JULY 19, 2006
A proven fundraising machine, Hillary Clinton’s massive campaign war chest is the biggest of any of the 2008 presidential candidates and it’s probably because the New York senator is willing to do anything for a hefty contribution not to mention a sound bite.
For the right amount of money, the former First Lady is even willing to sleep with the (political) enemy as she proved during a recent fundraiser hosted by a well-known neoconservative who repeatedly attacks her and a group of his very wealthy, campaign-contributing friends.
Both camps tried to keep it quiet, but conservative billionaire Rupert Murdoch held a fundraiser for the New York senator this week at his News Corp headquarters in midtown. It was a bit bizarre since the media mogul has spent years attacking Clinton, but money can change things. Now, Murdoch appears to be an ally with extremely deep pockets and equally rich buddies that like to dish out big bucks.
Since Clinton didn’t want to make this rather newsworthy event public, her loyal hometown cheerleading squad, the New York Times, limited the rather interesting liberal-conservative cash powwow to a sentence at the bottom of an unrelated story.
Making new friends, albeit out of old enemies, has paid off for Clinton whose latest financial reports show that she has raised $44 million during the election cycle and has $22 million available.
One columnist encourages the media to get a list of those who attended-and thus donated money-Murdoch’s secretive fundraising breakfast. He goes on to say that if elections are open and bribes are legal, we should be able to find out the names of the bribers.
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