Posted: August 30, 2007 5:34 PM
Clinton Donates Money Raised by Indicted Fundraiser
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign will donate to charity at least $23,000 received from indicted New York businessman Norman Hsu, one of its leading fundraisers. A warrant for Hsu’s arrest went out in California after he failed to appear at a sentencing hearing for defrauding investors.
There was no evidence to suggest that the Clinton campaign had any prior knowledge of inappropriate action on Hsu’s part.
The story won front-pages spots on both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reported on some irregular donation patterns, while a Los Angeles Times detailed Hsu’s legal problems, referring to him Aug. 29 as “a fugitive in plain sight.”
During the week, Clinton got mixed reviews from organized labor. On Aug. 28 she scored a big union endorsement from the United Transportation Union, which represents about 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus and public transit workers. She picked up more support Thursday when the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, one of the major industrial trade unions in the U.S., announced it would back Clinton’s candidacy.
President Tom Buffenbarger noted, “She is the only candidate of either party to come forward with a comprehensive manufacturing policy and the only candidate to connect with millions of Americans who feel invisible to the current administration.” The IAM is made up of some 700,000 members involved in airlines, aerospace, manufacturing, railroad, woodworking and shipbuilding.
However, it wasn’t all good news for the New York senator. Presidential hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., won the backing of the 280,000-member International Association of Firefighters:http on Aug. 28. The IAFF is widely credited with helping Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry win the Iowa caucuses in 2004 with its influential endorsement.
Separately, the campaign posted a video on its Web site to mark last week’s endorsement by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.