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Sant Singh Chatwal – a major donor on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign – pleaded guilty this week to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign donations to three unnamed candidates.

The hotel magnate was also caught on tape vocalizing what everyone already knows about American politicians: That they don’t give a damn about you unless you’re giving them money.

Without big dollar political contributions “nobody will even talk to you,” Chatwal said on a 2010 recording made by a U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) informant.

“That’s the only way to buy them, get into the system,” Chatwal said.

Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave … 

Chatwal raised more than $100,000 for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, although it’s not yet known whether Clinton was one of the recipients of his illegal largesse. The DOJ said there was no evidence that the three recipients of Chatwal’s illegal donations were involved with – or even aware of – his scheme.

In addition to Clinton, Chatwal has donated money to numerous Democratic politicians including Senate majority leader Harry Reid, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut).