Clinton aide works for Blackwater

Senator Hillary Clinton’s top consultant in her campaign for President is also head of the giant public relations company that helped Blackwater USA CEO Erik Prince prepare his lies-filled testimony to Congress this week.

Mark Penn, in addition to advising Clinton in her bid to become President, is the President and CEO of Burson-Marsteller, the giant worldwide public relations firm that helps companies in trouble with the law. Burson-Marsteller worked for Prince in preparing rationalizations for the murder of 17 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater mercenaries in a massacre in Iraq.

Prince’s testimony before Congress this week has been largely discredited by reports prepared for both Congress and the Pentagon.

Clinton rival John Edwards calls Penn’s involvement with Blackwater just the kind of “cronyism” that has marked the scandal-plagued Presidency of George W. Bush.

“Bush has been a perfect example of cronyism because Blackwater has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans and to President Bush,” Edwards says. “I also saw this morning that Sen. Clinton’s primary adviser, Mark Penn, who is like her Karl Rove — his firm is representing Blackwater.”

Senator Clinton appears to be following in the footsteps of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who often used advisors with strong ties to corporate interests while claiming independence from special interest groups.

Neither Clinton nor Penn would return phone calls seeking comment but Burson Marsteller spokesman Paul Cordasco issued a prepared statement admitting Burson “helped Blackwater prepare for their recent hearing before Congress” but added “With the hearing over, BKSH’s temporary engagement has ended.”

Congressional sources, however, say Burson has long worked for Blackwater and the company is still registered in Washington as a lobbyist for the firm.

Edwards says Clinton’s use of corporate flaks like Penn proves she is no different than Bush.

“We don’t want to replace a group of corporate Republicans with a group of corporate Democrats. I think it is important for caucus-goers to see this choice,” he says.

Comments

  1. Sandra Price

    Surge this. I think you may be right. Here’s another take on this Hillary election. The Orange County Register thinks we need Hillary in the White House to prove once and for all that an overpowering government is not what America needs. Ron Paul is the only GOP Candidate running on a limited government and will fail until America learns that the citizens run the nation not the One World Order of Bush/Clinton/Bush.

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Find-Freedom.htm?At=024857&From=News

  2. surgethis

    THE REAL TRUTH IS …

    The global elite have already decided that Hillary is to be the next president. She represents more of the same and will continue their agenda of world government run by them including resource wars, spying on Americans without cause, and the destruction of our constitution.

    None of the Republican candidates are real except for Ron Paul. The entire stable of Republicans are nothing more than a dog and pony show as a pretense that there is an opposing party. Which there is not.

    The Bush administration is already preparing for the return of the Clinton’s which was the deal they made with the elite when Bill was impeached and the 2000 election was rigged.

    In fact there are no real elections. It’s all fake. There is no counting of the real vote. Whatever the outcomes they never make it past the gate keepers (media). The news media which is part of the elite and is invested in the one world agenda is lying to us. The elections are a fraud. Doesn’t matter if it’s paper or electronic touch screen.

    Whoever the global elite want in that position is the person who is in. We had better wake up as it is very near the end of this democracy. We have all been duped and used. Our lives are on the line. Their plans include our deaths … as we have seen already they have killed many of us already.

    They are laughing at us. Cheney has bought property in Dubai where he will escape once they are out of office. No doubt Ken Lay is already there enjoying the spoils of ducking his imprisonment by faking his death.

  3. Warren

    Defending Hillary. That’s something I never thought I’d be in the position of doing. But here goes.

    Every major candidate out there employs advertising and public relations agencies and consultants that come with them. Any agency big enough to service a nationwide campaign has at least hundreds of other clients. Wise politicians vet those agencies before they contract with them to make sure that they don’t have any other highly visible clients that might bring political embarrassment by association. No PR or Ad agency is going to be 100% free of potentially troubled clients. And there’s no way to tell how or when one of those other clients might get into some bad public embarrassment.

    Hillary could dump Burson-Marsteller, but who’s to say that some client of the next agency she hires won’t step in sh*t the next day?

    In my opinion the most constructive thing Hillary could do is to publically give notice to Burson-Marsteller that she’s watching them, and if they misrepresent Blackwater to the American people in any way she will very publically fire them. That might be enough leverage to keep the Blackwater spin somewhat more honest.

  4. Helen Rainier

    I am increasingly disappointed and disillusioned with the democratic potentials. I would not vote for any of the republicans — there over-reliance on “religious” issues and beliefs is too frightening for me.

    At one point, I was considering voting for Hillary to bring Bill back into the forefront since he has done a lot on the world stage since leaving the presidency.

    At this point, though, I may write in a presidential candidate and cast all my other federal and state ballots to the democratic side.

    I will NEVER vote for any Republican again in my life, though — that is a given.