Carol Platt Liebau: Deja Vu All Over Again

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Deja Vu All Over Again

What a surprise. There are some compelling questions being raised about Senator Clinton's fundraising, outlined in this piece from The Wall Street Journal (subscription only).

Here's a brief excerpt:

Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

What's interesting is this:

It isn't obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative.

Oh, and this, too:

The Paws' political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records.

Does it ever end with the Clintons? John Edwards and Barack Obama must be licking their chops. A story like this one reminds everyone of the tedious Clinton years, with the sale of the Lincoln bedroom, the Chinese fundraising scandal, Clinton White House staff soliciting and accepting donations on the job and so much, much more.

Of course, this isn't the first time questions about laundered contributions have been raised in the context of Clintonian fundraising.


Blogger Greg said...

"Culture of Corruption" indeed!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Read the last three paragraphs for the facts:

In 2004, the entire Paw Family donated $ 3,600 to Kerry.

This year, each Paw Family member donated $ 4,600 each to Hillary (legal limit).

But, but, they are Chinese decedents who immigrated to the US in 25 years ago. But, but, the head of household is a postal worker.
I personally know a few postal workers that are multi-millionaires. They made most of their money with good investing and frugal lifestyles.

Interesting to see how quickly WSJ turns into Murdoch's BS news like FOX.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

If we think that a crime has been committed, then let's investigate and, if enough evidence is developed, let's indict the wrongdoer. Until that investigation is carried out, this all remains idle rumormongering.

11:29 AM  

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