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Another Flaw in Clinton’s Candidacy

Posted by Joshua Price on August 30, 2007

A couple of weeks ago on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Karl Rove, who I have disagreed with on many issues, said the following regarding Hillary Clinton’s ability to win the presidency:

He is correct when he describes her candidacy as being “fatally flawed.” And unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton it just got a lot worse.

A long-time Clinton and Democrat donor, Norman Hsu, has been a fugitive since 1991. According to The New York Times ” Mr. Hsu wrote checks totaling $255,970 to a variety of Democratic candidates and committees. ”

Hsu was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on charges that he defrauded investors in a potential business venture.

The L.A. Times describers further his donation relationship with the Clintons:

As a Democratic rainmaker, Hsu — who graduated from UC Berkeley and the Wharton School of Business — is credited with donating nearly $500,000 to national and local party candidates and their political committees in the last three years. He earned a place in the Clinton campaign’s “HillRaiser” group by pledging to raise more than $100,000 for her presidential bid.

The L.A. Times goes on to cite one of the clear examples of some suspicious behavior that Mr. Hsu had undertaken in his donation efforts:

One example of the kind of first-time donors Hsu has worked with is the Paw family of Daly City, Calif., which is headed by William Paw, a mail carrier, and his wife, Alice, who is listed as a homemaker.

The Paws — seven adults, most of whom live together in a small house near San Francisco International Airport — apparently had never donated to national candidates until 2004. Over a three-year period, they gave $213,000, including $55,000 to Clinton and $14,000 to candidates for state-level offices in New York.

The family includes a son, Winkle Paw, who Barcella said was in business with Hsu. Another son works for a Bay Area school board, while one daughter works for a hospital and another for a computer company.

Whether there is any wrongdoing other than the warrant issued for Mr. Hsu, this example of his “bundling” of donors is quite suspicious.

I find it interesting that New York Governor Elliot Spitzer was quick to come to Hillary’s defense on this issue. He is quoted in the New York Times as saying:

“I think it’s a fair question to ask: was Senator
Clinton’s campaign or any campaign supposed to be doing better than
the authorities in California who theoretically had an open warrant
for this guy and they didn’t do anything? Come on guys, let’s get

This coming from a guy that made his name by going after corporate officers for any little inaccuracy 12 steps down the organizational chart. I’m not condoning any wrongdoing by the corporate officers Spitzer helped convict as Attorney General of New York, but I find it very interesting that he is quick to dismiss the notion that Hillary could have known anything about Mr. Hsu’s background.

Bottom line here is that Hillary continues to add to an already “fatally flawed” campaign.

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