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6 Campaign Fundraisers For Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Have Since Been Arrested

- October 11, 2015

In 2008, One Of The Biggest Fears Of The Clinton Campaign Was The “Sort Of Fund-Raising Scandal That Would Echo The Clinton-Era Controversies of The 1990s.” “Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was money, friends and advisers say. Some sort of fund-raising scandal that would echo the Clinton-era controversies of the 1990s and make her appear greedy or ethically challenged.” (Patrick Healy, “Clinton Sees Fear Realized In Trouble With Donor,” The New York Times, 9/12/07)

Norman Hsu

Norman Hsu Served As A “HillRaiser” For Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. “The presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York had enlisted Mr. Hsu as a Hillraiser, a major bundler of donations from others.” (“Fugitive Fund-Raiser Held In Colorado,” The New York Times, 9/7/07)

  • Hsu Raised Over $850,000 For Clinton. “Feds said Hsu - who raised more than $850,000 for Clinton before being jailed last month on charges related to a different investment scheme - hoodwinked victims into pouring money into two bogus investment companies.” (Kati Cornell and Leonard Greene, “$60M ‘Pol’ Ponzi - Hsu Duped Investors To Aid Hill: Feds,” New York Post, 9/21/07)

In 2009, Hsu Was Sentenced To 24 Years In Federal Prison For “Illegally Funneling Money” To Political Candidates And For Running A Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme. “A federal judge Tuesday sentenced Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu to more than 24 years in prison for illegally funneling money to U.S. political candidates and for defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. The sentence of 292 months, handed down in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan by Judge Victor Marrero, was less than the 30 years that the prosecution had requested.” (Chris Herring, “Democratic Donor Gets 24-Year Term,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/30/09)

Sant Singh Chatwal

Singh Was A “Key Donor And Fundraiser” For Clinton’s 2008 Campaign. “Late last week Sant Chatwal Singh, a prominent Indian American hotelier who was a key donor and fundraiser for Hilary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run in 2008, pleaded guilty in a straw donor scheme.” (Megha Bahree, “Sant Chatwal: An Indian American Hotelier’s Fall From Grace,” Forbes, 4/22/14)

Last Year, Singh Chatwal Was Sentenced To Three Years Of Probation For Skirting Campaign Finance Laws. “A Democratic fund-raiser and high-profile hotelier, Sant Singh Chatwal, who had pleaded guilty to skirting federal campaign-finance laws and witness tampering, avoided being sent to prison on Thursday, despite facing a possible sentence of more than five years. Judge I. Leo Glasser, of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, sentenced Mr. Chatwal to three years of probation. The judge described Mr. Chatwal's crimes as an ''aberrance,'' and seemed swayed by the 272 letters written on his behalf; by the argument that his grown sons needed Mr. Chatwal's help at home; and by the fact that Mr. Chatwal did not seem to personally benefit from his campaign contributions.” (Stephanie Clifford, “Hotelier Is Sentenced To 3 Years’ Probation For Violating Campaign Finance Laws,” The New York Times, 12/19/14)

  • In April 2014, Chatwal – Who Raised At Least $100,000 For Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign – Pled Guilty To Witness Tampering And Conspiracy To Evade Campaign Finance Laws.  “He pleaded guilty in April to sending more than $180,000 in campaign contributions from 2007 to 2011 to three federal candidates, identified as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Representative Kendrick B. Meek of Florida.” (Stephanie Clifford, “Hotelier Is Sentenced To 3 Years’ Probation For Violating Campaign Finance Laws,” The New York Times, 12/19/14)

Jeffrey Thompson

Thompson Was A “HillRaiser” For Clinton’s 2008 Campaign. “Several million in pledges were made at a Washington meeting hosted Friday by Bill Clinton that included about 60 high-profile ‘HillRaisers,’ including Bernard Schwartz, Gerald Harrington, Robert Raymar, Robert Zimmerman, Hassan Nemazee and Jeffrey Thompson.” (Glenn Thrush, “Over By Feb. 5th? Not So Fast,” Chicago Tribune’s “The Swamp” Blog, 1/15/08)

“The D.C. Businessman At The Center Of An Ongoing City Corruption Investigation Secretly Spent More Than A Half-Million Dollars On Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts For Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, According To Interviews And Court Documents Filed Wednesday.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

  • In 2008, Thompson Allegedly “Financed An Independent Effort To Reach Urban Voters On Behalf Of Clinton In Texas And At Least Three Other States.” “Jeffrey E. Thompson, a former city contractor who allegedly financed a secret campaign for then-mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D) in 2010, financed an independent effort to reach urban voters on behalf of Clinton in Texas and at least three other states during the 2008 Democratic primaries, according to the interviews and documents.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

Hassan Nemazee

Hassan Nemazee Was A Bundler For Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — whose campaigns for Senate and for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination accepted $8,300 from Nemazee, in addition to the $100,000 he bundled from other donors for her presidential campaign — has not responded to inquiries about what she’ll do with that cash.” (Kenneth P. Vogel, “President Obama, DNC Give Up Hassan Nemazee Donations,” Politico, 8/28/09)

In 2010, Nemazee Was Sentenced To Prison For 12 Years And Was Ordered To Pay Reinstitution Of Over $292 Million For Defrauding Three Major Banks. “Former political fundraiser Hassan Nemazee was sentenced Thursday to 144 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York and to the FBI. Nemazee, 60, a New York resident pleaded guilty in March to multiple charges stemming from over a decade of defrauding three major banks, scamming them out nearly $300 million. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein, who imposed the sentence, ordered Nemazee to pay restitution of more than $292 million to the defrauded banks and to serve three years of supervised release after his prison time.” (Monika Plocienniczak and Evan Buxbaum, “Manhattan Banker Sentenced To 12 Years For Nearly $300 Million Fraud,” CNN, 7/15/10)

William Danielczyk

William Danielczyk Was A Bundler For Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. “The boss is William Danielczyk, founder of a Washington-area private-equity firm and a major fund-raising ‘bundler’ for Mrs. Clinton.” (Brody Mullins and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan, “Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/07)

  • Danielczyk Contributed Over $186,000 In Illegal Funds To Hillary Clinton’s Campaigns. “Danielczyk and Biagi admitted they used corporate funds to reimburse a total of $186,600 to the two campaigns.” (Press Release, “Two Virginia Businessmen Sentenced for Illegally Reimbursing Campaign Contributions,” The FBI, 5/31/13)

In May 2013, Danielczyk Was Sentenced To “Two Years And Four Months In Federal Prison.” “A Northern Virginia businessman convicted of illegally funneling cash from his banking firm to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s senate and presidential campaigns was sentenced to two years and four months in federal prison Friday — bringing to a conclusion a case that drew national attention as it briefly challenged a longtime federal ban on corporate donations to political candidates, authorities said. William P. Danielczyk Jr., 51, the founder of a McLean-based banking firm known as Galen Capital Group, had pleaded guilty in February to one count of making illegal conduit campaign contributions.” “Matt Zapotosky, “28-Month Sentence For Businessman Who Funneled Cash To Hillary Clinton Campaigns,” The Washington Post, 5/31/13)

Evan Snapper

Snapper “Pleaded Guilty To Causing The Hillary Clinton For President Committee To ‘Unwittingly’ Submit False Statements To The Federal Election Commission, The U.S. Justice Department Said.” “A former principal of wealth management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, Evan Snapper, pleaded guilty to causing the Hillary Clinton for President Committee to ‘unwittingly’ submit false statements to the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Justice Department said.” (Tom Schoenberg, “Former Clinton Backer Pleads Guilty To False Reports,” Bloomberg, 1/3/11)

  • Snapper Illegally Funneled Nearly $50,000 To Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. “In another case involving Clinton’s campaign in January, a former business manager for crime novelist Patricia Cornwell pleaded guilty to lying about the source of nearly $50,000 in donations to Clinton. Prosecutors said Evan Snapper used funds from Cornwell to reimburse donors without the novelist’s knowledge.” (Dan Eggen, “Several Big Donors To Hillary Clinton Now Facing Criminal Allegations,” The Washington Post, 2/21/11)

In 2011, Snapper Was Sentenced To Three Years Of Probation. “Evan H. Snapper received three years of probation at his sentencing last week in U.S. District Court in Washington after saying he made the contributions as an “ill-advised favor” to Ms. Cornwell.” (Jim McElhatton, “Clinton Fundraiser Gets Probation In Coverup,” The Washington Times, 7/5/11) 


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