Politics

Clinton Email Highlights Cozy Relationship With Lobbyist

Hillary Rodham Clinton,
AP

Hillary Clinton added a lobbyist to her "call list" after he told her he had "great news" from a top Clinton Foundation donor, according to an email obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch.

BGR Group lobbyist Jonathan Mantz, Clinton’s campaign fundraiser, emailed the secretary of state on Feb. 10, 2009, to share news about the late Democratic donor Walter Shorenstein, who had given at least $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

"Wanted to let you know that I received great news from Walter Shorenstein today," wrote Mantz.

Clinton forwarded the email to an aide with the note "Add Jonathan Mantz to call list."

Mantz was lobbying for various companies seeking government contracts at the time and some foreign policy-related clients, including the Kurdistan regional government and former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mantz was Clinton’s finance director in 2008, and currently serves as a financial adviser to her campaign.

The Washington Free Beacon reported in September that Mantz emailed Clinton to promote a project for one of his clients, Claudio Osorio, in 2010. Osorio needed funding for a Haiti construction project, and received a $10 million expedited federal loan in 2010. The project turned out to be a scam, and Osorio is currently serving 12 years in prison on fraud charges related to the government loan.