John McCain has an institute that is starting to look like Hillary’s and Bill’s Clinton Foundation. Even the donors look similar and include Saudi Arabia, George Soros, and Clinton’s bag man Doug Band. Other donors include organizations that either abuse their citizens or, as in the case of one, promote Iranian values in the U.S. for better understanding.
While McCain’s institute isn’t to enrich him financially, it is meant to give him a lasting legacy.
It’s McCain’s campaign funds and McCain’s legacy that form the foundation
Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and fierce non-stop critic of President Trump, set up the McCain Institute for International Leadership in December 2012 with $8.7 million in unused campaign funds.
His questionable hardcore leftist friend George Soros donates to the McCain Institute, which is to serve as McCain’s long lasting shrine to his legacy.
McCain and Soros are friends and have been since the senator was exposed as a member of the “Keating Five”. This was during the savings and loan (S&L) industry scandal under former President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
Critics on both sides of the aisle see the Institute as a conflict of interests for the senator from Arizona, Daily Caller reports
McCain personally leads the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” and it has some very sketchy donors. It’s beginning to parallel Hillary’s Clinton Foundation which co-mingled political powerhouses and special interests in what looked like pay-to-play.
Donations to the Institute include $100,000 from billionaire hard-left activist-funder George Soros. There are donations from Teneo, co-founded by Doug Band, famous for handling overly-lucrative speaking and business deals for Bill Clinton. The ones from Russia are the most interesting.
Also in 2016, $1 million Saudi Arabian donation went to the McCain Institute.
Another $100,000 donation came from a Moroccan company that abuses its workers. Another $100,000 was donated by Francis Najafi who owns the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm, Daily Caller reported.
Pivotal donates to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), long thought to be apologists for the Iranian regime. They are active supporters of the horrendous Iran deal. NIAC is directly tied to the Iranian regime.
NIAC President Trita Parsi is a powerful advocate for Iran. The organization is known to be Iran’s lobbyists is D.C., though it hasn’t registered as lobbyists.
Money is being collected from these people in the name of a sitting senator, John McCain, who is also Chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services committee.
McCain has lavished effusive praise on the King of Morocco, saying in 2011, that the country was a “positive example to governments across the Middle East and North Africa.” They’ve donated and they also violate human rights.
McCain pretended he wasn’t tied to the McCain Institute and said he was “proud that the institute is named after me, but I have nothing to do with it.”
He made those comments after the Saudis donate $1 million. Then he said his relationship was distant like Goldwater’s was to a foundation merely named after him.
Neither is true and he received two Pinocchios at WaPo for having “misspoke”. He is tied to it and it’s not like Goldwater’s foundation.
McCain’s spokesperson said the senator just meant to say he wasn’t tied to the Saudi donation.
The high-profile institute was established at Arizona State University to preserve Sen. John McCain’s political legacy as if all the illegal aliens weren’t enough.
It was established to promote “character-driven leadership” and focus on issues that shaped McCain’s career, such as foreign policy and national security. Its mission statement says it is “guided by values that have animated” McCain’s career and his family. The Washington-based McCain Institute runs an internship program and holds events focused on issues like human trafficking and national security.
McCain regularly attends events and fundraisers hosted by the McCain Institute. His wife, Cindy McCain, is on the institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, working with the nonprofit to raise awareness for her main policy issue. Many of McCain’s longtime political allies sit on the nonprofit’s board of directors. Tax records show a longtime McCain fundraiser, Carly Eudy, maintains the McCain Institute Foundation’s financial records.
He has a symbolic role with the nonprofit, attends fundraisers and he and his wife are supportive of its efforts.