Saturday, October 20, 2007

Draining Hillary Clinton's Swamp: More Bogus Donors

After the revelation that the Paw family of San Francisco -- whose head of household earned $49,000 -- had donated around $200,000 to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, I created a satirical, illustrated piece called Hillary Clinton's A-List Donors.

It turns out I was prescient. To its credit, the left-leaning Los Angeles Times took a hard look at Hillary Clinton's Chinatown donors in a recent expose entitled "An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton". The money parapraphs:

The Times examined the cases of more than 150 donors who provided checks to Clinton after fundraising events geared to the Chinese community. One-third of those donors could not be found using property, telephone or business records. Most have not registered to vote, according to public records...

The tenement at 44 Henry St. was listed in Clinton's campaign reports as the home of Shu Fang Li, who reportedly gave $1,000... In a recent visit, a man, apparently drunk, was asleep near the entrance to the neighboring beauty parlor, the Nice Hair Salon... A tenant living in the apartment listed as Li's address said through a translator that she had not heard of him, although she had lived there for the last 10 years.

A man named Liang Zheng was listed as having contributed $1,000. The address given was a large apartment building on East 194th Street in the Bronx, but no one by that name could be located there...

In the busy heart of East Broadway, beneath the Manhattan Bridge, is a building that is listed as the home of Sang Cheung Lee, also reported to have given $1,000. Trash was piled in the dimly lighted entrance hall. Neighbors said they knew of no one with Lee's name there; they knocked on one another's doors in a futile effort to find him.

Salespeople at a store on Canal Street were similarly baffled when asked about Shih Kan Chang, listed as working there and having given $1,000. The store sells purses, jewelry and novelty Buddha statues. Employees said they had not heard of Chang...

After the costly Norman Hsu debacle, you'd have thought the Clinton Machine would attempt to cleanse the donor pool of obviously suspect contributions.

Instead, it's just another chapter in the same, monotonous story. More dirty money funneled to the Clintons, much of with it either direct or indirect ties to China. Just what is it with the Clintons and China? It may take a lot more digging to find out.

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