Disclose library gifts
March 10, 2007
A BIPARTISAN group in Congress is on the mark with legislation to require full public disclosure of donations to presidential libraries, like the $200 million-plus Taj Mahal planned by George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University down in Dallas.
No requirement now exists for such disclosure, leaving open the potential for all sorts of influence peddling, including incipient bribery, involving sitting or retired presidents.
Although the bill has a better chance of passage now that Democrats control Congress, the concern over who may be giving big bucks to benefit current or ex-chief executives is not new and is shared by members of both parties.