<p>Federal campaign filings show that Mr. Watson has donated more than $70,000 to candidates and their political causes, including a total of $3,000 to Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign on May 17 and June 25. Two days later, a Senate committee report showed that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Schumer earmarked $900,000 for the lab.</p></blockquote><p></p>If it weren't for the inappropriate timing, and the scientist's horrid and frequent racist remarks, this might not look so bad. As it stands I think both Schumer and Clinton will quietly end up returning the money.
After the debacle(s) of the Bush presidency it is imperative that the next president demonstrate freedom from moneyed special interests, especially morally questionable ones. Unfortunately this episode endangers this possibility, and adds fuel to John Edwards' "corporate Democrat" argument against the front-runner.