Questions Raised About a Major McCain Donor
Updated 4:44 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
The Chicago Tribune today raised questions about the foreign connections of a major contributor to Sen. John McCain.
The contributor, Shi Sheng Hao, who is identified in finance records as a resident of Roselle, Illinois, has donated more than $110,000 to Republicans this election cycle, including $70,100 to McCain's Victory Committee. The committee accepts contributions on behalf of McCain's campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties and is not bound by individual contribution limits.
The Tribune reported that Hao, who identifies himself in the McCain contribution records as president of AAEC, did not appear to reside at the modest Midwestern home listed as his address on campaign documents. There is no record of Hao making political donations prior to this year.
Court records reviewed by The Post describe a man by the same name as heading up a Macau corporation, the Asian American Entertainment Corporation, Ltd.
That company entered into a deal with prominent Republican donor Sheldon Adelson and his firm, the Las Vegas Sands Corp., to open a casino in Macau, a gambling mecca off the Southeast Coast of China that is a Chinese special administrative region like Hong Kong.
But the two companies wound up in court last year after AAEC was cut out of the Macao casino deal.
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case brought by AAEC, which the court described as "a business affiliate" of China Development Industrial Bank, which provided access to capital for the development of a gaming resort, as well as for non-gaming economic investment opportunities.
The Tribune described the bank as "a finance arm of the Taiwanese government" and said corporation papers filed in the case list Hao as a resident of Taiwan.
Efforts to reach Hao have been unsuccessful.
Officials with the RNC said they had not yet looked into the case, but they said they wondered if there would be interest in Hao's background if his name was John Smith.
Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, said the campaign has determined that Hao is a registered voter in Illinois and has had a driver's license there.
"We take campaign finance law very seriously," Rogers said. "Obviously when matters like this are brought to our attention, we make sure we do our due diligence. At the same time, I think the idea that just because somebody has a foreign last name and contributed to the campaign, that he should receive some sort of special scrutiny, I think is unAmerican. I think people have got to be careful."
A review of contributions indicate Hao has raised at least $190,000 for McCain's campaign and the RNC. His name does not appear on the McCain campaign web site under bundlers who have raised that amount.
Rogers said that is not surprising. "You've got to sign up to be part of our bundling program. It's really a self-selective program where you work with the campaign to raise money. You sign up and you get a number and you are part of the team. He has not been a part of that program."
Posted at 4:21 PM ET on Oct 29, 2008
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