Skip to comments.Hillary backed lab of donor (earmark for embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist James Watson)
Posted on 10/30/2007 4:24:08 AM PDT by Libloather
Hillary backed lab of donor
By Jim McElhatton
October 30, 2007
Lawmakers, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have taken thousands in campaign cash from an embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist while earmarking federal money for his New York lab.
Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, also a New York Democrat, requested a $900,000 earmark in June for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where James D. Watson served as chancellor before resigning last week after apologizing for comments that suggested that people descending from Africa aren't as intelligent as those from Europe.
Federal campaign filings show that Mr. Watson has donated more than $70,000 to candidates and their political causes, including a total of $3,000 to Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign on May 17 and June 25. Two days later, a Senate committee report showed that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Schumer earmarked $900,000 for the lab.
The majority of Mr. Watson's donations over the years have gone to Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, who has received more than $30,000 from the scientist, records show. Mr. Harkin is chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health, human services and education.
Phillippe Reines, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, yesterday referred all questions about the earmark to Mr. Harkin's office but added that there was no connection between political donations and the earmark.
"One thing had nothing to do with the other," he said.
Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign has returned nearly $1.3 million to hundreds of donors since July 1, including more than $800,000 tied to disgraced one-time fugitive Norman Hsu. The total figure is more than triple the returned donations for the rest of the Democratic field combined.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Harkin yesterday said the earmark is not likely to move ahead, partly because of the furor over Mr. Watson.
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It never does.
James Watson retired from his New York lab after suggesting that Africans are not as intelligent as Westerners.
As much as I hate H KKKlinton, this is a cheap shot.
It’s interesting that such a high proportion of NIH-funded scientists support the democrats. If Hillary and company were to get their way and socialize medicine the huge amount of money it would cost would most definitely hurt the NIH budget in a big way. Socialized medicine would also create big disincentives for biotech and pharma and this would boomerang back and hurt those scientists who get industry sponsored grants as well. Still, people like Watson support the democrats because they think it is the ‘progressive’ party. Go figure.
“Its interesting that such a high proportion of NIH-funded scientists support the democrats. If Hillary and company were to get their way and socialize medicine the huge amount of money it would cost would most definitely hurt the NIH budget in a big way. Socialized medicine would also create big disincentives for biotech and pharma and this would boomerang back and hurt those scientists who get industry sponsored grants as well. Still, people like Watson support the democrats because they think it is the progressive party. Go figure.”
Not the point. They would get their piece of the pie which is all that matters. The liberal elite couldn’t care any less about “the people.” All they care about is how big their yacht is or how many homes they have.
Won’t see this on the nightly news...
There is nothing wrong with taking a cheap shot at the Left. Unfortunately, we must use their own tactics against them sometimes.
Political insiders will always have it better. All animals are equal under socialism. Some are more equal than others.
“Political insiders will always have it better”
I agree, entirely. I can’t stand socialism.
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Posted on 10/17/2007 4:36:52 AM EDT by TigerLikesRooster
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