Clinton fund raiser wanted on swindling charges

LA Times:

The Los Angeles Times reports on this website tonight and in Wednesday's print editions that a major Democratic Party fundraiser named Norman Hsu is wanted by authorities for skipping out on an agreement to serve up to three years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft swindling charges.

In a story by Chuck Neubauer and Robin Fields, The Times reports that for three years Hsu has been carving out a place of political and financial influence by funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into Democratic Party coffers, much of the money earmarked for Sen. Hillary Clinton. He has earned the ranking of Hillraiser for pledging to raise at least $100,000 for her.

In just the last 36 months Hsu has been involved in raising more than $1 million for Clinton and other Democrats. Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, confirmed today that Hsu had been a "longtime and generous supporter" of the party including Clinton. "We have no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them," Wolfson added.

Hsu has developed a specialty of bundling hefty campaign contributions from obscure citizens who live modest lives and have never before given money to campaigns. Many are not even registered to vote.

Over the years other recipients of Hsu donations have included Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Edward Kennedy.


Hat tip to Dan Riehl. This should be a very interesting story. As Drudge might say "developing." The lefty blogs have been making the excuse that Ms. Clinton could not know the circumstances of the Paws who live in the modest house under the runway take off routes in San Francisco. It is possible she does not, but politicians usually make it a point to know their top donors and thank them personally. It appears that Hsu is already in trouble and on the lamb from California.

My guess is that the media is not likely to pursue any of the politicians who took his money. They are too interested in the etiquette of signals some males pass in air port toilets to show interest in homosexual sex. Personally, I could have lived the rest of my life without knowing those signals and thankfully have never seen them.

Rick Moran has more on the Hsu generosity at the American Thinker.

Update: Fox news is reporting that Hillary Clinton's campaign has decided to donate Mr. Hsu's contributions to charity because of his background. It is not clear at this time whether this will also include the donations of the Paw family which initially raised questions about Mr. Hsu's involvement.

The AP indicates that she is only donating the amount of direct contributions, about $23,000.


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