Bill’s Scads of Donations May Backfire on Hill

Ex-prez's blistering fundraising might raise eyebrows as first gent
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2007 12:26 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. and her husband former president Bill Clinton stop to talk about steer during a campaign stop at the Hokinton Fair in Contoocook,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former President Clinton rakes in cash for his foundation, while a future President Clinton would have to deal with the appearance of influence-buying. Bill’s foundation isn’t required to divulge donors, and there's no apparent limit on a first spouse’s fundraising, but Salon reports many Clinton Foundation givers among Hillary’s elite—and says suspicions of impropriety are inevitable.

Gateway's founder and Jon Corzine are among those who lavish money on both Clintons. While the ex-prez will keep raising money if he moves back into the White House, he said “greater disclosure” might be appropriate. Experts estimate most of Bill’s money stays in his own court, but Salon is suspicious about kickbacks: “In his version of giving, everybody wins.”