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February 16, 2007

Hillary Buys Black Vote in South Carolina

U.S. Presidential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) looks at a model of the U.S. Capitol Building that was presented to her as an award during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton Buying Black Vote for $200,000

The press reported on Tuesday that Sen. Hillary Clinton had scored a coup in the presidential race by winning the endorsement of a key black political leader in South Carolina, state Sen. Darrell Jackson.

Now it has come to light that just days earlier, Clinton’s campaign reached a deal to pay Jackson’s consulting firm $10,000 a month through the 2008 elections – a deal worth more than $200,000.

"Jackson had also been in talks with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign about endorsing him and entering into a consulting contract for more than $5,000, sources said – raising questions about whether Jackson’s endorsement was bought by a higher bidder,” the New York Post reported.

Jackson – who is also the minister of a large church in the state capital, Columbia – acknowledged that he should have revealed his financial dealings with the Clinton campaign when he and fellow state Sen. Robert Ford, who is also African-American, endorsed Clinton.

But he told the Post: "It’s not about the money – there were some other candidates who offered to double Clinton’s offer,” Jackson told the Post, although he declined to name them.

Support from black voters is key in South Carolina, where 49 percent of the Democratic presidential primary vote came from blacks in 2004. The state will host the first Southern primaries for both the Democrats and the GOP in 2008.

Wild Thing's comment.......

A shoping we will go, a shopping we will go, hi ho the derry-o a shopping we will go. Whoulda thunk it?

Posted by Wild Thing at February 16, 2007 12:44 AM


Why is it okay for the dummycrats to do this but not the republicans?
I don't base my vote on how much money they spend, but how well I think they'll do the job.
It's a job interview and I'm doing the interviewing.

Posted by: Lynn at February 16, 2007 04:37 AM

Exactly, amazing isn't it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 16, 2007 10:35 AM

Behold the Pale Aunt Jemima,yaza,yaza,yaza!!!

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at February 16, 2007 11:33 AM

Bwahahaha, this is a shining example of their separation of church and state hypocrisy. If it were a Republican dealing with, say a Rev. Falwell, the media would be all over this as pandering to the religious right.

Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents ... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
--Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: Jack at February 16, 2007 11:54 AM

This is far from new. Black clergy have always sold the vote. Sometimes it is really cheap, far less expensive than actually going there and campaigning.

A number of Black people have told me how much they like Hillary, want her for Prez. I think if Obama had not surfaced, Hillary may have had the Black vote pretty well locked up in the Dem Primary. Now she has to buy it.

Posted by: TomR at February 16, 2007 12:49 PM

I actually am enjoying this election time--my oldest child will get to vote for the first time in 2008 and it is giving us time together to discuss the issues and helping her to form her own opinions on what she likes and dislikes in all the candidates. While I have always attempted to make sure her father and I show her the ways of voting and why it's so important, this time it's doubly important.
Hitlery and her cronies and some of the republicans are making me laugh. At least it's funny at times.
So far, she's a conservative. I think that means I'm doing something right.

Posted by: Lynn at February 16, 2007 07:51 PM

Tincan Sailor, it just amazes me how they don't mind her comments in the past about blacks. They should be outraged, but they just keep letting us know what their price is for selling their soul to the devil.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 17, 2007 12:19 AM

Jack wow... good example and thank you for the quote.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 17, 2007 12:20 AM

Tom, I just don't get why they like Hillary. I guess they just ignore her past hate for them. amazing.
At one of the Paint Shop Pro graphic's groups I belong to online there is a forum there and one of the girls was going on and on about Obama. She said she was going to vote for Hillary but now is set to vote for Obama, and simply because she is black and so is Obama.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 17, 2007 12:23 AM

Lynn, that is wonderful, and love hearing about it. You are such a great parent Lynn and your daughter will remember these times for the rest of her life. My parents did the same thing as you are doing and it has always meant a lot to me that they took that time with me.

It is an honor to know you Lynn.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 17, 2007 12:25 AM

the black vote is not for sale.....

Posted by: katpop at February 18, 2007 11:32 AM