Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 31, 2016
On Vox, there’s an interesting article called Colin Powell’s foundation and Hillary Clinton’s are treated very differently by the media. It seems that Powell set up a foundation in the 1990s, had it run by his wife when he was Secretary of State, and did favors for the infamous head of Enron, Kenneth Lay, and his company, who made big donations. Crickets, though, from the media, including the AP:
In 1997, after a distinguished career in military service that culminated with stints as national security adviser under Ronald Reagan and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Colin Powell launched a charity. Named America’s Promise, it’s built around the theme of Five Promises to America’s children.
snip [Powell nominated and confirmed as Bush’s Secretary of State]
So what about the charity? Well, Powell’s wife, Alma Powell, took it over. And it kept raking in donations from corporate America. Ken Lay, the chair of Enron, was a big donor. He also backed a literacy-related charity that was founded by the then-president’s mother. The US Department of State, at the time Powell was secretary, went to bat for Enron in a dispute the company was having with the Indian government.
Did Lay or any other Enron official attempt to use their connections with Alma Powell (or Barbara Bush, for that matter) to help secure access to State Department personnel in order to voice these concerns? Did any other donors to America’s Promise? I have no idea, because to the best of my knowledge nobody in the media ever launched an extensive investigation into these matters. That’s the value of the presumption of innocence, something Hillary Clinton has never been able to enjoy during her time in the national spotlight.