A donation by Syracuse, N.Y., mall developer Robert Congel to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in 2004 may have caused a headache for Sen. Hillary Clinton's confirmation as U.S. secretary of state, but giving to politicians is nothing new for Congel.

The developer has also lobbied for changes to New York law that could benefit his firm's Destiny USA project, the $1.9 billion expansion of an existing mall in Syracuse.

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