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Turns out, Foggy Bottom has a Lincoln Bedroom, too.
Don’t get the reference? You’re either too young or just too deep in the Hillary Clinton tank to care about the latest scandal: As the venerable Associated Press reported this week, more than half of the non-government officials that Hillary Clinton met with as Secretary of State gave donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Bill’s quid? Meet Hillary’s quo. No wonder this marriage endures: These two were made for each other.
First, a tiny bit of background: During Bill Clinton’s first term, the nation was shocked to discover that the Clinton Administration awarded top Democratic Party donors with an overnight stay in the White House, most often in the fabled Lincoln Bedroom.
The scandal died down eventually when it turned out that pretty much every president has rewarded pals with a stay in the People’s House. But the scandal always stuck in my craw because it violates my belief that government should exist for the little guy, not David Geffen and his thick-walleted pals. Sure, genuine friends of any president should be allowed to sleep over — but the Clintons redefined the word “friend” to no longer mean “people we’ve known for years and whose children grew up with Chelsea” but to mean “people who give us money so we’ll govern the way they like.”
That’s not a friend. That’s a smoke-filled room.
Now, fast-forward to this week. The AP story — based on Sec. Clinton’s own State Department datebooks (which the news organization had to sue to get, by the way) — started with these damning words:
“More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.”
The story said the donations to the Clinton Foundation amounted to roughly $156 million, not counting 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity.
H/t reader kevin a.
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