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The Wrong Candidate to Reform Big-Money Politics

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In the rocky roll-out of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has listed four goals for her presidency: expanding opportunity for the middle class, strengthening families and communities, confronting foreign threats, and somehow breaking the connection between money and politics. “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all,” she promises, “even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” This last announced goal represents a cynical bid to deflect attention from the big money that Hillary herself has pocketed by exploiting her power and prominence; the Clintons have accumulated at least $140 million since leaving the White House. And speaking of “unaccountable money,” the Clinton foundation recently acknowledged more than $2 million dollars of unreported foreign donations, as Hillary faces serious conflict-of-interest charges. When it comes to the issue of money’s corrupting role in politics, it would be hard to imagine a less suitable crusader for reform.

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