12-30-16-apd3For years, the Clintons sold access to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State through the Clinton Foundation.

Millions poured in on the assumption Hillary Clinton would be President in 2017.

That all changed when she lost the election and the Clintons had to deal with consequences they never saw coming.

In 2015, donations to the Foundation plunged 37 percent with the black cloud of a pay-to-play investigation and poor grades from charity watchdogs.

That trend continued post-election as the government of Australia canceled all partnerships with the Clinton Foundation that had cost Australian taxpayers $88 million over 10 years.

Norway also slashed its donations from $20 million to $4.2 million.

With the Clintons’ political career ending with a humiliating defeat in the Presidential election, some observers contend foreign governments are pulling their donations because there is no more access to purchase.

So Clinton Foundation Chairman Bruce Lindsey emailed supporters saying Bill Clinton would personally triple contributions up to $200,000.

His email read:

Your contribution before the end of the year is so important that President Clinton is personally TRIPLING every gift to the Foundation, up to $200,000. Please give now so that we can change more lives in 2017.

As we prepare for a new year, President Clinton and Chelsea remain dedicated to our work providing everyone a chance to succeed.

The Clinton Foundation has been a force for good in this world. I’ve seen firsthand what the Foundation can accomplish. Here in the United States, we’re committed to finding ways for all children to live up to their unlimited potential. This starts with helping parents give their children the best start in life and working with schools to ensure kids have healthy food options and increased physical activity.

The urgency to fill the coffers of the Foundation – and defend their work – could be because the Clintons use it as a slush fund.

The Foundation has paid for first-class airline travel and hotel stays, as well as a charitable write- off for the Clinton family.

Between 2001 and 2008, the Clintons wrote off $10.2 million in charitable tax deductions.

But the golden goose of foreign donations may be drying up.

So the Clintons are resorting to tried-and-true fundraising strategies for their foundation.

Matching grants are common in low-dollar email marketing fundraising appeals.

The Clintons are resorting to them because their usual pay-to-play schemes have dried up.

With the door closed on their political career, the Foundation is all they have.

But the FBI is pressing forward with a corruption investigation into the Foundation’s practices.

So big money foreign contributions are likely to continue to dry up.

The Clintons will increasingly have to rely on fundraising gimmicks and stunts to raise money for their tainted foundation.