A bundler for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and friend of the Democratic nominee reached out to Clinton's top aides in June 2009 to secure a meeting for a well-connected coal company, according to new emails released Monday.
Joyce Aboussie, who has donated up to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, emailed longtime Clinton confidante Huma Abedin to ask if a company for which she worked as a consultant, Peabody Energy, could have a private audience with Clinton, according to emails made public Monday.
"Huma, I need your help now to intervene please," Aboussie wrote. "We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton."
Aboussie said Peabody Energy had enlisted her services, as well as those of former Democratic House majority leader and current lobbyist Dick Gephardt, because of their connections to Clinton.
"It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick and I because of our relationships with the Clintons," Aboussie wrote.
Abedin replied that Clinton's schedule in the first six months of her tenure had been "insane."
"[W]e are working on it and I hope we can make something work," Abedin wrote.
Aboussie has bundled more than $100,000 in donations to Clinton's presidential campaign.
The email exchange, made public Monday among a batch of documents obtained by Judicial Watch, is the latest record revealing the special access Clinton contributors enjoyed while the Democratic nominee headed the State Department.