Six Clinton Quid Pro Quos?

Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton “intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband’s foundation,” AP reports after reviewing the New York senator’s official correspondence.

The New York Times reported previously that around the same time businessman Robert J. Congel made a hefty donation to the William J. Clinton Foundation, Senator Clinton helped Congel get millions of dollars in federal assistance for his business venture. (Previous blog entry.) The Department of State is expected to review future donations to the foundation from overseas contributors.

Right at this moment Mrs. Clinton is being questioned by a Senate committee as part of her confirmation process. She apparently coined a new phrase, “smart power,” to describe her approach to using diplomacy and military power in America’s interest. If it’s anything like the inappropriately named smart growth, God help us.

We profiled the Clinton Foundation in the February 2008 Foundation Watch and I wrote about the potential for conflicts of interest in the American Spectator.

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