Saturday, April 05, 2008

Hillary Clintons' InfoUSA Money Trail The tax return's are in and it gets thicker

I lifted some of this from Dick Morris (most of it...not for profit, political free speech or something) as i am too lazy to re-write it atm and want this in the blogosphere as much and as often as possible. Dick wont mind...
Hillary Clinton was challenged by the press about the Clinton family’s acceptance of more than $900,000 in free private travel from InfoUSA, a company linked to scamming the elderly.

Her reply? She said that she had complied with all Senate ethics rules and reimbursed the company for the amount of a first class air ticket — usually about 1 percent of the cost of the luxurious private jet travel. According to Hillary, “Those were the rules. You’ll have to ask someone else if it’s good policy.”
Bill Clinton was on the payroll of InfoUSA, the Nebraska company that supplied lists of vulnerable elderly people to con artists who then defrauded the unsuspecting victims. Internal e-mails suggest that employees of InfoUSA were aware that some of their clients were under investigation for these revolting predatory practices.
Since 2001, InfoUSA has paid Bill Clinton $3.3 million
InfoUSA CEO, Vin Gupta, has made the InfoUSA corporate jet available for the Clintons to travel in style to Hawaii, Switzerland and Jamaica — at a cost of more that $900,000.
Some of the shareholders of the company agree wholeheartedly with Hillary’s public position about overpaid CEO’s. Here’s what the Senator had to say:
“We need to open up CEO compensation to public scrutiny and public challenge and ensure that boards of directors are independent when determining CEO pay.”
In a lawsuit filed earlier this year, shareholders of InfoUSA claimed that the payments to Bill Clinton and the use of the corporate jet by the Clintons were a “waste” of corporate assets and were not “business related.” InfoUSA actually claims that all of the Clinton trips — even the vacation excursions — were business related.
Hillary Clinton has no words of criticism for the man who contributed at least $1 million to the Clinton Library and $2 million towards her incredible $16 million millenium New Year's Eve party, and hundreds of thousands to her campaigns and the Democratic Party.
The New York Times reported InfoUSA compiled and sold lists of elderly men and women who would be likely to respond to unscrupulous scams. The company advertised lists such as: "Elderly Opportunity Seekers" - 3.3 million older people "looking for ways to make money "Suffering Seniors" - 4.7 million people with cancer or Alzheimer's disease; "Oldies but Goodies" - 500,000 gamblers over age 55. It described one list: "These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change."
Internal e-mails show that InfoUSA employees were aware that they were selling this data to firms under investigation for fraud - but kept on selling the information, even as the scammers used the lists to bilk millions from the elderly.
From the May 27, 2007 NYP,
"Last week, Hillary Clinton sought and obtained an extension of time to file her financial-disclosure statement for the presidential race. This will tell us more than her Senate statements - she's required to list not just the sources of Bill's income but exactly how much they paid him. While Sen. Clinton offered no reason for the postponement, we can't help suspecting that she hopes to conceal InfoUSA's payments to her husband while the company is under fire."

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