More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation, either personally or through companies or groups. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs. That's according to a review of department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million.
The frequency of the overlaps fuels perceptions that donations were a key to gaining face time with Clinton.
Meanwhile, another report published n USA TODAY revealed that Adil Öksüz, one of the masterminds of the Gülenist-led failed coup attempt, created a fictitious company in the U.S. in 2010 only to make donations to a super PAC supporting Democratic nominee Clinton.
Öksüz, an assistant professor at Sakarya University who was detained at the command center where Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and force commanders were held hostage on July 15, registered a company called Harmony Enterprises in New Jersey in 2010, according to state corporate records and made only one donation up until now, which is to the Ready for Hillary PAC on June 27, 2014, USA TODAY reported.
The newspaper couldn't receive a response from the Clinton campaign questions about the donations.
The company website suggests it is a paper manufacturing business, but the address listed on the corporate records is actually a used car lot on a highway in Lodi, N.J. Harmony's phone number is disconnected.
According to the report, the Harmony's donation was one of a half-dozen donations made to Ready PAC that same day totaling more than $62,000 from Turkish Americans in and around Lodi. Much of that money came from companies that no longer exist or may have never existed, or from donors who cannot be located, campaign and corporate records show.
Most of the donors have clear ties to the Gülenist Terror-cult (FETÖ), led by Fethullah Gülen, who lives on a compound in the Pennsylvania countryside.