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Hillary Clinton Goes ‘Pay to Play’ with Contributor

Blagojevich and Richardson aren't alone when it comes to questionable ethics.

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Eric Florack

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January 5, 2009 - 9:40 am
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The big headline story recently has been Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s “play for pay” scandal relating to the president-elect’s vacant Senate seat. We’ve also been watching money scandals surrounding other Democrats such as Charlie Rangel and William Jefferson, to name but a few.

It now appears by way of the New York Times that they are not alone in violating ethics. Add Hillary Clinton to the list.

According to the Times, developer Robert J. Congel of Syracuse, New York, donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s library, and was also more recently a heavy contributor to Mrs. Clinton’s electoral efforts. The article says Hillary Clinton was responsible for herding legislation through the Senate which allowed Mr. Congel to use tax exempt bonds to finance the construction of “Destiny USA,” which is an expansion to his already existing Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse. The article, understandably, seems to suggest a connection between these two events.

Upon investigating, there isn’t much to contradict that notion.  According to the Huffington Post (hardly a bastion of conservative thought), Congel donated $25,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, $2,300 to Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign, $2,300 to Walsh for Congress, $2,100 to Mitt Romney, $2,000 to Rudy Giuliani, and $4,600 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Congel also donated $2,000 for the reelection of George W. Bush back in 2004.

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