Daily Revolt

September 28, 2007

Presidential Librarygate: Another Clinton Scandal Ignored

Billary just keep getting away with it:
Former president Bill Clinton says he's totally in favor of disclosing donors to presidential libraries and foundations, but he's not about to name those who gave to his.

However, he said he wouldn't want to name those who have donated already "because a lot of people gave me money with the understanding that they could give anonymously."

And you can understand why he would want to keep it hidden:
President Clinton's new $165 million library here was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen.

The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, and Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week.

[...]Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger [author of bestselling book by Craig Unger titled "House of Bush, House of Saud"] said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Senator Clinton in 2008.

This was the Daily Kos take on the matter:
This is serious stuff. The exchanging of pardons for half-million dollar political contributions offends fundamental ideas of justice and fair play, and can not not be excused or defended whether perpetrated by a democrat or republican. Those who claim this is politics as usual assume a level of cyinicism that only perpetuates the problem.

Let's not let the last 8 years of GWB/Cheney make us forget that healthier government is possible. A good start would be lifting the veil of paranoia and secrecy.

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