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Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Disavow Sweatshop Cash?

Although Democrats claim to represent progressives and progressive interests, they’ve got other ties as well. Consider Hillary Clinton, who has received multiple campaign contributions from the Tan family of the Northern Marianas Islands. The Tan family is well-known for running garment factories with sweatshop working conditions and low levels of pay. Even though Hillary Clinton has been informed of the sweatshop labor problems of the Tans, she refuses to return their campaign contributions. The money Clinton received from the Tans is soaked in sweat and belongs with the hard-working people she claims to care about. Here’s a case in which the desire to win has trumped progressive ethical standards. Watch what Clinton does, not just what she says. (Sources: The Hill, March 16 2006, Dengre of Daily Kos at

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