With the withdrawal of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for his investigation of “pay-to-play” in the awarding of state contracts, the saga of the most unethical President in history (who hasn’t even been inaugurated yet!) continues with this: it would appear Hillary Clinton was doing something similar in the awarding of federal grants.
What is it with Democraps and “pay-to-play”, anyway?
An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.
Mrs. Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert J. Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse. Mrs. Clinton also helped secure a provision in a highway bill that set aside $5 million for Destiny USA roadway construction.
The bill with the tax-free bonds provision became law in October 2004, weeks before the donation, and the highway bill with the set-aside became law in August 2005, about nine months after the donation.
Mr. Clinton set up his foundation as he was leaving the White House and as his wife was transforming herself from First Lady to United States Senator from New York. The William J. Clinton Foundation finances Mr. Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., as well as programs that work on AIDS, poverty, climate change and other causes worldwide. But there is no law requiring former presidents to disclose money they collect for their foundations.
Mr. Clinton’s foundation last month revealed the identity of its donors as part of an agreement with President-elect Barack Obama, who selected Mrs. Clinton as his nominee for secretary of state.
“There was no connection with Bill Clinton and the ‘green bonds’ and the contribution,” Mr. Congel said in an interview. “None at all.”
Perhaps it just depends on what your definition of “contribution” is, don’t you think?