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Hsu Still 'Hillraiser,'
At Least For Now

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign team has, for the most part, followed a traditional approach to handling the unfolding scandal surrounding the revelations about one of its top fundraisers, Norman Hsu.

When it was first suggested, at the end of August, the Hsu had bundled checks from an odd collection of donors, the campaign stood loyally behind the top donor. The following day, when it became clear Hsu had spent 15 years fleeing a criminal past, the campaign distanced itself from Hsu, announcing it would give his direct donations to charity. And when Hsu's business ventures began to fall under suspicion, the campaign dumped Hsu and the $850,000 he bundled for them, telling news outlets they had been duped, just as had scores of other politicians. (This morning, the Post reported that the Justice department has unsealed a criminal complaint against Hsu, detailing alleged campaign finance abuses and what they alleged to be a $60 million Ponzi scheme.)

But one step the campaign has not taken is to remove Hsu from its official list of Hillraisers. As of this morning, his name still appeared there. An oversight?

No, Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said this morning. The campaign has decided it does not wish to air brush history, and will stay true to its commitment to exhibit the names of Clinton's bundlers. "The list is a list of people who have raised money for the campaign in excess of $100,000," Wolfson said. "Once his money is returned, that will no longer be the case for him, and we will take his name down."

--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  |  September 21, 2007; 11:15 AM ET
 
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The WASHPOST has not wanted to tell you about the next Hsu that will drop. They know about it. Hillary is soon going to be under oath in the historic Los Angeles civil trial, Paul v Clinton. That civil trial is going to expose her four false FEC reports and the coverup of the greatest campaign finance fraud ever. http://hillcap.org has all the documents.

Posted by: dougfromupland | September 24, 2007 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Prior to the flap with Mr. Hsu, Hillary Clinton has taken money from the Chinese. Not just once but several times. In February 1995 Johnny Chung handed a $50,000 check to Maggie Williams, Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, for a photo op with the Clintons. Chung later stated that the money came directly from the hands of General Ji, then head of the Chinese military intelligence.

Mrs. Clinton has other pictures, including one with convicted "Chinagate" figure Moctar Riady. The Riady family is a direct link to the Chinese Army. According to a U.S. Senate report, Moctar and his billion dollar company the Lippo Group, was in business with Chinese military intelligence. The relationship between the Clintons and the Riadys spans all the way back to Arkansas when Moctar Riady bought the Little Rock Worthen Bank. James Riady pled guilty to passing illegal money through Hillary and Bill - $450,000 in illegal donations to the DNC.

There is also the matter of ex-Lippo employee John Huang. Huang was also a close friend of the Clintons. John left his six figure job as a VP at the Lippo Group, to take a pay cut, and obtain top secret clearance at the U.S. Commerce Department under Ron Brown. John got the job because of pressure from Hillary Clinton's office. While at the Commerce Department, Huang obtained a wide variety of civilian and commercial data, including details on Patriot missile sales, F-15 and F-16 fighter jet sales, and bribes paid to the Indonesian dictator Suharto. Huang later pled guilty to passing Chinese money into the coffers of the DNC for the Clintons.

Posted by: zenpiper1 | September 21, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What is conspicuous by its absence is the part the Secret Service played (or didn't play) in this story.
What Senator Clinton has, that the other candidates do not, is Secret Service protection. They investigate everybody who comes into contact with the former First Lady. Surely they had to know about Mr. Hsu being a fugitive from justice a long time ago; why wasn't he turned in by them?
Not turning him in is tantamount to harboring a fugitive, which is a felony in and of itself; so why didn't they turn him in? Were they told not to? If so, by whom? Who would have the authority to direct the Secret Service to not report the presents of a felon in the midsts of the Clinton campaign?
The voters deserve an answer to these questions.

Posted by: aimew649 | September 21, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hsu's name is not on this list.

Please call Wolfson back and ask him whether at least $750K has been returned.

Then please independently verify that it has.

Posted by: johnlumea | September 21, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I just went (2 PM 9/21) to the Hillraisers page you linked and could not find Hsu's name anywhere. I searched for "Hsu" and "Norman".

Maybe Clinton returned Hsu's money.

Posted by: bouport | September 21, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone tried to verify if she gave that money to a charity? Which charity? Did anyone verify that she gave any money back to other people? I think the answer probably is closer to her explanation how she made all that cattle futures money.

Posted by: ash173 | September 21, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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