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WikiLeaks: Who Paid for Chelsea's Wedding?

Bill and Chelsea Clinton
According to the co-founder of the Clinton Foundation, money from the charitable organization was paying for Chelsea Clinton's living expenses. (Reuters photo)

According to an email released over the weekend by WikiLeaks, neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton paid for their daughter's lavish wedding.

In fact, there were a lot of things Chelsea Clinton hasn't paid for. That's because, according to a Jan. 4, 2012-dated email from Clinton Foundation co-founder Doug Band, the foundation has been footing the bill, effectively making the foundation an illegal "slush fund" for the family.

Band told Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta:

I just received a call from a close friend of [Bill Clinton] who said that [Chelsea Clinton] told one of the Bush 43 kids that she is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from [Clinton Global Initiative] to the foundation. The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the Republican Party. I have heard more and more chatter of cvc and bari talking about lots of what is going on internally to people. Not smart.

Podesta responded:

You are perfecting your skills for understatement.

Band went further:

I learned from the best.

The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents...

I hope that you will speak to her and end this Once we go down this road...

It's clear there was a behind-the-scenes battle for control of the Clinton Foundation going on, but it remains unclear who actually won. It would seem, either way, the corruption and criminality ran deep.

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