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Hillary ‘Intervened’ For Bill’s $$ Donors

From, of all places, the Associated Press:

AP: Clinton acted on concerns of husband’s donors

By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband’s foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.

The overlap of names on former President Bill Clinton’s foundation donor list and business interests whose issues she championed raise new questions about potential ethics conflicts between her official actions and her husband’s fundraising. The AP obtained three of the senator’s government letters under the Freedom of Information Act…

The letters and donations involve pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications and energy interests

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…

Sen. Clinton wrote to the Federal Communications Commission in February 2004 expressing concern that changes to competitive local exchange carrier access rates could hurt carriers such as New York-based PAETEC Communications. PAETEC’s chief executive is Arunas Chesonis, whose family and charity later contributed to the Clinton foundation.

Sarah Wood, executive director of the Chesonis Family Foundation, was invited by a part of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, to join the initiative after it was established in 2005, Wood said Monday. The Chesonis family personally paid $15,000 for Wood’s membership in CGI in September 2007, and the Chesonis foundation paid $20,000 for it in March 2008, Wood said.

The Chesonis Family Foundation made a $10 million pledge last May to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for solar energy research, meeting Wood’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to act on a project, Wood said…

Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, company spokeswoman Amy Rose said. Merck joined CGI in 2006, when dues were $15,000, and also was a member in 2007 and in 2008, when membership dues rose to $20,000. As part of its commitment to CGI, Merck sponsors public health initiatives around the world, Rose said. Merck joined CGI on its own initiative, she said.

Sen. Clinton wrote a November 2005 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urging approval of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Merck applied in December 2005 for approval of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the vaccine was approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. Merck is still seeking approval for use in older women, Rose said…

Another letter involved an issue important to Barr Laboratories. Sens. Clinton and Patty Murray, D-Wash., wrote to Leavitt in August 2005 urging that "science, not politics" guide the agency and "that a decision be brought swiftly on Plan B’s application." Leavitt’s office described the Clinton letter as pertaining to Barr’s application for Plan B, the emergency contraceptive also called the morning-after pill.

Barr Laboratories gave $10,001 to $25,000 to the Clinton foundation, the charity’s donor list shows. Barr joined the Clinton Global Initiative in April 2007, spokeswoman Carol Cox said…

Several of the letters involve issues directly affecting KeySpan Corp., the energy company now known as National Grid

KeySpan joined the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007 because it wanted to become involved in the climate change issue, Mostyn said. KeySpan paid $15,000 for its membership in 2007 and $20,000 for 2008, Mostyn said.

Clinton joined several other members of Congress from New York in February 2003 asking the Commerce Department to consider an appeal by Islander East, a limited liability company formed by subsidiaries of KeySpan Energy and another company, to build a natural gas pipeline to serve Connecticut, New York City and Long Island, N.Y.

Clinton and the other lawmakers wanted the Commerce Department to overturn the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s determination that Islander East’s pipeline plan was inconsistent with the state’s coastal zone management program. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and other Connecticut lawmakers wrote to Commerce urging denial of Islander East’s appeal.

Clinton earlier wrote to the Long Island Power Authority and to KeySpan urging them to consider the modernization of KeySpan’s New York power plants. Her letter in June 2002 offered her help on the issue. Also in 2002, Clinton wrote the federal government letters on the natural gas Millennium Pipeline Project in which KeySpan was involved, urging an extension of a deadline for public comment and forwarding information on route alternatives

Of course none of this should be news.

“Pay to play” politics is the mother’s milk of the Democrat political machine.

It isn’t just a Chicago thing.

But it is beautiful to see Mrs. Clinton going to bat for clients even to the detriment of the environmentalists.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Hillary ‘Intervened’ For Bill’s $$ Donors”

  1. Odie44 says:

    I love the “idiot connect the dots” in Team H’s response.

    “She never considered any favors” Oh, ok – thnx, nothing to see here.

    If their denial is true – I would love to know how getting foreign donors to give money , and American companies who are based in New York state (or have key locations in NY) for an Arkansas – based library foundation is doing her job as a NY Senator?

    The only explanation is “favors” given back to Hill/Bill and nothing to do with NY kers. And now as the SOS – she is positioned to cash in on said favors. And yet, is no longer a NY Senator, not from there and couldnt give 2 craps about the “Spring Board State” or the people who live there.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Yup, no conflict of interest here. Play ball already!!
    BTW……nice to see one of the donors got Bill another dog after he killed the other one. From the picture above I’m guessing her name is “Wrinkles”.
    She does look like a car chaser and probly has some Mississippi leg hound in her too!!

  3. rocketman says:

    A constitutional question:

    How can the Senate hold hearings and possibly confirm the nomination of a person that has been nominated by a private citizen?? BO resigned from the Senate and hasn’t been sworn in as President. He is a private citizen!!

    • Steve says:

      “How can the Senate hold hearings and possibly confirm the nomination of a person that has been nominated by a private citizen?? BO resigned from the Senate and hasn’t been sworn in as President. He is a private citizen!!”

      That’s a good question.

      I also don’t recall their ever being confirmation hearings before a new administration has been sworn in.

      Maybe I’m mistaken. — But certainly it took Bush (and previous Republicans) forever to get their picks confirmed.

      And forget about their judicial appointments.

    • JohnMG says:

      Someone enlighten me. Doesn’t the sitting VP convene the new Senate as well?

  4. 64dodger says:

    Would you please remove the picture of the Hildabeast? I almost puked.

    • Steve says:

      “Would you please remove the picture of the Hildabeast?”

      Sorry, but facts must be faced.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      My Bad!! I thought that was the family dog. See what happens when you don’t eat your veggies?

  5. suscepit says:

    Man, she’s gettin’ old.

    I actually assume politicians on both sides do this sort of thing regularly….

  6. proreason says:

    The Constitution has become meaningless.

    It has fatal flaws that must be corrected. So they correct them on the fly.

    Rocketman’s point is very significant. They have no respect of the law whatsoever. It’s just another thing to be manipulated to get what they want….power.

  7. heykev says:

    Looks like Piaps and Blago have a lot in common. Both will ANYTHING for a buck. Both use play to play. But only one of the 2 will serve time.

  8. rocketman says:

    I have just sent email to my Senators requesting an explaination; however, as we all know these idiots are not constitutional whiz kids.

  9. caligirl9 says:

    Rocketman, contact Caroline Kennedy, she knows everything about the constitution.

    Obviously none of the pharmaceutical companies were peddling Botox or Restylane. Hil’s got the dinero for a session or ten …

    • JohnMG says:

      When she can manage the energy to think at all, Caroline thinks the Constitution is a ship.

      Speaking of needing Botox, I’ve got jungle boots almost as old as Caroline–and not nearly so wrinkled. I think she spent too much on the nose when she was younger. She looks older than Mrs.MG— who will be a young 62 in April

  10. rocketman says:

    Another constitutional problem….How can a committee hold hearings on a nominee who happens to be one of them? Hillary hasn’t resigned. She is still a Senator. Anyone getting sick of this BS??

  11. Confucius says:

    “It isn’t just a Chicago thing.”

    Well, she was born there. It’s also where she learned to throw a punch, literally.

    • heykev says:

      It will be interesting to see where the investigation into Blago leads since it is difficult to believe that BHO could remain untainted by the corruption that was literally all around him. Almost every elected office here in IL is corrupt in some way…it’s just a matter of degree.

      It was very strange for me when I voted for the first time this past year in Cook County. Most of the ballot was blank as there were no Republicans running for many of the offices. Which is why the more I think about how bad our elected officers are, the more I believe we need an amendment to the Constitution (both state and Federal) for term limits. But that will happen when Piaps can fly.


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