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Hillary's 2008 Criticism of Obama 'Comparable' to Clinton Foundation

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 12:34 PM

Campaign finance analysts are pointing to glaring similarities between Hillary Clinton's 2008 criticism of Barack Obama for being swayed by his financial backers and the firestorm she's facing for her ties to Clinton Foundation donors.

"I would say they are comparable," lawyer Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance watchdog group, tells The Washington Times.

"I think it speaks to the larger culture of politics in Washington, D.C., where those with the deepest pockets are afforded the greatest access," he said, referring to contributions to political campaigns or super PACs.

"But in this instance, we have the Clinton Foundation, and I think this does show that money not only buys access in the context of a campaign, but also through contributions to groups that are not related to elections but otherwise associated with the candidate, like the Clinton Foundation," he tells the Times.

When Clinton ran against then-Illinois Sen. Obama in the Democratic presidential primary, she called for more transparency of his relationship with fundraiser Tony Rezko, who was convicted of charges tied to a kickback scheme involving disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Times noted.

In a campaign ad at the time, it was implied that Obama was swayed by donations from the oil industry, the Times reports.

Charlie Spies, a lawyer who has served as counsel for the Republican National Committee, said Clinton's situation is "much worse."

"The Clinton Foundation isn't a campaign that has legal restrictions on being personally used," he tells the Times. "Instead, it's the operation that funds the Clinton lifestyle and all their hangers-on. It is much worse."

"If you look at the politicians who go to jail who are getting convicted of crimes, it's almost always because they or their families are personally benefiting from political money."

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon counters, however, similar questions weren't raised or attacks launched against former President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation, or against 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, whose wife, Elizabeth, ran the American Red Cross.

"And rightfully so, because [these] are charitable organizations that are doing important work, and the idea that they would be dragged into a political back-and-forth and used as weapons for attacks is completely absurd and beyond the pale," Fallon tells MSNBC, the Times reports.

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Campaign finance analysts are pointing to glaring similarities between Hillary Clinton's 2008 criticism of Barack Obama for being swayed by his financial backers and the firestorm she's facing for her ties to Clinton Foundation donors.
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