Top Clinton Donor Helps Defraud Elderly
MAY 25, 2007
The mainstream media coverage of a company being federally investigated for selling databases of sick and unsuspecting elderly to scam artists conveniently fails to mention that the firm’s owner has given Bill and Hillary Clinton millions of dollars over the years.
The wealthy Nebraska entrepreneur, Vinod Gupta, owns the Omaha-based marketing database company called infoUSA Inc. which happens to be one of the nation’s largest compilers of consumer information that is later sold to marketing firms. InfoUSA is being investigated for selling personal information to criminal firms that swindled senior citizens, many of them war veterans with Alzheimer’s disease.
The firm advertised lists of “Elderly Opportunity Seekers,” 3.3 million older people “looking for ways to make money,” and “Suffering Seniors,” 4.7 million people with cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. “Oldies but Goodies” contained 500,000 gamblers over 55 years old, for 8.5 cents apiece. One list said: “These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change.”
The corrupt businesses that bought the information plied on lonely people with repeated phone calls and eventually tricked many of them into revealing banking information to later raid their savings accounts.
As horrible as this may seem to most people, it has not stopped Bill and Hillary Clinton from accepting hefty donations from InfoUSA’s owner or the former commander-in-chief from taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company for speeches and “non-employee compensation.”
Indeed the Clintons have a close and financially lucrative relationship with Gupta, who has been one of the couple’s most generous benefactors. Gupta donated $2 million to Hillary’s millennium celebration and $1 million to Bill’s presidential library in Little Rock Arkansas. In 2000, he gave Hillary $100,000 to kick start her senate campaign and he hosted a fundraiser at his house.
Evidently, the Clintons are not bothered that their close friend with deep pockets is making his money off of ailing, extremely vulnerable old people.
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