The Clinton political war machine is on the march, buying its way to the Democratic nomination:
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign reached a deal to pay a key South Carolina black leader’s consulting firm more than $200,000 just days before he agreed to endorse her run for president, it was revealed yesterday.
The arrangement involves South Carolina state Sen. Darrell Jackson, a well-connected African-American leader and pastor whose support is coveted by national campaigns.
Jackson confirmed to The Post yesterday that his public-relations firm struck a deal with the Clinton campaign just days ago for a contract worth up to $10,000 a month through the 2008 elections.
Jackson had also been in talks with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign about endorsing him and entering into a consulting contract for more than $5,000, sources said – raising questions about whether Jackson’s endorsement was bought by a higher bidder.
Link via Lucianne.
The New York Post’s headline characterizes this deal as “shocking” but it isn’t shocking at all. We’re talking about the Clintons here – this kind of behavior is in their nature. When they were in the White House, they sold pardons and sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom to the highest bidder as well. The American people need to remember how corrupt the Clintons were when they were in power. Investor’s Business Daily recounts the corruption in an article from last month:
Amazing how fast corruption’s odor trails the Clintons. Just as Hillary announces she’s running for president as her own woman, we now learn her brother got loans he never had to repay. Same old grifters.
That should be a warning, because the seedy memory of the Clinton scandals has faded since Bill and Hillary left the White House in 2001, pardoning criminals, signing book deals and perhaps carting off the silver on their way out.
Today, Hillary is presenting herself as a crisp, well-coiffed, new-style Democrat presidential candidate, standing on her own record in the Senate, projecting her own hard-driven ideology and owing nothing except maybe a few political pointers to her savvy ex-president husband.
That would be fine, except that wasn’t the way the Clintons ran things when they were in the White House. Hillary was no retiring first lady, but a Washington power player in her own right.
She billed herself as co-president and built enough political clout to try to take over one-seventh of the U.S. economy in a health care nationalization scheme. She also brought her own political cronies from left-wing law firms and social service lobbies into high offices.
Even more important, the Clintons were master campaign fundraisers, an endeavor that not only took most of their time, but marked their era with a corruption not seen since the Gilded Age.
The couple abused the office of the president by selling political favors in exchange for campaign contributions. The two were so shameless in shaking money out of those who sought White House access that one collaborator, Johnny Chung, compared their operation to putting coins in a subway turnstile.
In return for campaign donations, they allowed U.S. technology to be sold to the Chinese, rented out the Lincoln bedroom to Hollywood second-stringers, indulged in improbably profitable commodity trades, and, for their finales, pardoned a long string of atrocious criminals, confident that their last-minute abuse of office would be forgotten as the nation turned its focus to a new president.
This story brings back all the awful memories of the Clintons’ unseemly activities in the White House. Some of these activities still have unanswered questions, and Tom Fitton put together ten of them that he’d like Hillary to answer.
Anyone who thinks that Hillary’s revamping is real is hopelessly naive. The Clintons have always been and always will be corrupt and without scruples. The American people need to be reminded of that before they cast any vote for Hillary Clinton.