Already Biden encourages Cronisim to return by restoring slush fund payments to special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power, rather than victims.


This had been banned by President Trump.

Just days in office and President Biden is already moving to end-run good government by ordering the Justice Department to start restoring an Obama-era practice that funds liberal groups instead of actual victims of alleged wrongdoing.

The Trump administration put the kibosh on such slush-fund payments in 2017. As then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it: “When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.”

One notable abuse was a $17 billion settlement agreement in which Bank of America had to pay third-party activist groups to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 crisis.

Another example: Gibson Guitar Corp. was forced to donate to the private National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to end a criminal investigation into allegations it illegally imported exotic wood.

If the federal government is to fund private groups, it should be via the normal appropriations process — not favouritism by Justice Department lawyers. Lefties — which is who will benefit — can get by without this extra little help from their friends.