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More Clinton Fundraiser Quid Pro Quo

- August 7, 2015

Today, Hillary Clinton Will Attend A Fundraiser At The Home Of Texas Businessman Alonzo Cantu. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to come to McAllen on Friday to hold a meeting with state lawmakers and attend a private fundraiser, several sources familiar with the details of the trip said Monday. … Later Friday evening, she is scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the home of McAllen businessman Alonzo Cantu, several sources said Monday." (Carlos Sanchez, "Hillary Clinton Coming To The Valley," The Brownsville Herald, 8/3/15)

  • Cantu Is A "Major Contributor To National, State And Local Democratic Candidates." "Alonzo Cantu is president of Cantu Construction and Development Company in McAllen and a major contributor to national, state and local Democratic candidates. Cantu is a founder, investor and board member of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, a physician-owned hospital that has made headlines in the national health care debate." (Texas Tribune Website, Accessed 3/24/14)

CANTU HOSTED A FUNDRAISER LAST YEAR FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, WHILE BEING A TOP DONOR TO A PRO-CLINTON SUPER-PAC

In March 2014, Cantu Fundraised For The Clinton Foundation At The Same Time He Was A Top Donor To A Pro-Clinton Super PAC. "Hillary Clinton's political and philanthropic interests met Sunday near the tip of South Texas, as she raised money for her family's foundation from a top donor to the Super-PAC trying to entice her to run for president." (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Foundation, 'Ready For Hillary': Cantu Common Angel," Bloomberg, 3/24/14)

Cantu Was A Top Bundler For Clinton's 2008 Campaign And Contributed The Maximum $25,000 To Ready For Hillary. "Cantu, a leading bundler of donations to Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, has given $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary Super-PAC, the maximum contribution accepted by the organization." (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Foundation, 'Ready For Hillary': Cantu Common Angel," Bloomberg, 3/24/14)

Cantu Hosted A Fundraiser For The Clinton Foundation In Conjunction With An Appearance Clinton Made For Doctors Hospital At Renaissance. "Alonzo Cantu, a construction titan and chairman of the board of Lone Star National Bank, hosted a $25,000-per-person VIP dinner for the former first lady's Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in conjunction with a $1,000-per-ticket appearance she made for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, according to The Monitor, a South Texas newspaper." (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Foundation, 'Ready For Hillary': Cantu Common Angel," Bloomberg, 3/24/14)

  • The Fundraiser Cost $1,000 To Attend Or $2,500 To $15,000 For Sponsorship, And Benefactors Paying $25,000 "Received Two Tickets To A VIP Dinner Hosted At Cantu's Home." "A ticket to get into the event cost $1,000 with sponsorship levels ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. For $25,000, a benefactor received two tickets to a VIP dinner hosted at Cantu's home, according to an invitation." (Karan Antonacci, "Hillary Clinton Tells Fundraiser Crowd In Edinburg She'll Decide Soon On 2016 Bid," The Monitor , 3/23/14)

Clinton Spokesman Nick Merrill Refused To Say Whether Clinton Attended The Fundraiser At Cantu's Home. "One thing has nothing to do with the other,' Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said of his boss raising money for the foundation from a top Ready For Hillary donor. 'They are an independent entity acting entirely on their own‎.‎' Merrill declined to confirm whether Clinton attended the private dinner at Cantu's home." (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Foundation, 'Ready For Hillary': Cantu Common Angel," Bloomberg, 3/24/14)

Cantu Was A Big Contributor To Clinton's Failed 2008 Bid For The Presidency

"Mr. Cantu Helped Bundle Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Contributions For Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 Presidential Campaign." (Kevin Sack and David M. Herszenhorn, "Texas Hospital Flexing Muscle In Health Fight," The New York Times, 7/29/09)

  • In The First Nine Months Of Clinton's 2008 Campaign, Cantu Helped Clinton Raise More Than $640,000 From His Small Border Town In Texas. "During the first nine months of this year, Sen. Barack Obama raised just $2,086 for his presidential campaign from people who live in and around this border town of stucco bungalows and weed-covered farm lots, and most candidates raised even less. But Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has already raised more than $640,000 here, and her campaign expects to collect even more. Clinton's success in this unlikely setting is based almost entirely on her friendship with one man, McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu." (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton," The Washington Post, 11/25/07)

CANTU'S PAY TO PLAY activities WERE "PROTECTION MONEY" FOR A "SEAT AT THE TABLE"

In 2007, Cantu Described His Motivation From Contributing To Clinton Is "Attention" And Getting A "Seat At The Table." "Cantu offers a simple explanation for what he's doing for Clinton. 'To me, there's two things that will keep us from being ignored,' he said. 'Money and votes. I think we've shown we can raise money. That will get us attention, or at least get us a seat at the table, get us in the room.'" (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton,"The Washington Post, 11/25/07)

  • Cantu Began Raising Money For Clinton During Her First Senate Campaign. "When Hillary Clinton first ran for the Senate, Cantu began raising money for her." (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton," The Washington Post, 11/25/07)

In 2007, Cantu Mobilized Doctors And Local Leaders To Contribute Money To Clinton's Campaign In An Effort To Stop Legislation Against Doctor-Owned Medical Facilities. "That sounded alarms in Congress, which had taken steps in the past to put restrictions on doctor-owned medical facilities out of fears that if doctors share in the cash flow they generate, they will be tempted to conduct unnecessary procedures. 'It's just a channel through which they get kickbacks,' said Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who inserted language into a larger bill that would force doctor-owned hospitals, such as McAllen's, to restructure. … In an effort to stop the bill, Cantu said, he brought together the doctors and local leaders, and they agreed to try to raise money for Clinton. In addition to making individual contributions bundled by Cantu, the group formed a political action committee, the Border Health PAC, which gave $5,000 to Clinton in July and a total of $25,000 to various members of the Texas congressional delegation." (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton," The Washington Post, 11/25/07)

  • Cantu's Contributions To The Cause Was Referred To As "Protection Money ." "A Longtime Local Surgeon Who Left The Hospital Said Cantu And The Other Hospital Board Members Referred To The Political Contributions As 'Protection Money.'" (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton," The Washington Post, 11/25/07)
  • "'They Said, 'We've Got To Give This Money To Hillary So We Can Be Exempt From The Bill,'' Said The Surgeon, Who Asked That His Name Not Be Used." (Matthew Mosk, "How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton," The Washington Post, 11/25/07)

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