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One of the parents implicated in the massive college bribery scandal co-hosted a fundraiser for Sen Kirsten Gillibrand just days before she was charged.
Marketing CEO Jane Buckingham paid $2,800 to co-host the Beverly Hills fundraiser alongside Will Ferrell and Shonda Rhimes last Saturday, according to Page Six.
Fundraiser - Gillibrand - Exploratory - Run - Place
The fundraiser for Gillibrand's exploratory 2020 presidential run took place at the home of Larry Berg, the owner of soccer team Los Angeles FC, and his wife Allison.
Buckingham allegedly paid $50,000 to have someone take her son's ACT test in July 2018 to help him get into the University of Southern California.
Buckingham - Scandal - Son - Statement - Cheating
Shortly after Buckingham was charged in the scandal, her son released a statement and said he was 'unknowingly involved' in the cheating scheme.
'I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their a** off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams,' he told the Hollywood Reporter.
Scheme - Kids - Others - Advantage - Spots
'I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.'
'For that I am sorry though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment.'
Situation - Comfort - Fact - Money - Wealth
'While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions.'
'Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize an applicants' character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else.'
Buckingham - Beverly - Hills - Boutique - Marketing
Buckingham, a Beverly Hills boutique marketing firm CEO, was among the 50 people - including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman - charged...
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