Much is being reported in the news about the Clinton Foundation and access to Hillary when she was Secretary of State. It is, on the surface, a curious relationship. But is it really different than what happens in our Congress all the time?
Let’s think for a moment about a mainstream of our political structure—lobbies and political action groups. Let’s think about how some of the really powerful ones use their money and power to influence our political outcomes. Let’s take for example, the NRA. They are a very powerful organization that spends a lot of money to get their views known to Congress.
In a Pew Research poll in July of 2015, 85% of Americans favor background checks for all firearm sales, including private and gun shows. The poll found 88% of Democrats, and 79% of Republicans, were in favor of these controls in the polls taken in 2013 and 2015. So ask yourself, how come just this year we could not get one gun control measure to pass Congress?
So how come, with clear evidence that the NRA is influencing members of Congress to ignore the will of the people, we have all our energy focusing on the Clinton Foundation? I bet it is because Congress doesn’t get any of that money. Is it that the Clintons are doing wrong, or is it that they do it so well the small timers in Congress are envious?
Contributing money to political campaigns is a long-honored tradition. Giving positions to these contributors has also been accepted. When our governor here in South Carolina, Niki Haley, was first elected, she replaced Darla Moore on the University of South Carolina board— a woman who had contributed over $50 Million dollars directly to the school–with a lawyer who had contributed $3,500 to the governor’s campaign. This was acceptable.
So explain to me why money is contributed to political campaigns? It must be from the goodness of our hearts. I am sure none of these contributors has any political agenda. I am sure the person that contributed large amounts of money to a political cause never expects their phone call to be answered. Again what I think is, the Clintons are really good at what they do, and people get envious and nervous. But, like in sports, in politics the cream always rises to the top. And we don’t always like the best, but you have to tip your hat to them.