Skip to comments.Clinton Sees Fear Realized in Trouble With Donor
Posted on 09/11/2007 9:29:43 PM PDT by neverdem
Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clintons presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was money, friends and advisers say. Some sort of fund-raising scandal that would echo the Clinton-era controversies of the 1990s and make her appear greedy or ethically challenged.
As a result, Mrs. Clinton told aides this year to vet major donors carefully and help her avoid situations in which she might appear to be trading access for big money, advisers said. Also to be avoided, the senator said, were fund-raising tactics that might conjure up the Clinton White House coffees and the ties to relatively unknown donors offering large sums, like the Asian businessmen who sent checks to the Democratic National Committee.
Yet nine months into her campaign, Mrs. Clinton is grappling with exactly the situation she feared giving up nearly $900,000 that had been donated or raised by Norman Hsu, a one-time fugitive and one of her top fund-raisers, whose actions raise serious questions about how well the campaign vetted its donors. As a result, Mrs. Clinton now finds herself linked to a convicted criminal who brought in tens of thousands of dollars from potentially tainted sources.
The Hsu case has revived ugly memories for voters about the Democratic fund-raising scandals when Bill Clinton was president, the senators campaign advisers acknowledge, a time...
The campaign is refunding $850,000 to these donors, viewing the money as tainted. Yet the campaign is also risking another public relations mess by saying that it would take back the money if it clearly came from the donors bank account, not from Mr. Hsu or another source. The risk is that Mrs. Clinton will appear to want more cash no matter whether it was once colored by a disgraced donor...
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No. Gee. Ya think...? ;)
Pump this story. Pump it every day, put it up on the big screen in Times Square, it’s still squat all.
It won’t stick in the minds of voters and in fact, the more her opponents harp on it, it will just come across as vindictive, not matter how honestly justified it is.
She may not release the names to the public, but the FBI will get the names.
Right, a complete lie coming from her camp. She just wanted $$$$’s...felt she could skate like in the 90’s...on illegal campaign contributions...nothing new here...just typical criminal activity with the clintoons’... CROOKS...
Aren't the names of donors of more than $50 a matter of public record?
No one really cares about this because all politicians are viewed with suspect. If you’re a Clinton, you are especially sheltered from repercussion because as a Clinton, “you are special”.
“make her appear greedy or ethically challenged”
Why would anyone think that?
I'll believe it when I see the both sides of the cancelled checks
Poor misunderstood Hillary.
This “article” is yet another “In kind” donation by the owners and managers of the New York Times to benefit partisan political organizations and members of the Democrat Party.
Don't let us get caught?
IT WON'T MATTER. IT SHOULD, BUT IT WON'T.
She knows the fall-out. Al Gore will be the benefactor. She’s not giving the money back to Hsu that’s for sure.
I just heard her campaign was warned about Hsu during the summer from Cali dems...
it was blown off...
The article is pure BS...
More framing Clinton as a “victim” BS.
Hillary will not be president. But, the alternatives don’t look to hot either.
This is a transparent attempt by the New York Slimes to minimize the impact, by presenting Hillary as the victim of a nasty little Chinese crook....
Hillary and Bill can NEVER rid themselves of Chinese money from inappropriate sources for inappropriate reasons.
It has been the SOP since Arkansas days.
Bill has already sold the Chinese our ICBM targeting technology...
One has to wonder what Hillary is prepared to give them in her quest for personal power...
These folks are evil....plain and simply evil.
So we should elect as leader and Commander in Chief a person (a) who cannot communicate effectively with her aides and subordinates, (b) who does not manage or supervise well enough to see her directives are carried out, and (c) who does not hold accountable those who SNAFU’ed up by not following clear and vitally important directions?
Is Craig Livingstone still alive? Can he take the fall for this latest SNAFU?
(( ping ))
And who were photographed with Mrs. Clinton on a number of occasions, after donating almost $1,000,000. OK.
The FBI already has the names. This is a big problem for she who would be Queen.
Is the NYT behind Obama?
They’ve sure been hitting the Hsu stories hard and often.
Interesting, coming from the NY Times. If the FBI uses waterboarding to extract information from Hsu, co-conspirators and participants, would the Times deride the method. /sarcasm
Given his business failures and such Mr. Hsu's source of such large sums to be passed on to Rat Party (formerly the traditional, patriotic Democratic Party) candidates have raised questions about the source of his funds.
The nytimes employees have endeavored mightily to find the other source. They telephoned some acquaintances of Mr. Hsu but alas none returned the nytimes employees' calls. What's a body to do? They did their best. They are professionals.
Sarcastically well stated. BTTT!
I read it that way, too.
At least it’s on the Front Page. When the NY Times wants to bury a story, it is on page A34.
They know what she could do to the DNC if she loses the election (or is hounded by corruption scandals after taking office).
The prize isn’t about a single election, it is about continued viability (as well as incremental socialist goals like socialized medicine for all; things that are difficult to dismantle).
They’ve written a check and are letting persons from John Kerry’s office complete the handover. It should arrive sometime around 2014.
the Perfect Point.
The answer is that she is a fraud and simply a candidate of the PC crowd and economic deadbeats.
She is incapable but will promise to steal from the productive and give to the unproductive. The Communist version of Robin Hood.
If Hsu is alive 90 days from now, I’ll be amazed. That’s all I’m saying.
Hillary, after Vince Foster, you’ve got a lot more to be worried about that mere Chinese campaign donations.
One day your gig is up on that one. I still think Foster will one day be the reason you’ll be incarcerated at Levenworth, Kansas. Gain comfort that Bubba will be right beside you.
...three times I’m a democrat. Gotta love that one.
How about her extensive list of room temperature associates?
“They know what she could do to the DNC if she loses the election ..”
This is an important point.
Her Thighness is nothing if not VINDICTIVE!!!!
Mess with me and you are dead!!!
If she loses, the DNC will get thoroughly trashed, via talking heads, via leaked FBI files, via “found” records of prostitutes, via “found” pay-off checks and on and on and on.
Her Thighness is simply Al Capone writ large (ass).
When Hsu was helped to the bathroom, Segale says she saw lots and lots of medication in that room. I could see pills on the floor and rolling around.
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Has anyone else noticed that the Clintonista arithmetic is off on these stories?? They keep reporting that $850,000 in donations are being returned to 260 donors. That would be approx. $3,270 per donor, which is well above the maximum per donor for the primary campaign, is it not????
Unless some of the donors contributed over multiple years?? I don’t know what all the rules are, but something seems fishy with those numbers. Also, not everyone gives the maximum of $2,300 or whatever it is, surely..... I wonder if all their numbers will add to something proper and legal.
Yeah, they vetted real carefully.
Wow, Mr. Patrick Healy, you really did a tough, probing investigative story here.... /s
This article accomplishes just about exactly what a DNC press release or a Shrillery campaign PR would want to accomplish on this story. The NY Slimes really knows how to pursue a tough, no-holds-barred investigation. /s
IIRC, you may be able to donate $2,300 for the primary and $2,300 for the general election each year. I hope someone can confirm that.
Be happy with what you get. It's better than nothing. Frontpage coverage is keeping this story alive. I'm seeing it on NBC and PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Hsu will have a sudden and mysterious illness any day now.
Notice the accuracy in reporting...
“...donated or raised by Norman Hsu, a one-time fugitive and one of her top fund-raisers,...”
I believe the term should be ‘current fugitive’, which was his status when he donated....
But we can’t expect accuracy can we?
I thought he was already hospitalized.
Hey, what’s the big deal being concerned about vetting donors? We’re electing the person who’s going to manage the war against Islamofascist terrorists, and corruption in government, and setting national policies like reforming social security and No Child Left Behind and the like. Those are difficult issues — but nearly as tough as running a campain for president and raising all that illegal money. So let’s not judge her by this.
In other news, a beautiful bridge is for sale in Brooklyn...
I’ve often said that Bill Clinton could shotgun murder a gaggle of praying nuns on the White House lawn at noon in front of a hundred TV cameras while he was high on cocaine and tequila, and it would never be reported. Or it would be blamed on the nuns. Apparently the media has the same high standard for Hillary.