Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, used his connections to the Clinton family and the Clinton Foundation to raise money for his hedge fund, new WikiLeaks emails reveal.
Mezvinsky used Clinton Foundation events, such as poker tournaments, to court rich Clinton supporters in an effort to get them to invest in his start-up hedge fund. According to the emails, he also relied heavily on a billionaire Clinton donor to help raise money for the fund.
In addition, he had his wife, Chelsea, make calls and set up meetings with Clinton family supporters — also in an attempt to get them to invest in his fund.
The emails revealing the information came from longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band in late 2011 and 2012 and were sent to Clinton family confidants John Podesta and Cheryl Mills.
Mezvinsky was previously an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and during the time Band sent the emails was working feverishly to raise capital and launch his fund.
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In a Jan. 2012 email to Podesta, Mills and current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Band wrote that Mezvinsky invited “several potential investors” for his hedge fund “and a few current business ones” to a foundation poker night fundraiser he had been planning.
“I assume all are contributing to the foundation, which of course isn't the point,” Band wrote. “The entire plan of his has been to use this for his business.”
In the same email, Band — referring to Chelsea Clinton by her initials — wrote that Mezvinsky “has CVC making some calls for him to get mtgs with some clinton people.”
And, in a Nov. 2011 memo released Sunday, Band wrote that major Clinton Foundation donor Marc Lasry was “assisting Marc Mezvinsky – Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky’s husband – in raising money for his new fund.”
The revelations play into the narrative of Republican Donald Trump, who has alleged throughout the general election cycle that the Clintons are corrupt and use their foundation to benefit their political and business interests.