Source: www.march-against-monsanto.com | Original Post Date: October 28, 2016 –
The Clintons are well known as one of the most established political families in recent U.S. history, but among those in the clean and organic food movement, they’re also known as huge supporters of Monsanto and other agrochemical companies, especially due to Hillary Clinton’s long-running ties.
Now, it has been revealed that one of the country’s other well known GMO and agrochemical giants, Midland, MI-based Dow Chemical, has similarly been involved with the Clinton family and the Clinton Foundation, as part of what it is being described as a “pay for play” type of relationship through emails leaked by Wikileaks.
“It appears Dow (has been) paying for connections with Clinton,” a recent article from the website MLive.com quoted an investigator as saying (as part of the report).
Dow Chemical Shells Out Tens of Millions to Top Clinton Aide
The alleged plan to buy influence among the Clinton Foundation and Clinton family came largely through Dow’s connection to Teneo, a private consulting firm run by top Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band.
Band raised money from corporations like Coca-Cola and Dow Chemical according to a 2011 memo, and also pressed donors for personal income for Clinton to be paid for engagements such as speaking arrangements.
A Dow spokesperson told MLive in the article that their relationship with the Clinton Global Initiative dates back to 2007 and is “well aligned to core business and citizenship strategies that have positively leveraged the resources and capabilities of our company.”
Dow is one of the top 10 pesticide producers in the world, typically ranking near the top half along with fellow agrochemical and GE seed giants such as Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, DuPont and others. Recently the company merged with DuPont, however the process isn’t expected to be completed until 2017, part of a recent wave of company mergers that includes Bayer’s merger with the Monsanto Company.
According to the article, Teneo made calls in 2009 “on behalf of President Clinton” to British lawmakers for Dow’s CEO Andrew Liveris according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.
Since then Dow has continued raising its donations to the Clinton-aligned firm, to $2.8 million in 2011 and then a whopping $19.4 million in 2012.
For more information on the Dow Chemical-Clinton connection, check out the full article from Mlive.com by clicking on this link. For more on the Dow/DuPont merger and what it could mean for farmers and the environment, you can also check out this article.