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November 16, 2007

Hillary Clinton Raking in Cash from Crooks Bill Pardoned

Shrillary Rotten doesn't even have the nomination yet, but she is already back in full Clinton swing, sucking up cash from shady lowlife who benefited from the nearly 200 last-minute pardons granted by her brazenly corrupt husband. Even ABC News has noticed the stink:

Three recipients of controversial 11th-hour pardons issued by former President Bill Clinton in January 2001 have donated thousands of dollars to the presidential campaign of his wife, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., according to campaign finance records examined by ABC News, in what some good government groups said created an appearance of impropriety.
"It's not illegal," Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told ABC News. "But, of course, it's inappropriate and she should return the money. It does raise the appearance that this is payback."

No kidding.

One of the pardonees who has become a donor to Sen. Clinton is David Herdlinger, a former prosecutor in Springdale, Ark., who, according to press accounts at the time of his pardon pleaded guilty in 1986 to mail fraud after taking bribes to reduce or drop charges against defendants charged with drunken driving offenses.
Now a life and business coach in Georgia, Herdlinger was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001; he donated $1,000 to Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign in August.
Insurance agent Alfredo Regalado, who gave Hillary Clinton $2,000, was pardoned by her husband for failing to "report the transportation of currency in excess of $10,000 into the United States," according to the Department of Justice.
John Deutch is a different case, having served as President Clinton's CIA director.
Pardoned by President Clinton for charges he had mishandled government secrets — but before the Department of Justice could file the proper paperwork against him — Deutch, now a professor at MIT, gave Sen. Clinton the maximum allowable donation, $2,300.
Neither Herdlinger nor Regalado nor Deutch could be reached for comment.

In Shrillary's defense, it must be difficult — in Democrat circles — to avoid all the shady characters Slick Willie treated to pardons and commutations in the final hours before trashing the White House and finally leaving. Check out this list.

Blissfully free of any ethical reservations, the Clintons used their pardon power to buy the votes of an entire town for Shrillary's Senate campaign:

In August 2000, during her first Senate run, Clinton met with the Hasidic community in New Square, where many members were working to obtain clemency for four members of their community who had been convicted of stealing tens of millions of dollars from the state and federal government.
The town overwhelmingly voted for Clinton, and in January 2001, the four men were granted clemency. Hillary Clinton had met with members of the community in August 2000, but said the issue did not come up.

No of course not. It's all just a remarkable coincidence, like the $200,000 paid to Shrillary's brother by Almon Glenn Braswell, after Bill pardoned him for mail fraud and perjury.

Most disturbingly, Clinton pardoned terrorists of the FALN in a cynical attempt to court the Puerto Rican vote in New York.

At least with the Clintons, you know what you're getting: corruption, irresponsibility, socialism, and naked lust for power.

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Smooth operator.

On a tip from Byron.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 16, 2007 7:12 AM

Comments

Like Dr. King said on Aug. 28, 1963. The content of your character.

Posted by: mockinbird at November 16, 2007 10:08 AM

Well, the good news is, Hilldog isn't planting questions any more, CNN is planting questions for her..

Posted by: V the K at November 17, 2007 11:13 AM