The New York Times: When Is a Scandal Really a Scandal?


Lawrence M. Noble, the general counsel at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, said the Clintons had been “somewhat tone deaf” about how their relationship with donors would be perceived. Still, he said the focus on Mrs. Clinton’s meetings as secretary of state is a “distraction” from the real problems with our campaign finance system — a system that the Clintons and other politicians benefit handsomely from.

“The problem is that we’ve developed this culture in part thanks to the Supreme Court that seems to sanction the idea that donors will get special access,” he said. “As long as we see this potential influence, we’re not going to trust it, because it’s human nature that one is influenced by those who are trying to help them.”