Shock: Another Shady Clinton Fundraiser Exposed

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We’re still more than a year away from the presidential election, but the weird stories about the Clintons’ shady fundraisers are already coming out. This time it’s Norman Hsu (pictured above with Mrs.Clinton), a fugitive who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats, particularly Hillary Clinton:

For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.

“He is a fugitive,” Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. “Do you know where he is?”

Hsu, it seems, has been hiding in plain sight, at least for the last three years.

Since 2004, one Norman Hsu has been carving out a prominent place of honor among Democratic fundraisers. He has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into party coffers, much of it earmarked for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

In addition to making his own contributions, Hsu has honed the practice of assembling packets of checks from contributors who bear little resemblance to the usual Democratic deep pockets: A self-described apparel executive with a variety of business interests, Hsu has focused on delivering hefty contributions from citizens who live modest lives and are neophytes in the world of campaign giving.

Hat tip: Bryan at Hot Air.

Why can’t the Clintons do anything without it looking so damn shady? Everything about them smells like deceit. A commenter at Hot Air notes this story that got absolutely no attention:

Hillary Clinton’s former finance director, David Rosen, was indicted on January 7, 2005 on campaign finance charges related to a fund-raising event produced by Peter F. Paul. Paul, a former felon who was convicted on stock fraud charges after being extradited from Brazil, stated that he spent $1.2 million to produce the August 12, 2000 Hollywood Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton event, which was both a tribute to honor President Clinton and a fundraiser for the First Lady’s 2000 Senate campaign. The Justice Department indictment charged Rosen with filing false reports with the Federal Election Commission by reporting only $400,000 in contributions. On May 27, 2005, the jury acquitted Rosen on all counts.[27] On January 5, 2006 it was reported that Clinton’s campaign group agreed to pay a $35,000 fine related to the underreporting of the fundraiser’s expenses. [28]

Peter Paul has also filed a civil suit in this matter.[29] On April 10, 2006, the judge in charge of the case removed Hillary Clinton as a defendant, citing a lack of evidence. However, she may still be called to testify as a witness in the case. [30]

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Remember the names John Huang, Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie, Johnny Chung, and Maria Hsia? Take a look at these archived stories from the Washington Post about the Clinton’s 1996 reelection fundraising scandal. In article after article, we read of all the illegal donations that these four funneled into the Clinton-Gore reelection coffers and the indictments and guilty pleas that followed.

Here we are, eleven years later. Hillary Clinton hasn’t even won the Democratic nomination, but already the stench of Clinton fundraising sleaze is wafting heavily from her direction.

Paul wonders aloud: Was Hillary tipped these stories were coming? About 3-4 days ago Hillary started beating the drum that she was used to fighting the “GOP attack machine.” Doth she protest too much? If I were a Democrat about now, I’d be questioning the timing.

Paul Adds: Suspicion confirmed.

“I have been blessed by what this country has given me and have tried to give back in many ways,” Mr. Hsu said in an email to a Wall Street Journal reporter earlier this week.

I knew I smelled a Clintonian set-up.

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