Friday, April 4, 2008

Could Mark Penn Be Any Sleazier?

As I've made clear in previous posts, I favor the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. But what the WSJ reports today is really obscene. Clinton's top advisor, Mark Penn, is CEO of the lobbying firm hired by the Colombian government to push for passage of the accord. Penn's roles as lobbyist and campaign advisor are so indistinguishable that when the Colombian ambassador met with Penn on Monday to talk about the agreement, the ambassador didn't know whether Penn was representing the campaign or the lobbying firm.

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