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…
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.
The third is John Deutch, the Clinton CIA Director who was accused of mishandling government secrets. ABC’s phrasing on this is worth repeating.
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.
We never learned, and never will learn, the true extent of Deutch’s actions. Just like Sandy Berger, who is one of Hillary’s national security advisors.
Read the whole story. ABC does a good job of reminding readers about the controversial January 2001 pardons and shenanigans that the Clintons conducted on their way out of power, even mentioning Hillary’s brother’s involvement.
Hillary’s accepting these donations isn’t illegal. But it sure looks like a payback, and taken together with the massive and corrupt bundling that Norman Hsu did on Hillary’s campaign’s behalf, her campaign looks like it’s the most corrupt of the lot by a long shot.