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Who are these people?

September 11, 2007

Back when Sen. Hillary Clinton was searching for a campaign song for her Presidential run she should have considered the Who’s Who Are You?

Not knowing, or at least claiming not to know, the backgrounds of some of the people who raise money for her campaign has, once again, bitten a Clinton in the butt.

So Hillary is returning $850,000 on campaign donations brought in by Norman Hsu, a criminal on the lam recently nabbed in Colorado.

As John Soloman and Anne E. Komblut report in today’s Washington Post:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton announced last night that she will return $850,000 in campaign donations solicited by Norman Hsu, severing ties with a top fundraiser who was jailed last week after attempting to flee from criminal charges in California.

The refunds, among the largest in political history, come after weeks of reports about Hsu’s controversial history and murky business practices. Clinton officials said that the senator, acting out of “an abundance of caution,” had directed the campaign to return donations from about 260 contributors tied to Hsu because of his apparent involvement in an illegal investment scheme.

The campaign would not identify the donors involved.

Aides also said the campaign will begin conducting criminal background checks on big fundraisers to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.

Hsu was wanted on a 15-year-old warrant issued in California; after turning himself in to authorities last week, he did not appear at a hearing and later fell ill on a train ride through Colorado, where he was taken into custody.

The Hsu scandal has brought unwelcome reminders for Clinton of her husband’s fundraising controversies in the 1990s, including an episode involving a Little Rock businessman named Charlie Trie. The Clinton legal fund returned or refused to accept at least $640,000 from Trie after allegations that he funneled phony donations from contributors who could not afford to write big checks.

As The Who sings:

Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?

Maybe it’s time to ask the same thing about Hillary.

2 Responses to Who are these people?

  1. pupnannie

    September 11, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I’m sure that the candidates, any of them, not just Hillary Clinton, aren’t aware of where every penny that comes into their campaign comes from. She is returning the money so lets give her credit for that. As for Hsu, he has given to more candidates then Senator Clinton. Why don’t we hear about the rest of them. It is just that Senator Clinton is in the lead and so everyone says “Let’s get Hillary”….I think it is time to let the Clintons, both of them, do their work and get credit for it. Not just get credit for things that go wrong. How about bush….he has done NOTHING right since being in office but has never had the scrutiny that he Clintons have had. Where’s the justice….Wake up…

  2. JudyB

    September 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Following a candidates money trail is VERY important. Campaign finance managers are kept busy following reports of recieving money from sources they do not want their candidates names associtated with. If a candidate does discover funds from an unsavory source they should return said funds. That is exactly what Clinton did..so where is the story??? GIVE ME A BREAK!