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Update to Clinton fundraiser post
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, October 20, 2007

Yesterday I mentioned the possibility of dubious campaign contributions coming out of the Chinatown area of NYC (as raised by the LA Times). Today the NYT carried the following story:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign returned $7,000 in donations last spring that were linked to a fund-raising event in Chinatown in New York City, campaign officials said yesterday, acknowledging another instance where questionable donors came into Mrs. Clinton’s political orbit.

But unlike Mrs. Clinton’s trouble with the former fund-raiser Norman Hsu — whose extensive legal problems and dubious fund-raising practices came as a surprise — her campaign identified the concerns about the Chinatown fund-raising on its own, campaign officials said.

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that it had reviewed the cases of more than 150 donors apparently linked to the Chinatown event or to Chinese neighborhoods, and that dozens of donors could not be found, were not registered to vote or held jobs that probably did not pay well enough to finance such donations.
For instance:
...if a dishwasher gave $1,000 — the campaign sent letters asking them to affirm in writing that the money was their own.

In seven cases, with donations totaling $7,000, questions were raised, and those donors did not respond to requests to confirm their contributions. That money was then returned.
So of the $380,000, they returned $7,000. Obviously I have no information other than that provided by the NYT so I can only say that there at least seems to be some sort of minimal vetting process at work. And if you believe the Times, the process discovered the problems with some donations and returned the money. Of course, given the Clinton campaign's success in raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions, $7,000 is a real drop in the bucket as far as impact and helps the campaign avoid further scrutiny. Small price to pay.

For those of you wondering why I'd bother to put this up, it's because I feel some responsibility to follow up on a story I've recently posted when new information becomes available. I can't always do that, but I also can't bitch about the media when it doesn't do it if I don't at least try.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Speaking of following up on old stories, do we have any fresh information as regards the donations from Norman Hsu, of which reports had a significant amount still not returned as of two weeks ago?

Given that situation, is there any reason to expect that all of the donations from this latest Chinese eruption to be returned in a timely manner?

Written By: Bithead
The $7K returned sounds like a fig leaf to me.

It will allow her just enough wiggle room to get by on this issue.
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