Hillary’s Ties To The Church Of Scientology
During Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, the Church of Scientology began their big lobbying push with the agency.
The “church’s” official Washington lobbyist is Greg Mitchell. The Daily Caller is reporting Mitchell worked to help Scientologists gain credibility and lobby for criminal justice reform and religious freedom in foreign countries – big issues to the bizarre celebrity-studded church.
During nine months in 2011, while Hillary was Secretary of State, Church of Scientology International spent $80,000 lobbying the State Department. It was their first year lobbying.
The next year, 2012, they spent $80,000 in lobbying efforts targeting Clinton’s State Department.
Mitchell fought against a new religion law in Hungary that legally de-registers minority religions in the country, and “urged the Secretary to raise this issue with the Hungarian Prime Minister and with leaders of the Hungarian Parliament,” according to lobbying disclosure forms.
Mitchell also circulated a letter to the secretary of state and others “to express our deep concern about rising government restrictions on religion in France” and to fight a religious extremism law in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, among other similar issues.
Scientology continued to lobby John Kerry’s State Department in each quarter of 2013 and 2014 after Clinton left office.
Scientology’s links to the Clintons predate Hillary’s term at the State Department.
The Clinton administration’s Internal Revenue Service granted Scientology its status as a tax-exempt church within Clinton’s first year in office in 1993.
Actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise personally called Bill Clinton to get him to influence his friend, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to help Scientology’s charity status in Great Britain, according to former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun.
Actor and Scientologist John Travolta once received “an unsolicited offer of presidential help” from Clinton as Scientology fought the German government on issues of religious persecution, according to The Los Angeles Times. Clinton administration national security advisor Sandy Berger personally talked to Travolta about the issue and the administration’s efforts to resolve it.