Mark Ambinder of the Atlanic reports about Hillary’s Hsu funding…
That major Hillary Clinton bundler…who encouraged Winkle Paws and family to pony up tens of thousands… is a fugitive from the law, the Los Angeles Times reports.
He pleaded no contest to grand theft but his lawyer claims he doesn’t remember the plea — a Craigian twist, no?
Campaigns employ compliance offers to make sure that their donors don’t violate the laws, but given how frequently these major donors turn out to be…. not so peachy, perhaps they ought to institute background checks for their bundlers.
The NYT’s is reporting how Clinton is going to give up her funds from Hsu, nice to do that now that you have been caught. Maybe you should have done it before you got caught, it would carry more weight with most.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign announced this evening that it was donating $23,000 to charity after one of its leading donors, Norman Hsu, who had given an equivalent amount to Mrs. Clinton over the years, acknowledged today that there appeared to be an outstanding
warrant for his arrest.
According to the Clinton campaign, Mr. Hsu has contributed $23,000 to various fund-raising committees associated with Mrs Clinton: $4,600 to
Hillary Clinton for President, $8,400 to Friends of Hillary (which was primarily her Senate fund-raising vehicle), and $10,000 to HillPac, her
political action committee.
“In light of the new information regarding Mr. Hsu’s outstanding warrant in California, we will be giving his contributions to charity,” said Howard Wolfson, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign communications director.
Asked about the propriety of other donations that Mr. Hsu collected from third-party sources on Mrs. Clinton’s behalf, Mr. Wolfson said: “We regularly review contributions as we receive them; we will continue our practice of scrutinizing contributions and, should we have a basis to return a contribution, we will do so.”
Mr. Hsu put out his own statement today:
“I believe I properly resolved all of the legal issues related to my bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Therefore, I was surprised to learn that there appears to be an outstanding warrant – as demonstrated by the fact that I have and do live a public life. I have not sought to evade any of
my obligations and certainly not the law.
“I would not consciously subject any of the candidates and causes in which I believe to any harm through my actions.
“Therefore, until, this matter is resolved, I intend to refrain from all fund-raising activities on behalf of all candidates and causes.”
The Clinton campaign confirmed that Mr. Hsu is no longer a part of Mrs. Clinton’s New York-based fund-raising leadership, a group of 20 or so
major donors to her campaign. As part of this group, Mr. Hsu had attended meetings of the group with the campaign finance director, Jonathan Mantz, in the New York offices of Alan Patricof, a leading donor to Mrs. Clinton, as well as gatherings in Washington.
Michelle Maklin reports on the criminal fundraisers of the Clinton Camp…
Amazing, I bet if Hillary gets into office, that these guys will all get pardons at the end of her Terms… Sound familiar… If it doesn’t, Mark Rich, the guys who never stood trial, ran from the law and was pardoned, preventing him from being brought to trial. The odd thing I have noticed, is only two or three people I know actually know that Rudy is the the one that brought charges against Rich, while he was Prosecutor for NYC. Kind of funny how it is Rudy and Hillary in the lead.
(For those that do not remember, Rich was being charged for violation of trade embargos with Iran…) Who is one of the big countries in the world trying to make nukes????
Anyways back to Hillary’s on the lam fundraising…
Say sleaze! Hillary with former fugitive donor Rehman Jinnah in 2000.
Sweetness and Light recalls yet another fugitive moneyman who shelled out big bucks to Hillary Clinton. Via the LATimes from last year noted by Rantburg:
Clinton donor wanted by FBI in scheme to funnel money
Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer,
Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2007
A Pakistani immigrant who hosted fundraisers in Southern California for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is being sought by the FBI on charges that he funneled illegal contributions to Clinton’s political action committee and Sen. Barbara Boxer’s 2004 reelection campaign. Authorities say Northridge businessman Abdul Rehman Jinnah, 56, fled the country after an indictment accused him of engineering more than $50,000 in illegal donations to the Democratic committees. A business associate charged as a co-conspirator has entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in Los Angeles next week…
The case has transformed Jinnah from a political point man on Pakistani issues, a man often photographed next to foreign dignitaries and U.S. leaders, into a fugitive with his mug shot on the FBI’s “featured fugitives” wanted list. Jinnah’s profile peaked in 2004 and 2005 as he wooed members of Congress to join a caucus advancing Pakistani concerns and brought Clinton to speak to prominent Pakistani Americans, lauding their homeland’s contributions to the war on terrorism and calling relations with Pakistan beneficial to U.S. interests.
Jinnah and his family donated more than $100,000 to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. Now friends say they believe Jinnah has returned to Pakistan. Attempts to reach him and his relatives were unsuccessful. A “For Sale” sign stood in his yard on Thursday, and a neighbor said the family had not lived there for months.
Maybe he was hanging with Norman Hsu.
Update: Jinnah surrendered to the FBI in late May, according to this Pakistan newspaper (hat tip – Noblesse Oblige):
A Pakistani businessman accused of illegally funnelling tens of thousands of dollars to the political campaigns of US senators Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer surrendered to the FBI on a year-old indictment on Tuesday, then collapsed in Los Angeles federal court, Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.
Looking tired and disoriented, Abdul Rehman Jinnah, 56, complained of chest pains and began shaking an hour into a contentious bond hearing before US Magistrate Judge Patrick J Walsh. The judge interrupted the hearing for nearly 30 minutes while paramedics attended to Jinnah. After Jinnah’s condition was stabilised and he was taken to a local hospital for an examination, Walsh set bond at $300,000.
The drama unfolded shortly after Jinnah, who has a history of heart problems and diabetes, flew back to the US from Pakistan to answer charges by a grand jury that he engineered illicit donations to Ms Clinton’s political action committee and Ms Boxer’s 2004 re-election campaign. Officials from both campaigns have said they were unaware of the alleged wrongdoing and returned the contributions.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Assistant US Attorney Dennis Mitchell urged the judge to deny Jinnah bond, arguing that he was a “tremendous flight risk” with a long history of financial misconduct that included five bankruptcy filings that had been dismissed by the courts.
Mitchell said authorities suspected that Jinnah returned to the US to face federal charges only because the government had initiated travel restrictions that made it increasingly difficult for the businessman to travel overseas. He could flee again if he believes he will be imprisoned, Mitchell said.
But Jinnah’s attorney, former federal prosecutor Douglas Fuchs, said that was “absurd,” noting that his client had voluntarily surrendered and faced only one to two years in prison if convicted.
Born in Pakistan, Jinnah immigrated to the US in the late 1980s and settled in Northridge. Over the next decade, he tried his hand at a string of businesses and left a trail of angry creditors and former business partners. But by 2004, Jinnah had positioned himself as a point man who could help the Democratic Party tap the increasingly affluent Pakistani American community for campaign funds. He and his family personally contributed $122,000 to Democratic candidates and organisations that year and held events for Ms Clinton and Ms Boxer at his home.
Stuart Schoenburg, 76, a Tarzana television producer charged as Jinnah’s co-conspirator, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour count and is awaiting sentencing.
Here’s the NYPost’s coverage of Hill and Jinnah from earlier this spring.
Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft has the FBI Wanted poster of Jinnah and much more.
Left-leaning SourceWatch compiled Jinnah’s Dem donor data.
New from the LATimes today, Norman Hsu speaks:
Democratic donor Norman Hsu said Wednesday that he would “refrain from all fundraising activities” until he resolved an outstanding warrant for his arrest stemming from a 1991 criminal case in San Mateo County. Hsu, a major fundraiser over the last three years for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and other Democrats, issued the statement through his attorney after the Los Angeles Times reported that he had been a fugitive for 15 years.
Prosecutors in California said Hsu disappeared in 1992 after pleading no contest and agreeing to serve up to three years in prison for defrauding investors in a Ponzi scheme.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that it would donate to charity $23,000 in direct donations from Hsu, a New York apparel executive. And other recipients of his donations distanced themselves from the businessman.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California and Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry of Massachusetts; Reps. Michael M. Honda of San Jose, Doris Matsui of Sacramento and Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania; and Al Franken, a Senate candidate in Minnesota, said they would divest their campaigns of Hsu’s donations. Clinton campaign aides had said earlier that the candidate had no plans to return money donated by Hsu, but the campaign reversed itself after The Times’ disclosure. “In light of the new information regarding Mr. Hsu’s outstanding warrant in California, we will be giving his contributions to charity,” Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said.
The campaign has not determined whether to return money Hsu raised, but Singer said it regularly reviews donations. “Should we have the basis to return one, we shall do so,” Singer said.
Hsu has donated or raised more than $1 million for Democrats and their causes. He served as a “bundler,” rounding up a group of donors and then packaging their checks together. He is a member of Clinton’s “HillRaiser” group, individuals who pledged to raise more than $100,000 for her presidential campaign.
FYI: Bill and Hill will be campaigning together in New Hampshire this weekend, according to her campaign blog.
All said and done, Hillary let’s move on that Campaign Financing Reform the Liberals have been stalling on, but yet swore they were going to do last year before the elections.
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