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O'Reilly claimed Clinton library gives Senator Clinton "access to money"
Media Matters ^ | November 19, 2004 | G.W.

Posted on 11/19/2004 11:42:33 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly claimed that former President Bill Clinton's newly opened presidential library gives Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "access to money because Bill Clinton's got a checkbook that he can write anything off against that library he wants." O'Reilly predicted Bill Clinton would use library staff and funds to further his wife's alleged presidential ambitions. In fact, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a federal agency, took over the Clinton Presidential Center, including its management and funding, on the day the library opened. NARA administers all ten presidential libraries.

On the November 18 edition of FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly and FOX News Channel political contributor Dick Morris, a former Clinton adviser, discussed the impact of the library on Senator Clinton's alleged presidential aspirations:

O'REILLY: But I think you might be underestimating the power of the actual operation there, $165 million, as we mentioned.

MORRIS: Right.

O'REILLY: This [library] gives Hillary Clinton researchers, speechwriters.

MORRIS: Which she used to get from the White House. Now she gets them there.

O'REILLY: Now she gets them there because they've a big staff, they've got a lot of money, they can hire a lot of people, and she's got access, not only access to brain power, but access to money because Bill Clinton's got a checkbook that he can write anything off against that library he wants. Is that right?

In fact, the $165 million to which O'Reilly refers was used to construct the library; the Associated Press reported on "the $165 million glass-and-steel home of artifacts and documents" in a November 18 article. The AP also noted that the library's opening ceremony would include "the official presentation of the library keys to the National Archives and Records Administration, which takes over management of the institution from Clinton's private foundation."

The New York Times reported on June 10 that most of the money to manage the Clinton library will come from the public, suggesting the library is not flush with additional funding:

Under a plan that the archives administration [NARA] turned over to Congressional leaders last month, the endowment for the $175 million Clinton library is $7.2 million. It would pay about $300,000 of what is expected to be more than $4 million in upkeep costs in its first year of operation, said another archive official, Sharon Fawcett, deputy assistant archivist for presidential libraries.

NARA's website explains that according to a 1986 law, presidential libraries must be maintained in part by endowments funded by private donations and in part by public money: "The Presidential Libraries Act of 1986 also made significant changes to Presidential libraries, requiring private endowments linked to the size of the facility. NARA uses these endowments to offset a portion of the maintenance costs for the library."


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1 posted on 11/19/2004 11:42:33 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I was going to say must have been reading Morris, then I saw who he was talking to.

The O'self pimp has not had an original thought in years, if ever.

2 posted on 11/19/2004 11:46:39 AM PST by dts32041 (bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

I don't think that money will be the issue - Kerry did not even spend all of his - now to purchase knee pads for the receptionist is yet another question.


3 posted on 11/19/2004 11:46:52 AM PST by kentj
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Every once in a while BOR gets it right. He needs to

listen to Morris more often instead of being so jealous of

him.


4 posted on 11/19/2004 11:47:25 AM PST by keysguy (Trust the media as far as you can throw them)
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To: keysguy

Has anyone else looked at the photos of this library and thought "how the heck did they waste that much money on what looks to be little more than an exalted trailer!" I certainly smell the lifting of major library funds already having been taken to the Clinton sucking machine!


5 posted on 11/19/2004 11:57:03 AM PST by princess leah (\)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Though I do not subscribe to most of O'Really's pontifications, I think he may have a point when it comes to the Klintoons. Why will the Klintoons not disclose the source of their funds for the construction of the "Clinton monument"? The Toons do not say that Hillary cannot use the money for her own purposes. AND, Hillary is already campaigning for 2008!!


6 posted on 11/19/2004 12:00:17 PM PST by caisson71
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To: All

For a short while, I couldn't figure out why there is a replica of the oval office in this lie-bury. Then it dawned on me. So that Billybob can play president and get his lewinsky's too!! Next best thing to the real deal. IICCKKK!


7 posted on 11/19/2004 12:01:18 PM PST by CAluvdubya (From the RED part of California)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

The Saudis have been financing Jimmy Carter's library for a long time. One has to wonder how much money they and the Wahabis have donated to the Clintoon Liebrary.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/674372/posts


Carter s Arab Ties May Color Israel Stance
NewsMax.com ^ | 4/29/02 | Dave Eberhart


Posted on 04/28/2002 4:51:22 PM PDT by kattracks



Former president Jimmy Carter, who engineered the lasting peace in the Israel-Egypt quagmire, has recently emerged as a vocal proponent of getting tough with Israel by threatening its U.S. aid and demanding that U.S.-supplied weapons be used only defensively. However, Mr. Carter has a track record with the Arab world that lends the appearance of being short of neutral in the heated Middle East debate.
It was the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute that joined to put the seal of legitimacy on the first elections ever by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in January 1996. Voters, who turned out in droves, elected Yasser Arafat president, and he has been in power ever since.

In 1990 Carter ghostwrote a speech for Arafat, hoping to polish the Palestinian leader’s tarnished image as, at best, soft on terrorism. Arafat won the Nobel Peace prize for the Oslo Accords.

In 1989 President Carter interceded with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin on behalf of activist Terry Boullata, a field worker for the Palestinian Human Rights Information Center. Boullata had been imprisoned in November 1987 for allegedly belonging to a terrorist organization called the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Boullata was allowed out in 1989 to come to the United States for treatment of hepatitis.

Financing the Carter Center

But it’s the financing behind Georgia’s Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Library that moves the former president most off the mark as appearing to be a wholly neutral intermediary in the troubled region.

NewsMax has reviewed annual reports that indicate millions of charitable dollars have flowed into the center from His Majesty Sultan Qaboss bin Said Al Said of Oman, Jordan; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.

Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to the center by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. H.R.H. Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah of Morocco has contributed tens of thousands.

There are no corresponding contributions apparent from Israeli sources.

As the center’s literature describes, "The Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Library were built in large measure thanks to the early leadership and financial support of the Carter Center founders.” Three of those generous founders:

Agha Hasan Abedi

On July 5 1991, banking regulators targeted Abedi’s Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), triggering a worldwide financial tidal wave. To date, accountants and lawyers have managed to recoup (discounting fees) $7 billion out of the $12 billion money pit that fueled the BCCI fraud.

Agha Hasan Abedi, a banker and self-styled mystic on first-name terms with Carter, created BCCI in 1972. Abedi had charmed seed money from Arab sheikhs, organizing camel races and hunting trips. The Bank of America bought into BCCI as a way of buying access to the Middle East, holding a 30 percent stake at one point before dumping its holdings in the late-1970s.

His Majesty King Fahd of Saudi Arabia


Last month Saudi Arabia transferred $15.4 million in advance aid to the Palestinian Authority. The transfer was made to a controversial Arab League fund, a product of the recent Arab summit in Beirut. According to Arab spokesmen, the amount was fronted due to the dire plight of the Palestinian people as a result of "vicious Israeli aggression.”

King Fahd, Crown Prince Abdullah and Defense Minister Prince Sultan jointly donated $4.8 million to launch the fund pot, while Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz sent an estimated $800, 000 to the families of "155 Palestinian martyrs” killed in the current Israeli offensive.

Hasib J. Sabbagh

Sabbagh is the chairman of Consolidated Contractors Co. of Oman, Jordan. He is also the Senior Fellow for the Middle East of the Council on Foreign Relations. Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a membership organization contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. The Council publishes Foreign Affairs, a leading journal on global issues.

Individual, foundation, and corporate donors, together with multilateral development assistance programs, support the Carter Center’s current annual operating budget of around $30 million. Among the center’s priorities: promoting democracy, global development, human rights and conflict resolution.

Carter said he has spent much time raising money, but he hopes that a campaign to raise a $150 million endowment will lighten the load. Phil Wise, the center’s executive director for operations, said an estimated $110 million has already been raised for the endowment.

Carter on the Record

Although Carter strongly condemned suicide bombings and criticized Arafat for not being more aggressive in ending the spate of violence against Israel, he roundly lambasted Ariel Sharon for actions and attitudes, past and present:

"His rejection of all peace agreements that included Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands, his invasion of Lebanon, his provocative visit to the Temple Mount, the destruction of villages and homes, the arrests of thousands of Palestinians and his open defiance of President George W. Bush’s demand that he comply with international law have all been orchestrated to accomplish his ultimate goals: to establish Israeli settlements as widely as possible throughout occupied territories and to deny Palestinians a cohesive political existence,” Carter said in a recent New York Times piece.

"It is time for the United States, as the sole recognized intermediary to consider more forceful actions for peace,” Carter added. "The rest of the world will welcome this leadership.”

U.S. Leverage Over Israel

Carter also said that U.S. aid of $10 million a day should give the U.S. some leverage over Israeli policy, noting that former president George H. Bush had threatened to cut off this assistance in 1992 to discourage the building of Israeli settlements between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Carter cited another factor that could accelerate Israel’s acceptance of Arab normalization with Israel in return for its withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war:

"One is the legal requirement that American weapons are to be used by Israel only for defensive purposes, a premise certainly being violated in the recent destruction in Jenin and other towns of the West Bank,” he said, noting this requirement was imposed by Richard Nixon to impede Israel’s military advance into Egypt during the 1973 Middle East war and used to deter Israeli attacks on Lebanon in 1979.

"I understand the extreme political sensitivity in America of using persuasion on the Israelis, but it is important to remember that none of the actions toward peace would involve an encroachment on the sovereign territory of Israel,” Carter acknowledged.


8 posted on 11/19/2004 12:01:49 PM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

The Leprechaun said that?


9 posted on 11/19/2004 12:02:08 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: dts32041

True, true. Besides, Hill does fundraising second to none in her party. That's why the D's know she will be their '08 candidate - she's all they've got.


10 posted on 11/19/2004 12:09:05 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

O'Reilly said this? Is he down in the ratings and needs a boost? Anyway, another use of Hitlery's library is to make it a centerpiece of the Arkansas mafia "think tank" for her '08 prez bid.


11 posted on 11/19/2004 12:12:05 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: CAluvdubya

They aren't even embarrassed to have a replica of the oval office at their trailer.


12 posted on 11/19/2004 12:19:09 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: OldFriend
They aren't even embarrassed to have a replica of the oval office at their trailer.

Silly you! They aren't embarrassed about anything. Yeah, the impeachement was a VRWC! Starr is a meany! Nothing happened...nope, nothing at all. Come to my lie-bury and I'll show ya! Simpletons!

13 posted on 11/19/2004 12:23:14 PM PST by CAluvdubya (From the RED part of California)
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To: OldFriend

I think the "Library" architecture is perfect for Clinton.


14 posted on 11/19/2004 12:24:40 PM PST by Ginifer
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I expect that the Clinton Librarians will be typing in a variety of information into computers so as to make fund raising easier for Hillary when she runs for her next elections campaign.

What I really hope someone keeps an eye open for is an connection between those pardoned by Bill Clinton and the contributors to the Libarary and Hillary Campaign funds.

15 posted on 11/19/2004 12:33:32 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: lilylangtree

Where is she going to get access to a personality?


16 posted on 11/19/2004 12:46:33 PM PST by Thebaddog (Dawgs at rest.)
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To: Robert357

Mark Rich donated untold sums of money to the library thru his ex wife Denise Rich.


17 posted on 11/19/2004 1:36:25 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: CAluvdubya
Evidently Jennings gave slick willie a good dose of agita last night.

I missed the interview but was glad to read all about slick's rage!

18 posted on 11/19/2004 1:37:42 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: OldFriend
Evidently Jennings gave slick willie a good dose of agita last night.

I heard about this but don't know any details. Any specific info?

19 posted on 11/19/2004 1:54:01 PM PST by CAluvdubya (From the RED part of California)
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To: CAluvdubya

Check out NewsMax


20 posted on 11/19/2004 2:00:22 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Who is this turdball to think he is some kind of elder statesman now?

Bill Clinton is nothing but a sick, lying, demented rapist and molester. His policies of appeasement and weakness led directly to North Korean and Pakistani nukes, dangerous tech transfer to future enemy China, the creation of a Muslim state in the Balkans, the growth of terror worldwide and of course 3,000 dead Americans on 9/11. He had the most incompetant foreign policy team in memory, embraced mass-murderer Arafat like he was Gandhi, gave North Korea $3 billion dollars to NOT make nukes, and which they used to (you'll never guess) build nukes (surprise)! He had the worst Attorney General in American history, who upon seeing that Muslim extremists bombed the WTC in 1993 issued a directive to the FBI to (guess) BAN any spying on Muslim extremists.

As Peter Jennings said himself, historians rank the Clinton regime 41st in eithics and morals, beneath even Nixon (and these are Liberals!). Bill Clinton should be in prison for what he did to countless women and this nation. That he is held up as some kind of leading political father figure is disgusting and unconscionable.

21 posted on 11/19/2004 2:10:38 PM PST by montag813
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To: Thebaddog
Where is she going to get access to a personality? Come on, she's married to der slickmeister! She'll change alright.After they move back to Arkansa, to escape the Northeast liberal stigma. She'll become the modern day June Cleaver. You'll probably see her on the Food Network baking cookies!
22 posted on 11/20/2004 11:19:04 PM PST by Mier (Remember what dums said about you after this election, they'll want your vote the next election!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Rush was way ahead on this one.


23 posted on 11/20/2004 11:21:07 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=108&topic_id=117038&mesg_id=117038

I made a dangerous ventur into DUmmieland, and guess what? Hillary is not exactly their favorite... *snigger*


24 posted on 11/21/2004 6:48:52 PM PST by William of Orange
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Clinton though has another entity called the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation which I believe is separate from the Clinton Library Foundation.
He certainly could use his personal foundation as a vehicle for Hillary to do the things O'Reilly and Morris talked about and the funding, etc. are not accountable to anyone.
25 posted on 11/21/2004 6:53:20 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: caisson71
I got news for you as far as I know none of the other Presidential Libraries have ever disclosed who donated to them either. They don't have to and there is no law that says they have to. Having said that I would love to see that Clinton donor list myself. I suspect big contributions from Marc Rich and his partner Pincus Green for those nice last minute Pardons.
26 posted on 11/21/2004 6:56:44 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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