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Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will donate to charity the $23,000 in direct contributions she has received from "Hillraiser" Norman Hsu, her campaign announced last night, citing concerns about published reports that Hsu faces an outstanding arrest warrant in California.

Hsu, who owns a number of New York clothing concerns, has over the past few years emerged as a major donor and fundraiser for numerous Democratic congressional candidates. But the bulk of his energies over the past year have been dedicated towards getting Clinton elected president.

A review of FEC records shows Hsu and people connected with him have given $119,000 to Clinton's various campaign committees starting in 2004. In an interview with the Post two weeks ago, Hsu said that while he had contributed to the senate campaigns of both Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, there was no question as to where his loyalties would be directed once the presidential contest got underway -- it was Clinton.

Over the past two days, published reports in The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times raised questions about Hsu's fundraising tactics and revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest from a 1991 case in San Mateo County, Calif.. The case involved a single felony count of grand theft arising out of allegations he collected about $1 million from investors by falsely claiming he had a contract to import latex gloves. The arrest warrant was issued in 1992 and orders were for $2 million bail for Hsu if he were arrested.

Hsu's lawyer, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr., could not be reached last night. Barcella told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that Hsu was the same man involved in the California case, and that his client did not remember pleading to a criminal charge and facing the prospect of jail time. Hsu remembers the episode as part of a settlement with creditors when he also went through bankruptcy, Barcella told the paper.

"In light of the new information regarding Mr. Hsu's outstanding warrant in California, we will be giving his contributions to charity," Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said in a Wednesday evening e-mail.

--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  |  August 29, 2007; 6:56 PM ET
 
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I'd be very interested in seeing actual proof that Hill The Shrill did in fact return the money, and in knowing to whom she returned it. She also said that she was going to turn the money over to charity...but she didn't specify which particular charity. Would anybody be surprized if she decided that the most worthy charity to receive the money was the Clinton Memorial Library or the Clinton Legal Defense Fund? Remember, this "lady" was co-president in the most currupt, self-serving, dishonest administration in our nation's history!

Posted by: dsinohio | September 20, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, lets not forget about Abdul Rehman Jinnah. Another dirty Clinton/Democrat doner. Same M.O. -Coincidence? http://www.nypost.com/seven/03042007/news/nationalnews/pro_clinton_dirty_cash_man_flees_nationalnews_christine_field.htm

Posted by: blatherbob | August 31, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty nice deal for HRC. Norman Hsu "bundles" (collects others contributions -which are pretty suspect in where they came from i.e the Paw family- and forwards them to Hillary) over $1 million in campaign contributions. Then when the media gets wind of it, they quickly donate only the $23k that is directly linked to Hsu to charity and claim they've cleaned their hands. What about the other $977K they got indirectly but highly dubious in nature from him?

If this were a Republican, the media would be digging so deep into this they would hit China (pun intended) but since it's Hillary -Pass and bury it.

Posted by: blatherbob | August 31, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Right, the Rosen thing was such a baseless smear that the Clinton campaign was fined $35,000 by the FEC -- which found that there was "probable cause" to believe that Clinton's campaign treasurer (Andrew Grossman) violated campaign law. Of course, they got to keep the $2.2 million in question.

Posted by: George14 | August 30, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Hey Zukermand sorry but history is documented and facts can't be disputed. While you're sitting home looking for another government handout picking your teeth and realizing how stupid the democratic voting bloc is just be prepared for the GOP grassroots to expose Hillary with HER OWN WORDS & PRESENT THE FACTS SUCH AS BELOW THAT CAN'T BE DISPUTED!!The Criminal Clinton's are back again and remember 50% of American's vowed they will not vote for the crook. Can you name one thing Hillary has accomplished in the 6 years of being the Senator of New York? What a moron!!


Under the listing of "Records Set'" by the Clinton administration (read: co-presidency), Progressive Review cites the following, of which I will only list a sampling:

â–ª Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates.

â–ª Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation.

â–ª Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify.

â–ª Most number of witnesses to die suddenly.

â–ª First president sued for sexual harassment.

â–ª First president accused of rape.

â–ª First president to be held in contempt of court.

â–ª First president to be impeached for personal malfeasance.

â–ª First first lady to come under criminal investigation.

â–ª Largest criminâ–ªal plea agreement in an illegal campaign-contribution case.

Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions.

â–ª Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas to date: one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners: 14.

â–ª Number of Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5.

â–ª Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine that were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47.

â–ª Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33.

â–ª Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61.

â–ª Number of congressional witnesses who pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122.

â–ª Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15; acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6.

â–ª Clinton machine crimes for which convictions were obtained: drug trafficking, 3; racketeering, extortion, bribery, 4; tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement, 2; fraud, 12; conspiracy, 5; fraudulent loans, illegal gifts, 1; illegal campaign contributions, 5; money laundering, 6; perjury, et al.

â–ª Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar: Bill Kennedy, 116; Harold Ickes, 148; Ricki Seidman, 160; Bruce Lindsey, 161; Bill Burton, 191; Mark Gearan, 221; Mack McLarty, 233; Neil Egglseston, 250; John Podesta, 264; Jennifer O'Connor, 343; Dwight Holton 348; Patsy Thomasson, 420; Jeff Eller, 697; and Hillary Clinton, 250.


Posted by: garyczegan | August 30, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I'm glad you brought up the indictment of David Rosen. It shows the pattern of opponents of Sen Clinton throwing out unsupported allegations in the run up to elections in the hopes of smearing her. All of you who drive one handed because you're sucking your thumbs and nodding along to creeps like Limbaugh and Hannity who think nothing of playing you for rubes if it will put a few extra million bucks in their pockets should be offended they believe you are so clueless you'll buy their deceit and come back for more.
Of course, in their defense they are right about you, aren't they?

Posted by: zukermand | August 30, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Let's not forget that her campaign finance director David Rosen was indicted for filing false reports to the FEC:"

and acquitted. Also, the judge specifically found and recorded Sen Clinton had no knowledge of the specific events that led to the fruitless indictment. But, hey, you hate Hillary, so why should facts intrude?

Posted by: zukermand | August 30, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This is very interesting and should be on the front page in print and top story on air:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118826947048110677.html?mod=hpp_us_whats_news

Posted by: CM1515 | August 30, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!

No evidence of wrongdoing.
No knowledge even implied on the Clintons' part.
Loosely drawn speculation masquerading as accusations.

News articles full of insinuation but devoid of substance.

Yes, the media's Clinton Rules are back!

Posted by: zukermand | August 30, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that her campaign finance director David Rosen was indicted for filing false reports to the FEC: http://www.wnbc.com/politics/4063107/detail.html

Posted by: George14 | August 30, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton circus begins again.

If HRC gets the nomination Dems should be prepared for a surge of GOP voters putting Republicans in control of the House.

As a Democrat, I can see the tide of GOP voters hitting nominee Clinton like the tidal waves breached the levees in New Orleans during hurricane Katernia. We will lose House seats too because of the high Republican turnout.

Posted by: sperrico | August 30, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, so Norman is a Chinese textile importer?

I wonder if this has anything to do with Hillary Clinton's cosponsoring of a batch of bills to suspend import duties on very specific textiles. In the 109th congress look at S.3642.IS (knitted fabrics), S.3645.IS (yarn), S.3644.IS (welft cotton), S.3641.IS (bags), S.491.IS (general), and another one that I don't have the number for related to PVC bags.

You should also look to see if this guy has paid for any of Bill Clinton's $150,000+ speeches.

Posted by: George14 | August 30, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. Contributions do turn into earmarks.

This is old politics at its best and the American people should insist that it stop. We can't drain the swamp in Washington while the same alligators swim in it.

Our government is for sale. Out tax dollars flow to large contributors in the form of earmarks.

While bridges crumble, New Orleans levees break, first responders lack adequate communications gear, Senator Clinton sets aside funds to please a large donor.

No wonder the American taxpayers give Congress failing remarks. We keep electing the same aligators to swim in the Washintgton swamp even when we know that they are not likely to change.

Hillary can't run on the change agenda because she continues to value campaign contributions over principles. It's a fatal flaw.


Posted by: arizona7 | August 30, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Special thanks to garyczegan for providing information that the Post is well aware of but won't publish. They've surely known about this since Monday as they all check Drudge throughout the day and he linked to the Wall Street Journal investigative reporting. Gee - why didn't the Post get there first? Losing your grip guys! You wouldn't be trying to protect the '08 election, would you? Nah, of course not.

The editor's must have gotten the go ahead late last night from NY Times editors who realized it was getting embarrassing and they would have to finally go with it or stink bad. Weren't the Post Editors surprised when the Times actually went above the fold! "Not us - we'll bury it: too late for this AMs edition and (hopefully) too old for tomorrow's."

Hillary, make the check out to: Washington Compost.

Posted by: jloiacon | August 30, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

How is it that this story isn't on the front page of the Post website, only as an innocuously titled link? Had this been Romney or Thompson, their pictures would have been plastered all over the Post's front page.

Posted by: nowanna | August 30, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

QueenBVR proves my point that the democrat voters are the most uniformed and stupidest voting bloc in the country. She has no clue what Hillary hasn't accomplished as a Senator from New York which is nothing so she will vote for her because she's a women and Obama because he's black. You can't name one issue that these two moron's have sponsored or accomplished as senators.

Also, check the spelling of our brilliant democrat voter Queen BVR. The democrat voter "complete morons"!

Posted by: garyczegan | August 30, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will be our next President which wiol make history. There is the same strategy taking place by puttinig Obama in the race to divide the black votes. Will it work or will Hillary and Obama join forces. If Obama was to concide and join Hillary. This would be a first all the way around. First Female President and First Black VP. What about it Hillary and Obama? Can we out think the Republican and you two come together as one. What a powerful force it would be. Not only would Obama get the expereince that he would need but he would also make history.

Posted by: queenbvr | August 30, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why its OK for her to give the money to a "charity" --- it will probably be one chose to benefit Hillary Clinton like that dust up in New Hampshire back in '04 where someone with a veterans charity first took a donation from Dean and endorsed Dean and then when Kerry's wife gave him more money he endorsed Kerry.

She should return the money to Hsu and he should give the money to the investors he bilked or the creditors from however many bankruptcies he's filed.

BTW, Where is he? Hard to imagine that he'll stick around to do jail time. He probably left the country with the first whiff that he was going to be in the news, like many of the Clinton funny money donors back in '96 did.

Posted by: Malia2 | August 30, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

garyczegan, you are trolling. But you are right about one thing: I wouldn't vote for her, and I'm an idiot liberal.

But do you really think that having a Republican makes any difference over having a Democrat? Both have vested interests that aren't aligned with common everyday folks.

Until we have a fair voting system in this country, we will not have any better choices.

Posted by: ipsuid | August 30, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The corruption is coming back however; there's a new media out there that won't let people forget about the words and actions of these corrupty Clinton's!!


Under the listing of "Records Set'" by the Clinton administration (read: co-presidency), Progressive Review cites the following, of which I will only list a sampling:

â–ª Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates.

â–ª Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation.

â–ª Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify.

â–ª Most number of witnesses to die suddenly.

â–ª First president sued for sexual harassment.

â–ª First president accused of rape.

â–ª First president to be held in contempt of court.

â–ª First president to be impeached for personal malfeasance.

â–ª First first lady to come under criminal investigation.

â–ª Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign-contribution case.

â–ª Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions.

â–ª Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas to date: one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners: 14.

â–ª Number of Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5.

â–ª Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine that were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47.

â–ª Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33.

â–ª Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61.

â–ª Number of congressional witnesses who pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122.

â–ª Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15; acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6.

â–ª Clinton machine crimes for which convictions were obtained: drug trafficking, 3; racketeering, extortion, bribery, 4; tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement, 2; fraud, 12; conspiracy, 5; fraudulent loans, illegal gifts, 1; illegal campaign contributions, 5; money laundering, 6; perjury, et al.

â–ª Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar: Bill Kennedy, 116; Harold Ickes, 148; Ricki Seidman, 160; Bruce Lindsey, 161; Bill Burton, 191; Mark Gearan, 221; Mack McLarty, 233; Neil Egglseston, 250; John Podesta, 264; Jennifer O'Connor, 343; Dwight Holton 348; Patsy Thomasson, 420; Jeff Eller, 697; and Hillary Clinton, 250.

Posted by: garyczegan | August 30, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Let's can the Hillary hatred and concentrate on facts. I don't like her and will not vote for her either, but let's go forward.

The Hsu incident is yet one more example of just what is wrong with our political system. The candidates, of course, can't know every dirty little secret of each individual donor, but when one keeps popping up with the frequency of Hsu and the amounts he's sent in, HRC's staff has the responsibility to check all of these types.

Also, what about the Paw family in California mentioned in the "Wall Street Journal" and "LA Times" stories? Are those funds being returned as well. Please go to the link below to see all of Norman Hsu's recepients of contributions. It's a "Who's Who" of the Democratic Party.
Add his contributions of Mr. Hsu that are noted to be towards her primary campaign. I get a total of $4,400. Why has no one else picked up on this?

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=&last=Hsu&first=Norman&city=&zip=&xst=&next=50

Posted by: travelgallery | August 30, 2007 6:50 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the garbage that people like jwmorrison spew. No politician -- not even G.W. -- can be aware of the backgrounds of every single one of their financial contributors -- even if they pose for a picture with them. To suggest that Hillary has more "ill gotten contributions" than other politicians is ignorant and naive. I contribute to her campaign and Hillary doesn't know me from Adam.

Where do you people come from? And what school did you attend that failed to teach you how to think?

Posted by: femalenick | August 30, 2007 2:49 AM | Report abuse

If enough scrutiny is applied, HRC , in all probability, will have to return a heck of a lot more ill-gotten contributions. I can't believe people seriously want to go back to the Clinton shenigans.

Posted by: jwmorrison | August 30, 2007 1:26 AM | Report abuse

A minor bump in the road Hill. Great idea, giving the $$ to charity. Keep fighting for us; soon you will be back in the White House. You are gonna need more then one broom to clean up the BUSH mess this time around. I will come help! =)
Go Hillary!

Posted by: aboyzboi | August 29, 2007 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Here We Go Back To The Future With The Criminal Clinton's And There Shady Fundraising With Chinese Nationals. Do You Ever Wonder why 136 individuals disappeared back in 1996 because of fundraising criminality with the Clinton's and all of sudden this guy has disappeared? Remember one thing you idiot liberals 50% of American's hate Hillary and will never vote for her, why? because she is as corrupt as BJ the molestor was!!!!


Report: Hillary Clinton Big Money Donor Wanted for Grand Theft
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton

A Democratic fundraiser who has raised $1 million for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says he has done nothing wrong and has asked no favors in return, but Norman Hsu didn't mention that he's a wanted man.

A California prosecutor says Hsu pleaded no contest to grand theft, was sentenced to three years in prison and then disappeared, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Click here to read the story in The Los Angeles Times.

"He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview with the newspaper. "Do you know where he is?"

Hsu, an apparel executive who made his first-ever political contribution -- to John Kerry -- in 2004, is listed as one of the top 20 Democratic fundraisers in the country and is one of Clinton's "HillRaisers" -- people who rustle up at least $100,000 for Clinton's campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Hsu, who is described by friends as warm, charming and dapper, told the newspaper this week that his generosity is a byproduct of the enormous success he has had in the U.S.

"I have been blessed by what this country has given me and have tried to give back in many ways," Hsu said in an e-mail to The Wall Street Journal. "One way has been through political contributions to candidates and causes I believe in. I have never asked for anything in return. I've asked friends and colleagues of mine to give money out of their own pockets and sometimes they have agreed."

But Hsu attracted attention recently because some of the people he's asked to contribute don't outwardly appear to be able to afford the donations. Now, his low profile -- even some in the Clinton big money cycle have never heard of him -- seems to be due to an ulterior motive.

In 1991, Hsu pleaded guilty to grand theft after raising $1 million in investments for a phony business, Smetana said. Bench warrants were issued when he failed to show up to his sentencing hearing.

Hsu's lawyer, Lawrence Barcella, said Hsu doesn't remember ever making a deal with authorities, but he does recall a legal case that was part of a settlement with creditors when he went through bankruptcy.

On top of that, among those who have "bundled" their contributions along with Hsu's is one San Francisco family of seven adults whose home is small and under the airport flight path, jobs are average and $213,000 in donations are closely coordinated with Hsu's.

Hsu's relationship to the Paw family apparently goes back a decade, and Winkle Paw, 35, is an employee of Hsu's New York companies, The Wall Street Journal was first to report. Barcella told The Los Angeles Times the Paws have their own cash, and "Norman never reimbursed anyone for their contribution."

Another New York family of three that runs a plastics packaging plant in Pennsylvania and is tied to Hsu donated more than $200,000 in the last three years, the Times states.

Clinton adviser Howard Wolfsen told The Times that Hsu has been a longtime donor to the party: "During Mr. Hsu's many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them."

Posted by: garyczegan | August 29, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Now that's the kind of president we need!

Instead of using the money that turned out to be shady for her benefit she generously gives it away to a needing charity!

Way to go!

Posted by: mcsizzlesizzle | August 29, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse


It's the presidential thing to do.

No surprise that Clinton got it right!

Posted by: chasemonster | August 29, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

She did the right thing, but only after first refusing to do so, and then the story grew in the media. Clinton stopped digging the hole, but along with her statement that if terrorists attack us the GOP benefits, I'm starting to see her shady side.

Posted by: markdmorris | August 29, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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