Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hillary Clinton's Nineteen Hundreth Ethical Lapse

Larry Craig's bathroom liason has received most of the scandal attention. Yet, while Craig's scandal is not only sexual in nature but gay at that, he is an obscure Congressperson from a tiny state. What is currently still flying under the radar is the newest scandal involving Hillary Clinton.

The Wall Street Journal picks up the story...

One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton
is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San
Francisco International Airport.
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.

it continues...

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. Alice Paw, also 64, is a
homemaker. The couple's grown children have jobs ranging from account manager at
a software company to "attendance liaison" at a local public high school. One is
listed on campaign records as an executive at a mutual fund.
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. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for
Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her
most prominent money-raising events.

Of course, nothing in politics is obvious, however I have my suspicions about how a family of modest income affords such lavish campaign contributions. In my business, we have something called a straw buyer. This appears, to me at least, to be a straw campaign contributor. This family was used hide contributions from a contributor who wanted to remain under the radar and most likely also to circumvent campaign finance laws. Unlike Whitewater, this potential scandal can easily be followed from point a to point b to point c.

Let's see, an ex felon curries favor of a major political player. He contributes his own money and then uses a family, whose son he employs, to contribute extra cash. This family can not possibly have enough money on their own, and yet they contribute hundreds of thousands to this politician's campaign. Oh, and did I mention, that this family just happens to live at the same address that this other, murky, contributor also used to call his own residence? Gee, I wonder what happened?

What is really interesting is who is and isn't following the story. Here it is on fox news. Here it is on CNN...oh you didn't find anything, well that's because as of posting it isn't there.

Here it is at conservative blog, Redstate, and here it is at Daily Kos, oh there again, it hasn't been touched yet.

For further reference, hotair, michelle malkin, and captain's quarters.

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