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It’s not just union-busting, it’s foreign policy, too!

According to Justice Department filings, Colombia agreed this month to pay $300,000 to public relations firm Burson-Marsteller – whose president, Mark Penn, is a senior advisor to Sen. Clinton – to help “educate members of the U.S. Congress and other audiences” about the trade deal and secure continued U.S. funding for the $5 billion anti-narcotics program Plan Colombia.

The filings also show that last month Uribe’s government put The Glover Park Group, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm that includes former Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart, on a $40,000 a month retainer.

Of course, hiring Clintonites to do the Plan Colombia lobbying is natural since it was a Clinton Administration initiative in the first plan. It’s also been a disastrous failure. It would be nice for a new Democratic administration to revisit things, but it looks clear that Hillary Clinton won’t be the person to do that.

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