Wednesday, August 29, 2007

McCain-Feingold, where would we be without it?

Campaign Reform Finance's fiercest partisans fined for, wait for it ... campaign finance violations. Soros-linked group hit with huge fine

Do any of you people who praised this abominable violation of the First Amendment get it yet? Campaign Finance Reform was NOT about campaign financing. It was about George Soros making his money go farther by eliminating yours from the competition.

America Coming Together (ACT) raised $137 million for its get-out-the-vote effort in 2004, but the FEC found most of that cash came through contributions that violated federal limits.

The group's big donors included George Soros, Progressive Corp. chairman Peter Lewis and the Service Employees International Union.
Meanwhile, in Daly City, California - which only sounds like it was named after Chicago's mayoral dynasty - we have the Paw family. There are six of them. Among them, they've donated $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign since 2005.
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.
Mr. Hsu is also a convicted felon who is wanted by the State of California.
For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.

"He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. "Do you know where he is?"

Hsu, it seems, has been hiding in plain sight, at least for the last three years.

Since 2004, one Norman Hsu has been carving out a prominent place of honor among Democratic fundraisers. He has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into party coffers, much of it earmarked for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Well, we know where he was The Clinton campaign had this to say in Mr. Hsu's defense:
"Norman Hsu is a longtime and generous supporter of the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Sen. Clinton," Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the campaign, said Tuesday. "During Mr. Hsu's many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them."
Felony convictions for grand theft apparently don't count against your integrity, even while they may demonstrate your commitment to the Clintons.

Update
: 8:11PM Thanks for the reminder to Republican Michigander.

Unaccountably, I forgot to add this earlier, Fieger faces indictment over campaign funds. That's former Democrat Gubernatorial candidate and trial lawyer extraordinaire, Geoffrey Fieger. Jack Kevorkian could not be reached for comment.

1 comment:

RightMichigan.com said...

And the recipient of Fieger's illegal campaign cash? John "No more SUV's" Edwards.

Unlike Hillary in today's cartoon, he refuses to give back ANY of his laundered cash.

--Nick
www.RightMichigan.com