Jeffrey Epstein is connected with the Clintons and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak as well as numerous other politicians and celebrities. The Foundation that he is connected to has just as many questionable characters.
We reported over the weekend that Jeffrey Epstein has connections to an entity by the name of the Wexner Foundation (EIN #:27-7320631).
An Internet sleuth provided us some questionable ties related to Epstein and Barak Ehud. For the past 15 years there are numerous entities operating in both Ohio and NY related to the Wexner Foundation. The ties to Epstein seem to be limited to the early years and fairly straight forward.
For tax years 2001 through 2006, the tax returns for the Foundation list Jeffrey Epstein as a Trustee and the person with whom the corporate books are in the possession of (at the same address of the Foundation in Ohio). Additionally, for 2001 the Wexner Foundation only received one contribution of $9,588,560 and that contribution came from an entity named ARTS INTEREST TRUST with an address of C/O Jeffrey Epstein in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
In all other years of 2002-2015, the vast majority (if not all) of the Wexner Foundation revenue came from contributions from an entity named THE LESLIE H. WEXNER CHARITABLE FUND (EIN#: 31-1318013). For years of 2001-2005, Epstein was listed as a Trustee of this organization as well. In 2006, this entity changed it's name to THE WEXNER FAMILY CHARITABLE FUND.
Another interesting discovery is that the Wexner Foundation paid "consulting fees" to Ehud Barak of $1 million in 2004 and $800,000 in 2006. In 2005, The Leslie H Wexner Charitable Fund paid Ehud Barak $505,000 in "consulting fees".
Per further analysis of the tax returns of the Wexner Foundation:
The salaries paid by this entity seem very high given the revenues, expenses and activity of the entity.
Most of the "grants" paid to other organizations have been to educational institutions, with a very substantial portion (roughly 50%) paid to Harvard.
Travel expenses seem extremely high for this organization (some years travel expenses exceed their grants given).
Some other expenses in multiple years seem odd (examples: "Parsonage" and "Honoria")
Rent expense seems very high in multiple years.
One other thing of interest is that while the annual filings of the Wexner Foundation with the NY Charity Bureau are listed for all years 1999-2017, the links for years prior to 2006 are no longer clickable and therefore the documents cannot be downloaded from that site. However, the 990 returns are viewable and downloadable from ProPublica for 2001-2015.
Today we have more information on the Wexner Foundation –
Highlights 2001-2017 (all years tax returns available):
Total Contribution Revenue of Wexner Foundation = $175 Million
Wexner Family Charitable Fund = $131,000,000 (74.8%)
Arts Interest Trust (C/O Epstein ) = $9,588,560 (5.5%) – 2nd largest
Some additional items of note: