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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."

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McShame/Falin - a new campaign with each dawning day. No strategy just tactics.

Posted by: DougH1 | October 31, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

HONESTLY, it kinda creeps me out that Barack Obama bought all that TV time on all those networks last night - too much like a Big Brother thing, in the controlling Orwellian sense.

I agree with John Baer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Obama is showing his true self just in time for the voting to begin. If ALL the other RED FLAGS did not ding in, this one and the fact that he is outsourcing his campaign work in Palestine and in other foreign countries surely will.

Obama goes against the very fabric of everything that American was founded upon and everything America stands for.

Obama just lost the few Jewish votes he had since he is involving Palestine and other Arab Nations in trying to "BUY" this election. Obama is outsourcing his campaign to foreign nationals, and ones who are anti-American.

People have forgotten the Third Movement. The US Military vote. No one has asked my opinion in a poll because they don't even know where I am stationed overseas!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Are you? Care to point them out?

So far I don't see them.

"I am sure that violates a few FEC rules,..."
Posted by: sonnychiba72

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Are you? Care to point them out?

So far I don't see them.

"I am sure that violates a few FEC rules,..."
Posted by: sonnychiba72

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

On Oct. 28, 2008, a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama. With a little help from the Internet, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abu Jayab is cold calling random American families from his parent’s home imploring them to vote Obama.

So let me understand this, Barack Obama is outsourcing some of his campaign’s work abroad, to Palestine no less… I am sure that violates a few FEC rules, but doing things by the book has never been Obama’s way, has it?

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

The Wingnuts are seeing their 90's power grap being yanked away from them because of their own incompetence and they're throwing a tantrum. After controlling the white house for the last eight years and controlling congress for ten of the last twelve years they've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservatism is a failed ideology and now they're panicking because they're getting their arses kicked.

Here's some straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Germs!

I give you your 2008 Republican Party!


"This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman (PALIN) who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity."

Here's the rest of the mavericky straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Socialism? Is that all McCain's got left? Can someone PLEASE shout out to him at his next rally:

"Hey old man, it's 2008 - nobody under 45 even knows what that means"!

What's going on with his campaign? I mean it just reeks of obvious desperation.

Why is McCain STILL, 7 days before the election, trying to rally his base? Isn't that what Blunder Woman Palin is for?

Imagine how close this race could have been if the old, moderate, John McCain had popped up after the convention? Imagine the breaking of the tire swing rope as every journalist in sight would have jumped on in sheer exultory delight that the Mac-2000 was back. I want McCain to lose as bad as anyone, but it's almost getting painful, it's like watching a punch drunk fighter get mauled and the ref won't call it.

I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?

So far we've had:

- Ashley the Fraud

- Joe the pretend Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Sarah the Crazy VP pick

- Socialism!!!


Here's the straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

You mean like McCain's pastor Rod Parsley or Palin's witch remover? I think McCain should have been in contact with Palin's preacher Muthee for some of them campaign financing prayers.

""We say grace to be reigned upon her in the name of Jesus," Muthee prayed while Palin bowed her head. "We are asking you as the body of Christ in this valley make a way for Sarah even in the political arena . . . Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus . . . Give her men and women who will buck her up in the name of Jesus . . . Oh, Father, use her to turn this nation the other way around . . . "

"So far, not that unusual. Intercessory public prayer is a common and often powerful form of encouragement and blessing in evangelical or Pentecostal settings, for politicians or anyone else. But Muthee goes on: "In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what you rebuke. In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, father make away now.""

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

If we aligned every candidate with what their minister of their church saying this, and saying that we we have 100s of candidates in line. Its funny when republician presidential candidates stand side-by-side with the likes of Falwell, Robinson, etc. this is not an issue but with Obama its a different story

Posted by: Roberta1 | October 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse



If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.





Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.

Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.

Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.

Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.

Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.

Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.

Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.

Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.

Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.

We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.

Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.

We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.



Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Questions about McCain donors?-quit insulting our intelligence.

Maxed Out Obama Donors’ List Given to Get Around Limits
by MURPHY on OCTOBER 29, 2008
Breaking in Pittsburgh today: “A former staffer for an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now testified today that the organization was provided a “donor list” from the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in late 2007 for fundraising efforts.

Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C. staffer for Project Vote, which she described as a sister organization of ACORN, said her supervisor told her the list of campaign contributors came from the Obama campaign. Moncrief said she has a copy of a “development plan” that outlines how Obama contributors who had “maxed out” under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors.”

Let’s Play Connect the Dots!

This list was given to ACORN before the Primaries. BEFORE the primaries had even started. Which means the Obama Campaign was showering cash on ACORN (through its Donor Lists) before the Primaries even started. Do you think the people who run ACORN could see, way back in December 2007, which side their bread would be buttered on? Get out the vote for Obama = LOTSA CASH! Get out the vote for all Democrats = THANKLESS CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. What to do, what to do.

So, ya think there may be any ties between the Obama Campaign, ACORN, and the widespread and credible allegations of OUTRAGEOUS FRAUD during the Caucuses? Remember the story from Alabama about ACORN workers paying people to vote in the Democratic Primary? Gee, I wonder WHICH CANDIDATE they were paying people to vote for??

Posted by: thejaner | October 29, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Funny how every time McCain's camp attacks Obama it turns out there is something even worse hidding behind their false smiles. Here they are throwing a fit about Obama's fund raising, where donations average close to $80.00... while they were taking that kind of money from a single questionable person? Unreal.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | October 29, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the gaming industry's favorite. No surprise here.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that Sen. Obama's adopted hometown paper comes up with something after questions arise about Sen. Obama's fundraising.....which, while a big story, seems to have disappeared off of the Post's homepage.

Posted by: kolbkl | October 29, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

We all know McCain is a gambler. How money does McCain owe to this sleezeball, and what did he promise after the election? Once again McCain has shown that he has no values, and will do anything for a buck. Just like any typical gambler.

Posted by: August30 | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Lies, lies, and more lies...I guess what's good for the goose is not so good for the gander, huh McEndofYourRoad, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008

"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008

"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008

McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.

It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.

McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hao is McCain's bookie.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Rogers, anyone?

"You gotta know when to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away,
Know when to run..."


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Rogers, anyone?

"You gotta know when to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away,
Know when to run..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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