They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Politics can attract different people from all over the world who have absolutely nothing in common and bring them together in a way that hopefully benefits people in a good way. In what is all to common these days is that it isn’t the betterment of mankind that brings these strange bedfellows together, it is the lure of money and lots of it. Two organizations that have benefited greatly in collaborating together are the Clinton Foundation and FIFA, the International governing body of world soccer. Most recently FIFA has been rocked by a scandal involving money laundering, racketeering and corruption charges surrounding fourteen of their members according to the Justice Department. Apparently, over a span of two decades it has become known that FIFA officials have been taking bribes and kickbacks worth $150 million dollars since 1991 from sports marketers in exchange for commercial rights to tournaments. The scandal has forced Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA and close confidant of Bill Clinton to resign.
So what does all this have to do with the Clinton Foundation? It turns out that two people indicted by the United States Department of Justice belong to organizations that have had a working relationship with the Clinton Foundation. They are Jeffrey Webb and Eduardo Li. Mr. Webb is current Vice President of FIFA and executive committee member. Mr. Webb is also president of CONCACAF, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive committee member and Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president. Eduardo Li Is currently FIFA executive committee member-elect, CONCACAF executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) president.
According to the Clinton Foundation web site, the foundation has partnered with FIFA and CONCACAF on several projects since 2009 that intended to tackle life threatening problems such as gender equality, accessible youth sporting programs, sustainable energy and climate change. These projects have an estimated total cost of a staggering $101,000,000.00.
In addition, it has been learned that not only has FIFA donated $50,000 to $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, but several of their sponsors have also donated directly to the Foundation. They are Coca Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Nike, Visa, McDonalds and Hyundai Motor America all equalling well over $33 million dollars.
In 2010 the United States lost its bid for the World Cup and Hillary Clinton’s husband was an honorary chairman for the U.S. bid committee. It was Bill Clinton’s job to promote the United States as the best possible place for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup that is sanctioned by FIFA. The winning bid was ultimately given to Qatar. It would be later learned that not only did the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee donate $250,000 to $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014, but the State of Qatar would donate in excess of $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
So it seems the Clinton Foundation and FIFA have indeed become strange bedfellows for the sole purpose of acquiring millions of dollars. Because of this association they may both become knee deep into any scandal that may develop. If it is proven true and they did work illegally, then they both will share the mantle of corruption equally. FIFA has been corrupt for years using bribes, kickback schemes and money laundering in order to hide any existence of illegality. In the past, when FIFA became ensnarled in any kind of scandal they would simply escape trouble by blaming it on an individual in the FIFA kingdom and that individual would eventually take the fall. The new DOJ investigation into the FIFA kingdom will undoubtedly cause more rats to jump ship. If one or two of those rats happens to involve the Clinton Foundation, then the legality and reputation of the entire foundation is in question. Why would two entirely different entities become strange bedfellows in the first place? It is the lure of money and lots of it.