Quid pro quo

Bill Clinton cozies up to the dictator of Kazakhstan in order to get a uranium-mining concession for a friend, who turns around and commits $131 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Four more years of Republican control of the White House would mean four more years of crony capitalism and the continued sacrifice of human rights to the commercial interests of major donors. For example, we could expect to find people close to the administration cozying up to thugs such as Nursultan Nazarbayev of Khazakhstan in order to secure mining concessions for major donors.

Oh, wait …

The short version:

Bill Clinton flies to Kazakhstan with a buddy who wants a huge uranium-mining deal.

Clinton says nice things about the local dictator, endorsing his bid to head the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: the same outfit that denounced the most recent Kazakh elections as a sham.

The buddy gets the mining deal.

The buddy gives $131 million to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com