What can you buy for $3+ million dollars? In Washington; access. Oh, and the Clintons, with a side order of Nancy Pelosi. At least is sure looks like you can if your name is Vinod “Vin” Gupta.

Vin Gupta, CEO of InfoUSA, has given the Clintons, well, just about everything money can buy because he’s given them enough money to buy it.

Here’s a list of “donations” and “gifts” to the Clinton family over the years:

$1,000,000 to the Clinton Library

$2,000,000 to Hillary’s $16,000,000 Millennium New Year’s Eve Party (what kind of party costs $16,000,000? What the hell did they have, gold leaf toilet paper? Did every attendee get $100,000? The media, naturally, was not invited.)

He raised over $200,000 for Hillary’s Senate campaigns and contributed thousands to the DNC and Democratic House and Senate campaigns.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hillary flies on Vin’s corporate jet for just about everything, including family vacations. Must be nice to get $900,000 in free travel, eh Hillary?

The good Senator’s response when asked about it? “Those were the rules. You’ll have to ask someone else if it’s good policy.”

We volunteer to be the someone else and answer with a resounding “NO!”

See, Gupta isn’t just some old friend of the Clintons, he’s someone who has made a fortune off of providing lists of vulnerable elderly to, let’s just say “shady” characters, many of whom proceed to scam them.

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.”

Good guy to take money from, flights from, and hang around with, right?

But Gupta doesn’t seem content to simply have his sphere of influence be limited to the Clinton family, so he’s diversifying.

InfoUSA has recently hired Paul Pelosi Jr, son of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for $180,000 per year. That fact is not, in and of itself, shady. But when you look at the details, that’s when the light in the corners starts to fade.

See, Pelosi Jr’s main job isn’t working for InfoUSA, it’s his second job, a job he had no experience for when he was hired, a month after his mother took over the speaker’s chair.

On top of being “Senior Vice-President for Strategic Development,” he’s also a home loan officer at Countrywide Home Loans. How he manages to handle two full-time jobs is pretty amazing. But it doesn’t amaze young Paul. In fact, he doesn’t seem to have clue what’s going on.

“It’s interesting, timing-wise,” Pelosi said. “I don’t see it that way, but I could see why you’d ask the question … I guess you always wonder why somebody hires you, right?”

It is interesting, isn’t it?

What could Gupta be after? Not many rich people, with “interesting” business practices, give politicians millions of dollars, hire their children, fly their family around, out of the goodness of their hearts.

Could it be that since the authorities might be sniffing around, and knowing that that day may come, Vin decided he should prepare for all possibilities? It sure worked out well for Marc Rich!

This will be an interesting story to watch develop. Could Gupta have a future President in his pocket? And a Speaker of the House to put they kibosh on any investigation or impeachment movement on the subject?

We’re just asking…

Cross-posted to www.itsfirstfriday.com

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