Bill Reaped $100K From Bizman Aided by Hillary

No quid-pro-quo, say both sides
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2009 9:28 AM CST
Sen. Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton dance at the start of the new year in Times Square, New York, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – A New York developer donated $100,000 to Bill Clinton’s foundation about the same time Sen. Hillary Clinton pushed for millions in federal assistance that helped the developer, the New York Times reports. Robert J. Congel was building a mall that Clinton supported “purely as part of her unwavering commitment to improving upstate New York’s struggling economy,” insisted a representative for the senator.

Both Congel and Clinton deny any quid-pro-quo. Only a few other projects qualified under the legislation Clinton backed in 2004, which offered financial perks for greener businesses. Thus far, Congel is the only American who has donated to the Clinton foundation and benefited from Hillary’s work. Congel has also been a major Republican donor.