POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, campaign "headache"?: "Newly published 'Clinton Cash' casts shadow over Hillary's campaign" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Newly published 'Clinton Cash' casts shadow over Hillary's campaign" - From the LAT:
As Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks to focus public attention on immigration during a swing through Nevada on Tuesday, her presidential campaign staff back at Brooklyn headquarters is scrambling to mitigate damage from release of a long-anticipated book that accuses her of compromised ethics.
"Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich" became a headache for the Clintons well before sales began Tuesday. It alleges that the Clintons accepted tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions from foreign donors seeking favors from the Obama administration while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.
The book’s author, Peter Schweizer, is a conservative journalist with previous work bankrolled by the Koch brothers. His résumé also includes advising former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. But in a reflection of the increasing sophistication of opponents of the Clintons — what Hillary Clinton famously called the “vast right-wing conspiracy” two decades ago — Schweizer had negotiated exclusive arrangements with major media outlets to report on his findings leading up to the book's release.
The result was a steady drip of news stories questioning major donations to the Clinton family foundation. Schweizer acknowledges he has proved no criminal wrongdoing by the Clintons. But that hasn’t slowed the coverage, nor the appetite by Republicans in Congress to investigate. The author, who is calling for a criminal probe into the foundation dealings, says lawmakers on Capitol Hill have asked to be briefed about his findings.
As in the past, the charges of impropriety are being met with righteous indignation by the Clintons, particularly former President Clinton, who had been working to stay out of the spotlight in the early stages of his wife’s campaign. On Monday, though, he stepped right back into it during an interview aired by NBC News, when he defended the six-figure speaking fees he has collected from foreign businesses, saying he'd continue to give paid speeches even as his wife runs for president. "I have to pay our bills," he said, stirring up a fresh round of chatter about how in touch the couple is with the way everyday Americans live.
On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign unveiled a new website designed to counter Schweizer’s reporting ......................