October 26, 2015

Report: Clinton’s Lincoln Bedroom Guests Now Writing Checks For 2016

A new report from the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) shows that Clinton guests that overnighted at the White House in the 1990s—known as “Fat Cats” from a 1996 report on the scandal—are still writing checks for Hillary Clinton.

The Clintons were caught in a scandal in the 1990s in which donors stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom in exchange for political donations. A Democratic National Committee memo shows President Clinton personally signing off on the scheme.

This new report from CPI shows those donors are still giving to the Clintons:

Of the 66 original “Fat Cats” still living, 34 have donated a total of $1.15 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign or the super PACs supporting her since January 2013. With more than a year before the general election, the number of supporters and their donations may rise.

During Clinton’s first term, 938 guests had stayed overnight at the White House. That number dwarfed the 284 who stayed during the previous administration. Another 404 guests stayed at the White House and Camp David after Hillary Clinton began campaigning for Senate in 1999.

Previous overnight guests are eagerly looking forward to returning to the White House, should Clinton win in 2016:

“Last time I stayed in the Queen’s Bedroom, so I need to be upgraded to the Lincoln Bedroom,” said former Florida state Rep. Dick Batchelor, who orchestrated the first Florida fundraiser for Bill Clinton in 1991.

“I have no idea whether that would take place or not, but anybody who says they don’t want to visit the White House and spend the night is probably not telling the truth. If I had an opportunity to go back, I would absolutely go back,” he added. “I need to return the towels.”

It seems no matter how outrageous the scandal, the Clinton’s just can’t help themselves when it comes to money in politics.