It wasn’t long ago that Seator John McCain’s John McCain Institute for International Leadership was exposed for taking money from billionaire George Soros. Now, the foundation is refusing to disclose just who all their donors are.
The hypocrisy is glaring, as McCain – once part of a Congressional banking scandal – has been the leading advocate for campaign transparency and reform. McCain was the man behind the McCain-Feingold Act, which purported to get dark money out of politics. He’s also been a top anti-Trump Republican, which is why the media adores him.
But Soros is truly evil. He has funded far left, anti-American groups around the world while profiting off the manipulation of countries’ currencies. McCain’s foundation is funded by America’s enemies:
But the McCain Institute — created in 2012 with an $8.7 million donation of funds remaining from McCain’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign — refused Monday to disclose the amounts it received from its biggest donors who gave $100,000 or more.
Spokesmen for the McCain Institute and for the Arizona State University (ASU) Foundation — where the nonprofit’s finances are held — refused to divulge any dollar amounts from big ticket donors despite repeated requests by TheDCNF.
A McCain Institute executive referred TheDCNF’s donor request to the ASU Foundation. An ASU Foundation spokesman side-stepped the issue of disclosure, replying to TheDCNF by issuing a statement — “in the spirit of transparency, the McCain Institute for International Leadership elects to provide a list of donors on its website.”
However, the McCain Institute declined to spell out exactly how much money each big donor contributed. The web site only lists donors who have given “$100,000 and above,” which can be misleading.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, for instance, is identified as giving $100,000 or more on the Institute’s website. In reality, the Saudis gave $1 million.
By housing the McCain Institute in the ASU foundation, the donations are unavailable under the state’s open records law.
“This is a way to raise money and to protect donor privacy,” Leslie Lenkowsky, a long-time scholar and authority in philanthropy, told TheDCNF.
Shockingly, of the 37 donors who contributed $100,000 or more to the McCain Institute, one in three originate from either foreign principals, overseas corporations, or foreign governments according to the nonprofit’s web site. One big donor is anonymous.
And McCain doesn’t pretend to keep his distance from the organization. As The Daily Caller noted, “Not only is McCain’s name on the masthead, he is also the honorary convener of the McCain Institute’s signature spring annual meeting, the Sedona Forum. The Sedona Forum is a ‘high level, private gathering’ held at the luxurious Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz.”
Isn’t this the sort of access and criminal activity we saw in 2016 at the Clinton Foundation? Why won’t John McCain disclose his foreign donors?
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