Call grows to do presidential library gifts by the book

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.

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