were well equipped to serve in their advisory roles.
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For example, Clinton's agency named executives from UPS and FedEx — two firms that have given generously to the Clinton Foundation — to its postal and delivery advisory board in 2010. Few would question the wisdom of such appointments, regardless of the checks those companies have written to the foundation.
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Other donors secured positions for which they seemed ill qualified. Some were closely connected to Clinton's political past.
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For example, Clinton's State Department gave a board appointment to Kaki Hockersmith of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association in Jan. 2010.
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Hockersmith was named to the United States National Commission on UNESCO, a panel that "supports worldwide humanitarian development and values," according to the State Department.
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Hockersmith is a longtime Clinton supporter and friend, with ties to the family that stretch back to their Arkansas days. An interior designer from Little Rock, Ark., Hockersmith was tapped to decorate the White House when Clinton's husband won the presidency.
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More recently, Hockersmith bundled at least $100,000 in contributions for Clinton's failed 2008 campaign, according to Public Citizen.
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My Thoughts:
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The title should say, SOLD State Dept. appointments. This is a perfect example of pay for play and proves that she doesn’t do ANYTHING unless it benefits her, one way or another.