BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re sick of hearing about politicians and their conflicts of interest, I have some bad news for you – you’d better get used to it.
That’s because both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would come into office with a ton of conflict-of-interest baggage. After years of scrutiny and calls for greater separation between the Clintons and the charitable foundation that solicits donations in their name, there is finally a plan to shrink the foundation should she win the presidency and stop taking donations from foreign government and corporate interests. However, the candidate herself still won’t acknowledge the appearance of conflict in many of the foundation’s past associations.
And what about Trump?
He has said little on about how he would prevent conflicts between his presidential decisions and his business interests, other than to rule out placing his holdings in a blind trust as many past presidents have done. Trump says he’ll turn his company over to his children, but that won’t solve anything. Keep in mind, there is no law preventing him from using his power to line the family’s pockets.
There’s a reason why these two people are the least-trusted presidential nominees in modern history. They seem to share the view that ethical standards and expectations of transparency don’t apply to them.
At least Clinton has released her tax returns. But if she thinks that gives her a huge edge over him in voter trust and esteem, I have some bad news for her; it seems to me that in this aspect of the campaign, it’s a close race for last place.