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Colombian 'investment firm' deletes online information after it's revealed to be owned by the Clinton family

Clinton dishonesty

(NaturalNews) Slowly, but steadily, as the time nears when the two major political parties will begin the primary process to select their candidates, the leading Democrat in the race, Hillary Clinton, appears to have had some help in "tidying up" some information – such as the scrubbing of public records tied to anything that might dissuade Americans from voting for her.

In recent days it was reported by the Washington Free Beacon that the Clinton Foundation's Colombia-based investment firm was not registered as a private equity fund in the country, which some believe may have allowed the firm to skirt some industry regulations and Colombian government oversight.

As reported by the Beacon, Fondo Accesso described itself as a "Private Equity Fund" in promotional literature and in business presentations, but the firm is not included in a database kept by the Colombian government listing current and previous private equity funds.

The WFB reported that Colombian legal experts contacted by the news site said Fondo Accesso did not immediately appear to have violated any laws by describing itself as a private equity fund, as long as it did not try to raise money. Corporate records describe the firm as a "simplified stock corporation," which legal experts say precludes it from operating as a private equity fund.

Efforts to check the company's online description were hampered, however, by the fact that its website was scrubbed from the Internet recently, just days after the Free Beacon reported that the $20 million investment firm was actually owned by the Clinton Foundation, and operated from the foundation's Bogota, Colombia, office. Oops.

'They don't want to be under surveillance'

The Free Beacon noted further:

"The website had previously described Acceso as 'a Private Equity Fund that seeks investment opportunities in small and medium Colombian compan[ies] with the purpose of obtaining economic and social returns.'

"Its website also included a contract for companies seeking investment to fill out, which authorized the release of financial and other internal information to Fondo Acceso and the Clinton Foundation."

Shortly thereafter, the website was taken down. It had been registered to Monika Kellner, an official with the foundation, and was created in 2010, online records confirmed.

Others have referred to Fondo Accesso as a private equity firm as well. That includes its manager, Carolina Botero, who doubles as the chief financial officer at the Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership. She referred to the company as a private equity fund during a presentation to the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce in July 2012, the Free Beacon reported.

That presentation looked to be aimed at companies seeking funding as opposed to searching for investors, something legal experts said was allowable under Colombian law.

Hernando Padilla, a partner at Phillipi, Prietocarrizosa & Uria, one of Colombia's top law firms, told the WFB that it would be out of the ordinary for a company to self-identify as a private equity fund when, actually, it was a simplified stock corporation. He went on to say that a company might do so if its managers were attempting to fly under the radar of government oversight.

Nothing to see here

"They don't want to be under the surveillance and regulation of the Superintendency of Finance," he told the WFB. "That's the reason."

When the Free Beacon attempted to get an explanation from Fondo Acceso, its reporters were given the dead-end treatment; officials at Fondo Acceso referred them to the Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which in turn did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment.

"Fondo Acceso was founded in 2010 by Bill Clinton, the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, and the Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra. The Clinton Foundation and the SLIM Foundation committed $10 million each to the fund," the Free Beacon reported.

If anyone still believes the Clintons are honest, hard-working public servants who care about "the poor" and "downtrodden," and that they aren't trying to scoop up as much money as they possibly can (all while complaining about so-called "income inequality" and other fabricated nonsense), those people are deluding themselves.





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