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May 1, 2015, 10:14 pm
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Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced in January to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after he was convicted on eleven counts of public corruption. He was indicted for allegedly taking illegal gifts, up to $177,000, vacations and loans while in office from a businessman named Jonnie Williams. Mrs. McDonnell got a New York shopping trip, a trip to Cape Cod, and more. The governor got a flight to the Final Four, a Rolex watch, golf trips and Williams even contributed $15,000 toward the catering expenses for McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding. But interestingly the prosecutors never proved that McDonnell had taken government action on Williams’ behalf.

McDonnell joins a long list of governors who have gone to prison, of both parties. Illinois has set a record of three governors convicted of felonies since the late1980s. Small potatoes compared to the accusations building up in the case of Clinton Cash.

Quid Pro Quo: something that is given to you or done for you in
return for something you have given to or done for someone else.

From Ron Fournier in the National Journal:

Let’s remember what this story is about. Hillary and Bill Clinton want it to be about a “conservative author” who catalogued their conflicts of interest. They want it to be about The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and any other media outlets who dare to question the couple’s integrity. They want it to be about “Republican overreach.”

The media mostly wants it to be about Election Day 2016. We commission polls and hire pundits to parse the winners and losers of each news cycle. We shrug:”Real voters don’t care about this story.” As if it’s not our job to help them understand why these scandals matter.

Hillary Clinton seized all emails pertaining to her job as secretary of State and deleted an unknown number of messages from her private server. Her family charity accepted foreign and corporate donations from people doing business with the State Department—people who hoped to curry favor.

She violated government rules designed to protect against corruption and perceptions of corruption that erode the public’s trust in government. She has not apologized. She has not made amends: She withholds the email server and continues to accept foreign donations.

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