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Hillary Clinton's Univision ties met with virtual silence in media, 'pay-to-play' criticism from GOP


High in the polls with a dream candidate’s resume, Hillary Clinton's advantages in the 2016 presidential race are the stuff of near-constant media chatter these days.

Except for one topic: Univision.

The Spanish-language network, which broadcasts from Doral, has remarkably close ties with Clinton — from the way the media giant covers immigration to the financial backing of its top leader to a new initiative between the network and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Barely a peep from the press, though.

Last week, at an East Harlem event featuring Clinton, Univision touted a multi-year partnership with a foundation-led learning initiative for children five and younger. The success of the ‘Pequeños y Valiosos” (or “Young and Valuable”) partnership will take time to measure.

But it began paying immediate dividends for Clinton.

Clinton’s face is featured in five of seven slides on the Univision website promoting the partnership with the foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” initiative. Taking no press questions at the event, Clinton was featured in the type of feel-good classroom setting that politicians on the campaign trail crave.

“The reality is this is less about promoting education than it is political pay to play by the Democrats and Univision,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said in an email.

Full column here