I’m not mollified by the Clinton campaign denials that there is no quo to go with the quid that the Clinton Foundation got from dubious donors. Even if everything is on the up and up, it’s still has the appearance of impropriety, and what is America all about if not appearances?
Neither am I impressed with the “both sides do it” mantra which seems to be keeping all but the most spittle-flecked of the Clinton haters from speaking up too loudly. After all, the most the GOP can do is scoff at the allegation that the Clintons used a foundation to collect favor-seeking donations from interested parties, both foreign and domestic. Foundations are so 1990’s. The big money comes from tacky rich people like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers. After Citizens United, why bother using a foundation as a shield? You can go out there and sell yourself without all the paperwork.
You would have to be hopelessly naive to think that people who give money to a candidate or a candidate’s PAC or a candidate’s family’s foundation was doing it out of patriotism. The bottom line, so to speak, for every campaign since the dawn of time and elections has been “What’s in it for me?”
So whether it’s Marco Rubio sucking up to some wizened denizen of casinos in Macau or Russians paying Bill Clinton half a million bucks to talk, the amount of money is less important than the fact that we consider it to be newsworthy or concerned that it might be “corrupting the electoral process.” Quick, summon Captain Renault.