Hillary Clinton and her cheerleaders at the New York Times are coming under heavy fire for dubious links between the two — and now there’s more.
After Team Clinton ran to Politico following a report by the Washington Free Beacon that the Clinton Family Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund in 2008 — the same year the Times endorsed Hillary in the Democrat primary — the Free Beacon has revealed another Clinton Family Foundation donation in the amount of $10,000 was given to ACORN that same year.
ACORN is the group that went defunct when it lost federal funding in 2010 after undercover videos showed its employees advocating illegal activities.
The Times won’t give the specific date when the Clinton Foundation made its donation to the Times’ charity but said the donation had no bearing on the paper’s endorsement of Hillary, the Beacon reported.
On Jan. 25, 2008, the Times endorsed Hillary Clinton over challengers Barack Obama and John Edwards. At the time there were reports that the editorial board had been leaning toward endorsing Obama but switched after then-publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. intervened in favor of Clinton.
Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told the Free Beacon on Monday that the Clinton donation had no bearing on the editorial board’s decision.
“NO donation to The Neediest Cases Fund has ever had any impact on a Times endorsement,” said Murphy in an email. “Not this one. Not any other one over 100 years. We’re not commenting further.”
Murphy declined to say what date the donation was made, and whether any other candidates have contributed to the charity. Clinton ended her presidential run on June 7, 2008.
A Clinton spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment about the date of the donation.
The New Republic and Vanity Fair reported in 2008 that the Times endorsement may have been influenced by pressure from Sulzberger … Two of Sulzberger’s cousins—who were also on the Times Company board of directors—chaired the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund in 2008, along with other top executives at the media company.
“The Times editorial board was, apparently, planning to endorse Barack Obama in the New York primary; the Clinton campaign, getting wind of this, called upon one of its major financial supporters [Steven Rattner], the best friend and principal adviser of Arthur Sulzberger Jr.,” Michael Wolff wrote in Vanity Fair.
“Rattner is thought to have petitioned Sulzberger, and Sulzberger thereupon overruled his editorial board, which then backed Clinton.”
The Clinton Family Foundation is personally financed by the Clinton’s and is used to contribute to various charities.
It is not the same as the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
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