Hillary Vows To Give [At Least Some Of] Hsu Contributions To Charity
That's according to Fox News Channel. An AP story details other Democratic candidates making similar similar gestures., upon learning of Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu's fugitive status stemming from an unserved 3-year prison term Hsu won for grand theft swindling back in 1992.
Al Franken, a Senate candidate in Minnesota, Rep. Michael Honda of California and Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania said they would divest their campaigns of donations from Norman Hsu, whose legal encounters and links to other Democratic donors have drawn public scrutiny in the past two days.
But what will they do about the contributions Hsu fetched on their behalf from other donors? The Paw family alone, despite their apparently limited economic means, have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hsu's favored candidates (frequently on the same day Hsu chose to make his own - often maxed out - contributions). The curiously bountiful Paws are currently Hillary's third highest contributing household in the country.
Will Hillary and Mr. Hsu's associates' many other beneficiaries - Democratic candidates scattered throughout the country seeking every office from Assembly to Mayor to Governor to President - wait for the FEC's investigation (or any investigations taken up by state election boards) to sort out which contributions were legitimate and which may have been illegally obfuscated Hsu money? Or will they choose to err on the side of propriety and cast off all the suspicious funds?
The latter might be tough, as the dollar amounts involved are substantial, frequently outweighing Hsu's declared contributions severalfold.
Update: Well, there's our answer.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will give to charity the $23,000 in donations that she has received from a fundraiser who is wanted in California for failing to appear for sentencing on a 1991 grand theft charge.
Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said the $23,000 included contributions from Hsu to Clinton's presidential campaign, her Senate re-election and her political action committee. The campaign did not plan to return any money Hsu raised from other donors, Singer said.
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