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Democratic Fundraising Scandal Roundup

John on August 31, 2007 at 4:12 pm

The Norman Hsu scandal is not a bipartisan scandal, but it is a major one. Hillary — the smartest woman in the world — says that she didn’t check him out very thoroughly. He was just one of thousands of donors.

Yeah, right.

Norman Hsu’s is Hillary’s third biggest donor. He has given her cash and thrown parties for her campaign. The idea that he blended into the background with the $200 donors is absurd. So Hillary is lying to cover her backside. What else is new?

Beyond that, one of the things I’ve been wondering since hearing Hillary’s response (she’ll give the ill gotten gains to charity) is about the rest of the money. Suitably Flip has followed up on this rather significant detail and put together an excellent rundown of Hsu’s contributions to Hillary and dozens of other Democratic candidates, plus those contributions attributed to Hsu’s associates:

What originally brought Mr. Hsu to the forefront this week was not his fugitive status, but rather the curious patterns of political contributions attributable to various associates of Hsu’s, some of whom appear to be of far meagerer means than their political lavishings would suggest.  Most notable was the case of the Paw family in California, who became Hillary Clinton’s 3rd highest contributing household in the country, a “distinction” somewhat incongruent to their apparent economic posture.

Be sure to click over to Suitably Flip to see the nice graphics. He’s probably 2-3 days ahead of the MSM on this.

So, just to put things in focus, we have lying and we have possible illegal contributions/money laundering (still being investigated by the FEC, but let’s face it — it almost certainly happened). But there’s one other little detail which hasn’t been explained. Allah at Hot Air does a nice job putting this last bit of intrigue into perspective using tidbits from the NY Times:

There were no offices in buildings in New York’s garment district whose addresses were given for businesses with names like Components Ltd., Cool Planets, Next Components, Coopgors Ltd., NBT and Because Men’s clothing — all listed by Mr. Hsu in federal filings at different times.

At a new loft-style residential condominium in SoHo that was also listed as an address for one of his companies, an employee there said that he had never seen or heard of Mr. Hsu. Another company was listed at a condo that Mr. Hsu had sublet in an elegant residential tower in Midtown Manhattan just off Fifth Avenue, but an employee there said Mr. Hsu moved out two years ago, after having lived there for five years. The employee, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about residents, said he recalled that Mr. Hsu had received a lot of mail from the Democratic Party.

As Allah puts it, “Where’s he getting his money?”

So, to recapâ„¢ (Glenn “Ellers” Greenwald gets residuals on that) one of Hillary’s top three donors is virtually unknown to her, he probably laundered illegal contributions to her and many others but no one has given up any of that cash, and we have no idea where Mr. Hsu comes up with these large sums of cash in the first place. Other than that, this isn’t a big deal at all.

If this story isn’t on the front page of every major paper for at least a week, it’ll be because of that letter ‘D’ appearing after all those familiar names in Suitably Flip’s chart.

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