The departure of Mark Penn from his central role in the Clinton campaign revolved around the question of “transparency”, or as the Times put it, “his private business arrangements again clashed with her campaign positions.” He would be by Hillary’s side today if someone from the Columbian Embassy hadn’t ratted him out. But there is a far greater issue of transparency with someone much closer to Mrs. Clinton–her husband. In 2005 and 2006 the William J. Clinton Foundation received donations of $216 million, the bulk of it from only 18 donors.
But what we don’t know is how much of the Clinton Foundation money came from government or private investors eager to curry favor with what was presumed to be the heir apparent to the U.S. Presidency. Since the foundation haul has been growing at a rate of 70% per year, the assumption is that 2007 was a record setting year. But unlike the foundations of the “vast right wing conspiracy” like Heritage, the Clinton Foundation publishes no annual report listing its donors. Until Bill and Hillary agree to publish that information, any attempts to pretend that they have dealt with the problem of “private interests clashing with campaign positions” is fraudulent.