Call grows to do presidential library gifts by the book
Todd J. Gillman
The Dallas Morning News
February 28, 2007
WASHINGTON – Congress turned its sights Wednesday on a loophole that has let presidents quietly raise millions from corporations and foreign governments, as a House committee moved toward mandatory disclosure of gifts to presidential libraries.
Critics of Southern Methodist University’s effort to land President Bush’s library have raised concerns about the lack of such a reporting requirement. And government ethics watchdogs had long worried about the ulterior motives – from pardons to federal contracts – behind some of the donations used to erect research centers and museums for former chief executives.