Connections

Was It a Clinton Tit for Tat?

Coincidence? Or what? Around the same time in November 2004 that Hillary Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for Robert J. Congel’s mall development in Syracuse in upstate New York, he gave $100,000 to husband Bill Clinton’s foundation. “There was no connection with Bill Clinton and the ‘green bonds’ and the contribution,” Congel insists in an interview. “None at all.” Still, The New York Times is asking whether there was a more sinister link. “Mr. Congel’s…contribution is the only known situation so far in which an American donor gave a large sum to Mr. Clinton’s foundation while benefiting from his wife’s official actions,” reports Charlie Savage, who notes, “There is no law requiring former presidents to disclose money they collect for their foundations.” It is a coincidence that may be raised during Hillary’s Senate hearings on her suitability to become secretary of state.