July 7, 2015—Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a lot in common.
Instead of putting American interests first by conserving the country’s resources, and protecting its territory by not inciting more trouble in foreign lands, these three prominent politicos have repeatedly put other countries’ interests first.
Data on their financial ties with foreign governments and their lobbyists provided by Open Secrets may now prove their inclination may have been steered by cash.
According to the report, campaign funds and several contacts from foreign governments have been linked to Graham’s, Rubio’s, and Clinton’s support for certain foreign policies that benefitted foreign nations directly.
“Rubio stands out for the number of times his office was contacted by registered agents of the Republic of Georgia. The agents, from three separate lobbying firms — Fianna Strategies, HDMK and then-mega-firm Patton Boggs — made phone, email or face-to-face contact with members of Rubio’s staff on at least 53 occasions, including eight in-person meetings with Rubio staffers in 2012 and 2013.”
A few months after being contacted by agents of the Republic of Georgia and receiving $31,100 from foreign agents, Sen. Rubio called for shipping arms to Georgia. He also reinstated he supported the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and called the organization to add the former Soviet bloc country as an active member.
Sen. Graham, who appears to have received $56,700 from foreign government’s lobbyists during a two-year period, may have also been influenced by the generous donations:
“[Graham]’s deputy chief-of-staff met repeatedly with the International Counsel Bureau, or Kuwaiti Counsel for the Families of Kuwaiti Citizens at Guantanamo Bay. The group’s agent, from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, met with Graham aides 10 times between July 25, 2013 and Sept. 25, 2013.
Twelve Kuwaiti citizens resided in the detention facility at the time. A year earlier, Politico reported that Graham called Guantanamo Bay detainees “crazy bastards” and the Senator has since pushed hard to keep detainees in place.”
But they are not alone, Hillary Clinton was the politician who stood out from this crowd, receiving $82,148 in two years from foreign agents.
“Sunlight’s data for Clinton’s time as head of the State Department is incomplete, but it shows she took at least three meetings with lobbyists for foreign interests. Records show Clinton met with an agent of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on April 15, 2009, an agent of Irish political party Sinn Fein on March 16, 2010 and an agent of Liberia on Jan. 15, 2013.”
Recently, Clinton was heavily criticized for allowing foreign governments to donate money to the Clinton Foundation. One of most generous Clinton Foundation donors is Saudi Arabia’s royal family.
Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have also received money from foreign agents, but no link between those donations and policy positions have been made.
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