Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, October 19, 2007

It Isn't Just That Hillary's Money Is So Dirty

Somebody needs to ask why is it that China is pouring so much illegal money into the campaign coffers of Democrats, especially the Clintons.

Now we learn that vast sums of money are apparently being funnels into Hillary's presidential campaign through straw donors who could not possibly donate that much of their own money.

What is this money buying?

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.

At this point in the presidential campaign cycle, Clinton has raised more money than any candidate in history. Those dishwashers, waiters and street stall hawkers are part of the reason. 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.

Clearly, Norman Hsu, like Johnny Chung before him, is only the tip of a very, very large iceberg.

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