Today on the esteemed Instapundit,
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: U.S. Investigates Brothers From Ecuador Who Donated $90,000 to Obama.
The link goes to a NY Times story on Ecuadorian brothers William and Roberto Isaías, who are here legally, having fled Ecuador ten years ago after the government allegedly confiscated media outlets they owned which were critical of the government.
The case recently resurfaced when an NBC station in New York reported that Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, was under federal investigation for helping the Isaias brothers with their immigration problems after their relatives contributed to his campaigns. Several other members of Congress also helped the family by writing letters urging the State Department to resolve bureaucratic delays that kept several of the family members from obtaining residency in the United States.
I posted about the Isaías last January. I pointed out then that
Ricardo Patino, Ecuador’s chancellor, has said he thinks campaign donations to American politicians have helped the brothers stay in the country.
Let’s ponder that for a moment: The Correa regime thinks something, so NBC NY runs a story on it?
As it is, the Justice Department says Ecuador’s government has not provided enough evidence to warrant extradition.
So, no, I wouldn’t rush to include the Isaías on a “culture of corruption” post.