Surprise!… Lawsuit Ties Clintons to Shady Marketing Firm
Another day, another Clinton stinker.
Bill, Hill and Vinod Gupta.
This family picture was taken before Vinod Gupta‘s firm InfoUSA bought Opinion Research Corporation a marketing firm which conducts polling with CNN. (Theodore’s World)
A longtime Clinton benefactor used corporate jets to fly the former president and Hillary Rodham Clinton on business, personal and campaign trips that a lawsuit brands as wasteful company spending.
The supporter, Vinod Gupta, also secured contracts worth more than $3 million for Bill Clinton to provide consulting services to Gupta’s Nebraska-based company, infoUSA, from 2003 through 2008, according to the suit.
Since 2002, Gupta spent $900,000 flying the former president to international locations on presidential foundation business and flying Hillary Clinton, a Democratic senator from New York, to political events.
The suit, filed by infoUSA shareholders last year, claims those expenses as well as millions of others unrelated to the Clintons were a “serial misuse of corporate assets and resources.” The Clintons are not a party to the suit.
Details of the suit were first reported in February by The Deal, a business publication. Accounts also appeared in Saturday’s New York Times and Washington Post.
The suit names only a “former high-ranking official” and his wife. But campaign aides and company officials confirmed for the publications that the reference is to the Clintons.
Bill and Vinod (Theodore’s World)
Vinod Gupta also is a big democratic donor which has its perks, especially when there is a Clinton in the White House:
The suit offers a glimpse into the personal and political relationships between the Clintons and a contributor who was willing to spend more than $145,000 to fly himself and the Clintons to Acapulco, Mexico, on a vacation in 2002.
Gupta has been a major donor to Democrats over the years and especially prominent as a Clinton fundraiser. He was rewarded with a night in the White House’s Lincoln bedroom during Clinton’s presidency. He also donated at least $1 million to Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock., Ark.
But, that is not all… Here is the last paragraph of the AP article:
The company has come under scrutiny not only for Gupta’s spending habits. The Times reported last week that customer data sold by the company had been used by thieves to bilk older people. The company said it would take steps to assure such a sale would not occur again.
Dick Morris wrote much more about this ugly firm and its even uglier practices earlier this week:
According to the The New York Times, InfoUSA compiled and sold lists that disclosed the names of elderly men and women who would be likely to respond to unscrupulous scams. The lists left no doubt about the vulnerability of the elderly targets. The Times reported, for example, that InfoUSA advertised lists of “Elderly Opportunity Seekers,” 3.3 million older people “looking for ways to make money,” and “Suffering Seniors,” 4.7 million people with cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. “Oldies but Goodies” contained 500,000 gamblers over 55 years old, for 8.5 cents apiece. One list said: “These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change.”
InfoUSA sold lists to companies that were under investigation or closed down by courts because of their criminal activity. The company’s internal emails show that employees were aware that the investigation for elderly fraud involved their customers, but sold the lists anyway.
Dick Morris also lists the extensive links between the Clintons and Gupta- It’s long.
It makes you want to take a shower already.
BizzyBlog has more detail on the scandal.
(The included photos were posted on Gupta’s website last year. They have since been removed.)