Call it the unintended revenge of Doug Band.

Band used to be Bill's Huma, the guy that the big guy couldn't go to the bathroom without, let alone perform the simplest tasks. The Clinton Foundation was a Band project. The waters grew murkier, but the recent email leaks revealed a rather devastating Doug Band memo on how he was making money for the whole infrastructure of what he called, running Bill Clinton Inc.

And Band was also organizing personal income directly for Clinton. Under the heading, “For-Profit Activity of President Clinton (i.e. Bill Clinton, Inc.),” Band wrote, “We have dedicated our selves to helping the President secure and engage in for-profit activities—including speeches, books, and advisory service engagements…

In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family—for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like. Neither Justin nor I are separately compensated for these activities (e.g., we do not receive a fee for, or percentage of, the more than $50 million in for-profit activity we have personally helped to secure for President Clinton to date or the $66 million in future contracts, should he choose to continue with those engagements).”

Band mentions four such “arrangements” without naming them. Bill Clinton was paid nearly $18 million to be “honorary chancellor” of a for-profit college, Laureate International Universities, according to reports and the family’s tax returns.
A Dubai-based firm, GEMS Education, paid Bill Clinton more than $560,000 in 2015, according to the tax returns. Band also lists a variety of speaking fees, previously disclosed by the Clintons, including hundreds of thousands of dollars each from UBS, Ericsson, BHP and Barclays. In 2011 alone, according to the Clinton’s tax returns, Bill Clinton earned $13,454,000 in speaking fees.

Of course there was lots of "synergy" between the for profit stuff and the non profit stuff, between Doug's Teneo interests and the entire Clintonworld octopus.
Band was actually making the case that the entire network of the Clinton Foundation is completely entangled with the private financial interests of the Clintons. Not to mention the interests of people around them. Banks and major corporations were doing business with Bill's toady, paying Bill money and donating to the Clinton Foundation through arrangements made by the party of the first part,

Band described in the memo how he combined his work for CGI and Teneo. He wrote that he had used a hotel room upstairs from the 2011 CGI gathering to meet with Teneo clients. He also acknowledged giving free CGI memberships to "target Teneo clients" being cultivated as potential foundation donors. Memberships generally cost $20,000 a year.

Teneo, meanwhile, named Bill Clinton its "honorary chairman." Clinton had been initially tapped for a three-year arrangement in which he would provide advice to Teneo "regarding geopolitical, economic and social trends," according to a separate June 2011 memo that Band wrote to the State Department seeking ethics approval for the former president's employment.

Bill Clinton was initially paid $2 million by Teneo, according to "Man of the World," a book written with the former president's participation by author Joe Conason.

And here's where it gets appropriately entertaining.

But Band outlined that Kelly, his Teneo co-founder, had served simultaneously between 2009 and 2011 as an unpaid economic envoy to Northern Ireland appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and as head of a separate consulting company whose clients included Coke, UBS and Dow. Band wrote that the arrangement was consistent with Kelly's State Department ethics agreement.

Kelly's multiple roles came together during one State Department event in 2010, when then-Secretary Clinton recognized Dow, among other companies, for creating jobs in Northern Ireland and thanked Kelly for his work on the issue.

Dow became one of Teneo's first major clients. According to Band's memo, Dow chief executive Andrew Liveris had been introduced to Bill Clinton over a round of golf with Kelly in August 2009.

That's not consistent with mafia ethics agreements, but it's all good in Clintonworld.





By Benjamin Wallace-Wells , NOVEMBER 1, 2016

In November, 2011, some employees at the Clinton Foundation told Chelsea Clinton about an alarming situation in what she has called “my father’s world.” The concerns were complicated and Chelsea wasn’t sure which ones were true, but they orbited around one of her father’s senior aides at the Clinton Foundation, Doug Band, and a more junior one, Justin Cooper. Chelsea’s informants thought that Band and Cooper were leveraging their connections with Bill Clinton for their own profit, and Chelsea herself seemed to agree.

Chelsea Clinton, when roused, seems a formidable adversary, not just because she is connected but because she is a sharp observer of systems gone awry.
On November 16, 2011, Band, the main target of Chelsea’s outrage, wrote a twelve-page memo to defend himself.

Band, who has remained at the center of questions about the Clinton Foundation, has had a fascinating career, not least because he has moved so fluidly between the most mundane political roles and the most expansive ones. In 1995, at the age of twenty-two, Band began to work as an unpaid intern in the White House, eventually becoming Bill Clinton’s body man, and he continued to work with the former President as he set up the Clinton Foundation. Band had the idea to develop the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual conference that kept Bill Clinton in a comfortable role: onstage, defining global problems for the powerful. In 2009, hacked e-mails show, Band was still setting up phone calls for the former President. But, by 2011, Band had struck out on his own, as a founding partner of a new consultancy, called Teneo, whose clients overlapped with the Clinton Foundation’s donors. “Doug is very transactional,” an unnamed senior Clinton adviser told Alec MacGillis for a profile of Band, published in The New Republic in 2013.

In the e-mails from November, 2011, Chelsea Clinton laid out what she had heard about her father’s longtime aide and his partners. Band and Teneo had been giving their clients free memberships to the Clinton Global Initiative and “‘hustling’ business” at the conference, she said. Band himself had called Bill Clinton’s speaking agency and tried to take control of his engagements, according to Chelsea. Band’s allies were accused of taking “significant sums of money from my parents personally” and of referring to her father “in very derogatory ways.” When Bill Clinton and others raised some of these issues with Band, Chelsea wrote, Band “yelled and screamed at my Dad about how could he do this to Justin and him, he would be nothing without him”—that is, that the former President would be nothing without Band. Chelsea was particularly distressed that this happened on the same day as the death of her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham. “All of it makes me very sad,” she wrote. But that doesn’t seem to be her only emotion. She was also, and more obviously, pissed.
Band was forthright about his work, but he also expressed concerns about what they call, on cable news shows, the optics. “I’m also starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Clintons’ advisers. He directed most of his anger at Chelsea Clinton. “I realize it is difficult to confront and reason with her but this could go to[o] far and then we all will have a real serious set of other problems,” Band wrote. “She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn’t found her way and has a lack of focus in her life.”

Band and Chelsea Clinton are natural antagonists in their competing efforts to present themselves as Bill Clinton’s protectors, in ways that make evident some currents of class and social position. Chelsea Clinton is analytic and aggressive; she has the tone of someone who has found and intends to remove an imposter. But there is something curious about how she describes her father, almost as if he were a victim.

That Band felt free to trash-talk Chelsea Clinton, and that she failed to quickly dislodge him, says a great deal about how close he was to the former President, and how much trust Bill Clinton had in him. In her e-mails, Chelsea presented that trust as essentially misplaced, and her father as a victim. But the Bill Clinton who has appeared in public over the past decade has not seemed a helpless figure. There is acknowledgement of this in Chelsea’s lament of “my father’s world.” The e-mails suggest that she reveres her father, and that she saw her role at the foundation in large part as defending President Clinton. It isn’t quite so obvious, for all of her anger at his surrogates, that she trusts him.




Dear Hillary, ditch Doug Band

Buried in the WikiLeaks dumps is at least one important lesson for Hillary Clinton: If she wins the White House, her family needs to freeze out Doug Band.

Band got his start as a humble aide in the Bill Clinton White House, then went on to head the Clinton Foundation before co-founding “fixer” firm Teneo Holdings LLC.

A previous Wikidump showed Band complaining about interference from “spoiled brat” Chelsea Clinton, and last week’s release confirms that Chelsea was right.

In an email during his days at the foundation, Band whines that he’s banned from pocketing cash and expensive gifts from Clinton Global Initiative donors, while Bill Clinton gets to do it all the time. No, he’s not criticizing Bill — he’s complaining that he himself doesn’t get to cash in while serving on the board of a nonprofit.

Hah: Band used contacts made in that job to form the core of Teneo’s business — he’s doing quite well now, all thanks to the Clintons.

Now consider the “interference” from Chelsea that annoyed Band — for example, an email warning she’d heard Band had used Bill’s name with members of the British Parliament in order to advance Teneo clients. She was worried such sleaze might cause trouble for her mom’s presidential run.

Note, too, that Band was the guy most often emailing Hillary’s State Department aides demanding favors for foundation donors.

If she’s president, Hillary Clinton doesn’t need endless influence-peddling scandals. That means not only closing the Clinton Foundation, but making Doug Band(it) persona non grata for her whole administration.


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