Letters to the Editor

Pett blind to Clinton ethics

Luke 6:42 says, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Joel Pett’s May 20 cartoon portrays Sen. Mitch McConnell as our National Reptile with “$ in Politics” written on the turtle’s shell.

Even a liberal like Pett must admit that when it comes to money in politics, McConnell is a rank amateur compared to the Clintons.

From 2011 to 2016, McConnell raised $30,012,412. That amount, though large, pales in comparison to the $256,406,847 raised by Hillary Clinton since announcing her run for president last April.

In addition, from 2013 to 2015, Clinton was paid $100,000 to $400,000 for a total of $21,442,000 for 91 speeches. Audiences included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank AG.

That does not include the money earned by former President Bill Clinton for speeches to corporations and groups.

Finally, let us not forget the Clinton Foundation, which receives more than $200 million in annual contributions, including more than $1 million each from the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

So when Pett talks about money in politics, he should first take the plank out of his eye. Only then will you see that the Clintons are the true kings of political fund-raising.

Graham Johns