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Campaign Cash From Criminals

The New York Times recently reported that Hillary has taken $157,000 in campaign contributions from executives at International Profit Associates (I.P.A.), a consulting company.  Normally this wouldn’t be newsworthy, except that I.P.A. is owned by disbarred New York attorney James R. Burgess. Burgess has a criminal record for attempted grand larceny (he was accused of stealing $15,739 from a client) and for patronizing a teenage prostitute.

In addition, his company is entangled in an ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for sexual harassment, in which 113 women were victimized. The Times describes the debauched work environment at I.P.A. as one where "executives had routinely harassed female subordinates with crude comments, groping and demands for sex."

In other words, sort of like the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in the 80’s and the Oval Office, circa 1993-2001. Burgess himself has been accused by a former employee of making lewd comments about her body and "telling her that her future with the company depended on having sex with him." Now, nobody can expect politicians to know every little thing about the people they take money from, but Burgess’s personal legal problems have been well-documented, including stories going back to 1997. Not to mention that the federal government started investigating I.P.A. for sexual harassment during the Clinton administration. One would think that Hillary’s people would be able to figure out the sordid background of the company and its founder before collecting so much money. But her camp says they were unaware of any problems with the company, and that her campaign "will be reviewing" the prostitution/grand larceny/sexual harassment-tainted I.P.A. contributions. Don’t hold your breath on her returning the money, even though it sounds like Burgess and his fellow executives could sure use some help paying their legal bills.

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