Saturday, March 01, 2008

Items of Interest

-- It seems NBC has found a Clinton donor which she should be ashamed of yet perversely insists on retaining the $170k donation because "because none of the sexual harassment allegations has been proven in court."

Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates, or IPA, of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including "sexual assaults,” “degrading anti-female language" and "obscene suggestions."

In a 2001 lawsuit full of lurid details, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that 103 women employees at IPA were victimized for years. The civil case is ongoing, and IPA vigorously denies the allegations.

"This is by far, hands down, the worst case I've ever experienced," said Diane Smason, one of the EEOC lawyers handling the lawsuit. "Every woman there experienced sex harassment, they were part of a hostile work environment of sex harassment. And this occurred from the top down."

More details here. H/T to Ben Smith/Politico

-- The National Journal Hotline discusses Hillary's tax returns or rather the lack of them and includes the highly informative letter sent out by the Obama campaign on what's customary for release of tax returns.

-- Chris Crain makes a good point about denouncing and rejecting a supporter's views vs. denouncing and rejecting a supporter.


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