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Hillary Clinton Gets In the Corruption Line January 13, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics, World Politics.
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Hillary Clinton said that Middle East would be a priority as her tenure as Secretary of State during her confirmation hearings beginning today.

However, more interesting is that news reports by the Associated Press are stating that they can document at least 6 occasions where Senator Clinton intervened on the behalf of donors to  her husband’s foundation.   Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Clinton Foundation both declined to answer questions about whether the senator tried to step away from issues directly affecting donors to her husband’s charity, and whether the foundation tried to screen out money from those on whose issues the senator had intervened.

Truthfully, this will not be a barrier to Ms. Clinton’s confirmation.  But it should worry the public.  The Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors are whom? Foreign governments and government interests from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy, Jamaica and Tenerife in the Canary Islands, among others.  And that doesn’t include many multinational corporate interests.

Sen. Dick Lugar stated that this should not be an impediment to confirmation, but that further foreign investments in the foundation should be stopped.  It is a ridiculous question.  Why?  The Clinton Foundation is under no obligation legally or otherwise to release the donor names.  They only did so now under heavy political pressure because of Ms. Clinton’s impending confirmation hearings.  In all reality, these donations are likely to increase in the future, not decrease, and will not be known to the public.

UPDATE:  Later on in the hearings, Hillary Clinton rebuffeds Senators who called for more openess on Clinton Foundation donors.

“It will not be in the atmosphere,” Clinton said.

“I don’t know who will be giving money,” Hillary Clinton said. “When the disclosure occurs, obviously it will be after the fact, so it would be hard to make an argument that it influenced anybody because we didn’t know about it.”

Only one problem:  the same could be said during her tenure as senator, and apparently it did influence her actions.  Again, if Barack Obama tolerates this, then he is establishing a clear double standard between his rhetoric on openness and ethics in his administration, versus the actual practice of it.



1. Julie Winters - January 13, 2009

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