Clinton Gives Back Fugitive Hsu's Cash
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will give to charity the $23,000 in donations she has received from a fundraiser who is wanted in California for failing to appear for sentencing on a 1991 grand theft charge.
The decision came Wednesday as other Democrats began distancing themselves from Norman Hsu, whose legal encounters and links to other Democratic donors have drawn public scrutiny in the past two days.
Al Franken, a Senate candidate in Minnesota, Reps. Michael Honda and Doris Matsui of California and Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania said they would divest their campaigns of Hsu’s donations.
Meanwhile, Media Matters notes that Hsu’s lawyer says that the family that donated $45K to Hillary has more than enough means to do so and told the Wall Street Journal as much…
Indeed, Lawrence Barcella, a Washington attorney representing Mr. Hsu, said in an August 28 statement, posted on Talkleft.com, that he offered to provide it: “I told the reporter [presumably Mullins] and his editor that I had reviewed the Paw’s [sic] financial records, which clearly demonstrated that they easily had the financial wherewithal to make any level of contributions. … I asked the reporter, in the presence of his editor, if I got permission to let them see the Paws’ financial information, which shows their resources, would they not run the story? His editor responded 3 times that they were running the story anyway.” The August 28 article did not address the purported offer of the Paws’ private financial information.
More as it develops…