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In the Senate, for instance, Clinton struck up a relationship with Corning – an upstate glass and high-tech product manufacturer. The Post reports that while Clinton helped steer money to Corning through legislation and federal grants, Clinton’s efforts did not reverse the economic decline of Steuben County, where Corning is based. Meanwhile, employees of the company have donated to Clinton’s campaign; the company paid $225,500 for her to speak in 2014; the chief executive co-hosted a 2015 fundraiser for her; and the company has given over $100,000 to the Foundation, the Post reported.
Clinton also cited her role in creating an “eBay university” to train budding entrepeneurs to sell products on eBay. The relationship with the company followed a similar pattern – then-CEO John Donahoe hosted a 2015 fundraiser for Clinton; eBay paid $315,000 for a 20-minute Clinton speech in 2015; and eBay’s charitable wing gave more than $50,000 to the Foundation.
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: mobiusmale
Look, I'm not trying to defend Hillary Clinton, but I would like a little context. Does anyone know what is the standard pay for famous people who speak or perform at events? For example, the RNC offered to pay Justin Bieber 6 million for a 20 minute performance at their convention. Is that evidence of some sort of attempted corruption?
Also, are there any statistics on senators representing the business interests of their constituents, through legislation and federal grants, like Senator Clinton did with Corning? It seems pretty common practice to me, across the board.
As far as I know Justin Bieber is not in a position to trade favours with the RNC, in return for payment for a singing performance...so, no that would not be evidence of attempted corruption.
Does anyone know what is the standard pay for famous people who speak or perform at events?
Donald Trump - $1.5M
TV host Donald Trump. “The Donald earned a staggering $1.5 million per speech at The Learning Annex’s ‘real estate wealth expos’ in 2006 and 2007,” according to Forbes. “Trump appeared at 17 seminars and collected this fee for each one.”
For members of the SES under a certified SES performance appraisal system, the maximum annual salary will increase to $185,100
At the lowest end of the SES pay spectrum, ... to $123,175 in 2016.
The top GS category – GS-15, Step 10 – will increase to an annual base salary of $133,444 in 2016
Right out in the open...two obvious examples of corruption. How many (dozens) more instances like these two exist?
President Bill Clinton was criticized for some of his pardons and acts of executive clemency. Pardoning or commuting sentences is a power granted by the U.S. Constitution to all sitting United States Presidents.
While most presidents grant pardons throughout their terms, Clinton chose to make nearly a third of them on January 20, 2001, his last day in office.
Federal prosecutor Mary Jo White was appointed to investigate the pardon of Marc Rich. She was later replaced by then-Republican James Comey, who found no illegality on Clinton's part.
Edgar and Vonna Jo Gregory pardons
In March 2000, Bill Clinton pardoned Edgar and Vonna Jo Gregory, owners of the carnival company United Shows International, for charges of bank fraud from a 1982 conviction. Although the couple had already been released from prison, the prior conviction prevented them from doing business in certain American states. First Lady Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, Tony Rodham, was an acquaintance of the Gregorys, and had lobbied Clinton on their behalf. In October 2006, the group Judicial Watch filed a request with the U.S. Justice Department for an investigation, alleging that Rodham had received $107,000 from the Gregorys for the pardons in the form of loans that were never repaid, as part of a quid pro quo scheme.