After at least a year of hounding and wrangling looking for a scandal to run the headlines nothing is being said about a devious “play for pay” scandal. We have heard all of the innuendos and insinuations that there was certainly a pay for play scandal at a foundation.
Sean Hannity has just about made a living off of crying about this scandal. Bill O’Reilly has been hounding everyone about how this must be a scandal. Ann Coulter has made it a daily outburst in every interview she has given in the last year or so.
Even the so-called “liberal” media have been talking about no smoking gun but then saying “the optics are bad”. Still, I checked all of the news outlets this morning for the raging headline about play for pay being real. I found nothing.
Then it hit me. I must be crazy to think that it would hit the headlines. I must actually be believing that the media is really neutral in this election. That they are not just trying to keep it close so they have something to “report” on.
The lack of this scandal screaming at us from every headline and from every news broadcast shows us the coverage of this election is anything but “fair and balanced”.
The reason we aren’t being bombarded with these headlines is because this “play for pay” scandal isn’t about the Clinton Foundation or the Clinton Global Initiative. It is about the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
In case you haven’t heard, here is a little background. First there was Greg Abbott the Attorney General of Texas. Many people in his state were complaining about being ripped off by Trump U. and demanded an investigation into fraudulent behavior by the organization. Abbott was looking into that fraudulent behavior and was giving consideration of joining a lawsuit being brought by other states.
Then Donald J. Trump swept in and gave a political donation to Abbott’s campaign knowing he was going to run for governor. He suddenly came to the realization that there was no need to join the lawsuit. He decided that he only received a few complaints about Trump U, and it wasn’t worth his while in joining the suit for his constituents.
Second was Pam Bondi the Attorney General for the state of Florida. She was also considering joining this lawsuit against Trump U. This time the Donald J. Trump foundation swept in to save the day. The foundation gave $25,000 to one of the groups supporting Bondi in her reelection. She suddenly had a change of heart in the Trump U. lawsuit also. She decided it wasn’t in the best interest of Floridians who were ripped off by Trump U. to pursue the lawsuit.
It also turns out that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is prohibited from giving “political contributions” to anyone. The Foundation is a non-profit and is prohibited by federal law from using any money for political contributions.
The Foundation was fined $2,500 by the FEC. That is the usual amount fined, 10 percent of the contribution. Trump’s campaign said it was a mistake and that Donald Trump repaid his own foundation the money.
They further “explained” that all of the checks for the Foundation and the candidate himself are cut by one entity. They assumed the donation was going to another non-profit and cut the check from the wrong account.
Campaign staffers for Trump keep saying the two stories are not the same. They are right. Trump actually paid to keep state attorney generals from investigating his business. There is no proof that Clinton paid or gave special treatment to anyone.
When one reporter had the audacity to question Trump yesterday about the donation and the “play for pay” argument, he fluffed it off as nothing. He said he has known Bondi for years and he just likes her enough to donate to her campaign.
End of questioning. No headlines. No follow-up stories. Not “outrage” about “play for pay” on his end. Even if Donald Trump is telling the truth, which is doubtful at best, where is the “but the optics don’t look good” with this story?
I am starting to think that Trump may be right. The media coverage of this campaign is slanted. Only, from this lack of follow-ups and coverage of this obvious “play for pay” scandal, it is slanted in his favor, not Clinton’s.
If you think I am kidding, just think of what the headlines would be saying if the name on the Foundation was Clinton and not Trump. We have heard a lot about transparency this election. Clinton’s actions are out front for all to see. When the FBI released their notes to Congress, Clinton said release them to the public.
They did and nobody has found anything inappropriate in them. Trump on the other hand gets caught red-handed in a “play for pay” scandal and the crickets are chirping instead of screaming. Clinton has released over 10 years of tax returns. Trump won’t release any tax returns. He claims the people don’t care, he is wrong.
If you want to make this election about transparency and truth, then you need to ask about the lack of transparency and truth from Trump not Clinton. I believe he is hiding something very damning about his business practices. Otherwise, his tax returns would be public right now. And, the media is letting him get away with it.
In my mind, there is one candidate we cannot trust. There is one candidate who is being too secretive. Without proper media scrutiny we will continue to have a secretive candidate. But then, if you allow a candidate to keep saying “believe me” without any proof, that is what you get.
These two incidents proves there really is a “play for pay” scandal by one of the candidates. Only it is Trump doing the paying. It is time for the truth to be exposed.