“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” has already been touted as the book to bring down Hillary’s presidential ambitions. Rand Paul has cited this unreleased book to the point the publishing company should be paying his salary. The premise of the book is simple; foreign governments paid Bill Clinton for speaking engagements which led to Hillary giving these countries preferential treatment. The assumptions are easy, the proof is challenging. The author apparently uses guilt-by-association to draw questionable connections…but I am digressing…I haven’t actually read the book.
Let’s be honest, Republicans need Clinton Cash to float the top of news cycles so they don’t have to answer for their own skeletons in the closet. Has there ever been a more blatant use of payments-for-influence scheme than the Keystone XL Pipeline? Once Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015 their very first agenda item was passing a bill that benefited Canadian companies selling to Chinese purchasers. Many of these Congressional members hold investments in Keystone XL Pipeline’s parent companies or took hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign donations from the Koch Brother’s donor network, two of the leading pipeline investors.
But this shouldn’t be surprising; hypocrisy and Republicans have become synonymous terms. Donations to buy influence is supposedly against the rules for the Clinton’s, yet dark money donors bankrolling campaigns is morally superior for the GOP. Citizen’s United has forever eroded any high ground Republicans can claim. It is absolutely reasonable to assume that foreign donations are buying GOP influence through 501(c)(3) companies which do not reveal sources or donors. An argument could be made that pro-Israel donations are influencing Republican Senator’s opposition to the Iran talks.
Stepping aside the fact that the author of “Clinton Cash” is GOP operative and GWB adviser Peter Schweizer, if the claims in the book are legitimate this should springboard the conversation towards campaign finance reform. If Republicans are truly outraged by the alleged money-for-influence Clinton Cash claims, the legislative branch should change Citizens United and amend campaign funding laws…
But I am guessing this isn’t on the Congressional to-do list.