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The China Syndrome
Posted by: McQ on Friday, October 19, 2007

What is with the Clintons and money from Chinese sources?
Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at a dimly lighted apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door.

And again not too far away, at 88 E. Broadway beneath the Manhattan bridge, where vendors chatter in Mandarin and Fujianese as they hawk rubber sandals and bargain-basement clothes.

[...]

Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000. When Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) ran for president in 2004, he received $24,000 from Chinatown.
Why? Well apparently it is a "two-pronged" strategy - Exploit and exploit. Exploit them with pressure and exploit their fear/hopes:
And Clinton's success in gathering money from Chinatown's least-affluent residents stems from a two-pronged strategy: mutually beneficial alliances with powerful groups, and appeals to the hopes and dreams of people now consigned to the margins.

Clinton has enlisted the aid of Chinese neighborhood associations, especially those representing recent immigrants from Fujian province. The organizations, at least one of which is a descendant of Chinatown criminal enterprises that engaged in gambling and human trafficking, exert enormous influence over immigrants. The associations help them with everything from protection against crime to obtaining green cards.

Many of Clinton's Chinatown donors said they had contributed because leaders in neighborhood associations told them to. In some cases, donors said they felt pressure to give.

The other piece of the strategy involves holding out hope that, if Clinton becomes president, she will move quickly to reunite families and help illegal residents move toward citizenship. As New York's junior senator, Clinton has expressed support for immigrants and greater family reunification. She is also benefiting from Chinese donors' naive notions of what she could do in the White House.
The irony is this story comes out on the same day that Paul Krugman is writing about the "Death of the Machine" speaking of the Republican/Karl Rove "machine". No mention of the machine that's been in existence for 16 years and has just laid mostly dormant these last 8. It's back in business with a vengeance and I trust that Krugman will never once take notice of that. Compared to the Clinton Machine, the "Rove Machine" was a tinker toy.

(HT: Joel C)
 
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Nothing to see here. Move along. Remain calm. All is well.
 
Written By: meagain
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I wouldn’t be so sure that is always their own money, but rather a way of laundering an illegal size contribution through many people in legal size bites.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Do W88 missile technology, China, 1996 campaign contributions, and Clinton ring a bell?
 
Written By: Paul
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I wouldn’t be so sure that is always their own money, but rather a way of laundering an illegal size contribution through many people in legal size bites.
I think that goes without saying, so I didn’t. There’s most likely no way people like this could afford such donations but since at this point there is no evident proving that, I’ll leave it to the reader to infer.
 
Written By: McQ
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Plus, Malkin has news of another pyramid schemester for Hillary. I’m sure all these stories are just coming from the swift-boating Rethuglican Wurlitzer, though.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I think that goes without saying, so I didn’t. There’s most likely no way people like this could afford such donations but since at this point there is no evident proving that, I’ll leave it to the reader to infer.
It’s obvious to you and I, and it’s probably obvious to people who are not willing to admit that this is the case, but it seems to me your not saying specifically that this is a money laundering scheme, rather than some case of Chinese immigrant generosity, as the L.A. Times story tried to suggest, leaves the criminals a lot of wiggle room. The Clintons, specifically, and the Democrats in general, have developed a habit of operating within that marginal area between the letter of the law and criminality.
 
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