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For Clinton, 2000 Fund-Raising Controversy Lingers
The Wall Street Journal Online ^ | September 14, 2007 | John R. Emshwiller

Posted on 09/14/2007 2:12:37 PM PDT by no dems

As Sen. Hillary Clinton grapples with the burgeoning scandal surrounding disgraced fund-raiser Norman Hsu, she can't quite shake a fund-raising controversy from her 2000 Senate campaign.

Mrs. Clinton's entanglement with a thrice-convicted felon named Peter Paul is proof of how long campaign-finance problems can haunt a public official. Mr. Paul became a problem for Mrs. Clinton when his criminal past became public shortly after he helped organize and finance a gala Hollywood fund-raiser for her in August 2000.

The Clintons have denied any wrongdoing. Their attorney, David Kendall, says there was never any business arrangement discussed or contemplated between Mr. Paul and Mr. Clinton. As for his other allegations, "Mr. Paul, as a three-time convicted felon, has no credibility," Mr. Kendall says. "He is the Picasso of con artists."

Mr. Paul continues to produce evidence. His attorneys have submitted a recently obtained tape recording of a 2000 conversation involving Mr. Paul and Mrs. Clinton discussing plans for the fund-raiser, which they contend bolsters the argument she was involved in campaign misdeeds. A state appeals court panel held a hearing Sept. 7 on Mr. Paul's motion to re-include Mrs. Clinton as a defendant. A decision on that matter is pending.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 109th; 110th; 2000; fundraising; hillary; hillaryscandals; peterpaul
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To: Kellis91789

If men have integrity, they will stick to their principles and act on them - regardless of campaign contributions. Government financing of elections is something I do not support. The government that governs least governs best.


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