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"I did it a bunch of times": Dianne Feinstein's husband caught in college admissions scandal

Added 09-25-20 04:35:01pm EST - “It's who you know, you know.” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “"I did it a bunch of times": Dianne Feinstein's husband caught in college admissions scandal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, has been named in a college admissions scandal. This scandal is different than the one that has dominated headlines for months. Unlike the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues, this isn’t a story of wealthy parents paying handsomely to get their unqualified children accepted into a college or university. This is a story of connections and the arrogance of the privileged.

The state auditor’s office named Richard Blum, a University of California Regent, as one of the regents in an admissions scandal involving dozens of students from wealthy, mostly white, well-connected families. There is a prohibition on regents using their influence in admission matters.

Among those “inappropriately admitted” were a student whose family was friends with a member of the Board of Regents, the child of a major donor and an applicant who babysat for a colleague of a former admissions director, according to the report released Tuesday by the California State Auditor.

In one case, a regent unidentified in the audit sent an “inappropriate letter of support” directly to the UC Berkeley chancellor on behalf of a student with only a 26% chance of winning a spot off the wait list, despite the policy prohibiting efforts by regents to influence admissions decisions by going around the regular process. The applicant was admitted.

When asked about this breach in conduct, Blum’s response was hey, no one told me it was wrong to do it. He said he has done it lots of times during his 18 years as a regent. He claims innocence of any wrongdoing.

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