Former Democratic President Bill Clinton’s aides were using taxpayer dollars to subsidize the Clinton Foundation, for IT equipment and the notorious private email server, according to a new information released Thursday.
The Clintons were using the Former President’s Act, a federal program through the General Services Administration (GSA) – which is generally used for the purpose of paying former president’s staff, travel and pensions – to pay 13 out of 22 staffers who also worked at the nonprofit, reports Politico.
The Virginia-based news outlet reports several of the employees salaries were subsidized up to $10,000 annually using money from the program.
The evidence strengthens arguments critical of the Clinton Foundation, which may have blurred the lines between political activities and the nonprofit. The foundation is currently under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for alleged pay-to-play practices.
While using the Former President’s Act is not illegal, critics have repeatedly slammed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for allowing donors to impact her policy decisions during her tenure as Secretary of State – contending that there are repeated conflicts of interest which merit scrutiny.
Bill Clinton drew more funds from the federal program than any other president in the past, having requested a whopping $16 million since he left office.
While the Clintons previously claimed that they were “dead broke” after leaving the White House, a claim that has since been debunked, they continued to use taxpayer funds despite managing a $2 billion entity.
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