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Reliving Hillary’s History: When Clinton Fundraisers Found Themselves In Court

- May 8, 2014

As Speculation About A 2016 Clinton Bid Builds, A Look Back On Some Of Her Notable Presidential Donors 

THIS WEEK MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF CLINTON’S MOST NOTORIOUS DONOR’S GUILTY PLEA

In May 2009, Clinton Donor Norman Hsu Pled Guilty To Running A Ponzi Scheme That Defrauded Investors Of At Least $20 Million. “Disgraced top Democratic Party fundraiser, Norman Hsu, pled guilty Thursday to charges of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of at least $20 million.” (Richard Esposito and Maddy Sauer, Infamous Clinton Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme,” ABC News, 5/7/09)

  • “The Government Asserted That Hsu Intertwined His Scheme With His Political Activity And Pressured His Investors To Contribute To His Favorite Political Candidates, Including Then Senator Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign.” (Richard Esposito and Maddy Sauer, Infamous Clinton Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme,” ABC News, 5/7/09)

Hsu Was Indicted On Ten Counts Of Mail And Wire Fraud After A “Suspicious Pattern Of Bundled Campaign Contributions In 2007 Raised Alarms.” “Hsu, 58, has been in jail since his arrest in 2007. He told a federal judge that he is pleading to ten counts of mail and wire fraud. Hsu was indicted after a suspicious pattern of bundled campaign contributions in 2007 raised alarms.” (Richard Esposito and Maddy Sauer, Infamous Clinton Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme,” ABC News, 5/7/09)

  • It Was Also Discovered That Hsu Had Been A Fugitive For A 1992 Warrant Involving A Fraud Scheme. “Mr. Hsu has been hospitalized since last week in Colorado, where he surfaced after failing to show up for a California court hearing days before. Mr. Hsu had been wanted in California since 1992 when he missed another court date, and apparently fled to his native Hong Kong, instead of face up to three years in prison for a fraud conviction.” (Patrick Healy, “Clinton To Return All Hsu-Tainted Money,” The New York Times, 9/10/07)
  • In September 2009, Hsu Was Sentenced To 24 Years In Prison. “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.” (Chris Herring, “Democratic Donor Gets 24-Year Term,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/30/09)

“In The Months Prior To His Arrest In 2007 He Had Become A Top Fundraiser For Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign And Co-Hosted A Fundraiser With Billionaire Clinton Supporter Ron Burkle.”(Richard Esposito and Maddy Sauer, Infamous Clinton Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme,” ABC News, 5/7/09)

  • Hsu Reportedly Raised Well Over $1 Million For Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. “Hsu reportedly raised well over $1 million for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, by eliciting donations from others and giving generously from his own pockets. Questions have been raised in the last few days about many big contributions from Hsu’s contributors, which appeared incommensurate with the modest incomes of the individuals and families who gave them.” (Justin Rood, “Dem Fundraiser Turns Himself In,” ABC News, 8/31/07)
  • During The Trial, Prosecutors Played A Voice-Mail Left By Clinton During Which She Thanked Hsu For His Loyalty And For “Working So Hard” For Her. “During his trial in May, the government introduced a voice-mail message of support to Mr. Hsu left by Mrs. Clinton. ‘What am I going to do with you, Norman? You are working so hard for me,’ Mrs. Clinton said. ‘I just don't even know what to say anymore. I've never seen anybody who has been more loyal and more effective and really just having greater success supporting someone than you.’” (Chris Herring, “Democratic Donor Gets 24-Year Term,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/30/09)

Clinton Was Forced To Return “Approximately $850,000 To About 260 Donors” Who Were Linked To Hsu. “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign announced tonight that it would return approximately $850,000 to about 260 donors who had been recruited or tapped by Norman Hsu, the disgraced Clinton campaign fundraiser who recently fled arrest and is now under investigation for his fundraising practices.” (Patrick Healy, “Clinton To Return All Hsu-Tainted Money,” The New York Times, 9/10/07)

Fundraising Scandals From Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Are Still Emerging

In April Of This Year, Democrat Fundraiser Sant Singh 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.  “A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws. Sant Singh Chatwal was accused of working with an unidentified informant to use straw donors to make contributions to three unnamed political candidates. He also was accused of trying to persuade a witness to not speak to the FBI. Chatwal raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.” (Tom Hays, “Major Democratic Donor Indicted Over Campaign Contributions,” The Associated Press, 4/17/14)

In March, Embroiled D.C. Businessman Jeffery Thompson, Pleaded Guilty To Illegally Funneling Money To Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Bid. “D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson pleaded guilty on Monday to illegally funneling more than $2 million to Vincent C. Gray’s successful 2010 mayoral bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential run and the campaigns of other candidates in local and federal elections.” (Emma Brown and Marc Fisher, “Jeffrey Thompson’s Plea Deal: Key Details,” The Washington Post, 3/10/14)

  • In 2008, Longtime Clinton Adviser Minyon Moore “Personally Sought And Secured” $608,750 From Thompson As Funding For A Pro-Clinton Shadow Campaign In Four States And Puerto Rico. “A longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton personally sought and secured the funding for an illegal shadow operation to boost Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, according to court papers released as part of a wide-reaching campaign finance scandal. Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who pleaded guilty Monday on federal conspiracy charges in a case that has focused largely on District Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 election, told federal prosecutors that Clinton aide Minyon Moore asked him to fund pro-Clinton efforts in four states and Puerto Rico totaling $608,750 during the hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the documents show.” (Matea Gold and Rosalin Helderman, “Hillary Clinton Adviser Minyon Moore Sought Funds For Illegal Campaign, Court Papers Allege,” The Washington Post, 3/11/14)
  • Court Documents Suggest That Moore Played A “Far More Intimate Role In The Off-The-Books Campaign That Was Previously Known – Securing The Money And Helping Guide The Strategy By Feeding Internal Campaign Documents And Receiving Messages About The Media Coverage.” “But Thompson, in his discussions with authorities, depicted Moore as playing a far more intimate role in the off-the-books campaign than was previously known — securing the money and helping guide the strategy by feeding internal campaign documents and receiving messages about the media coverage.” (Matea Gold and Rosalin Helderman, “Hillary Clinton  Adviser Minyon Moore Sought Funds For Illegal Campaign, Court Papers Allege,” The Washington Post, 3/11/14)

In May Of Last Year, Clinton Ally William P. Danielczyk Jr., Was Sentenced To 28 Months For Illegally Funneling Cash From His Banking Firm Into Clinton’s Senate And Presidential Campaigns. “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)

  • “Prosecutors Had Accused Danielczyk And Biagi Of Lining Up Individual Donors To Contribute To Former Secretary Of State Clinton’s Senate And Presidential Campaigns In 2006 And 2008, Then Reimbursing Them With Money From Galen.” (Matt Zapotosky, “28-Month Sentence For Businessman Who Funneled Cash To Hillary Clinton Campaigns,” The Washington Post, 5/31/13)
  • “They Used At Least 35 Other Employees Or Friends To Disguise More Than $186,000 In Contributions, Then Paid Back The So-Called Straw Donors With Money From Galen’s Corporate Coffers, Court Filings Show.” (Matt Zapotosky, “28-Month Sentence For Businessman Who Funneled Cash To Hillary Clinton Campaigns,” The Washington Post, 5/31/13)

In January 2011, Clinton Fundraiser Evan Snapper Pleaded Guilty To Funneling 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, 2/19/11)

In 2010, Clinton Fundraiser And Manhattan Investment Banker Hassan Nemazee Was Sentenced To 12 Years For Defrauding Banks Of Nearly $300 Million, Some Of Which Went To Clinton’s Presidential Campaigns.  “Another major Clinton fundraiser, Manhattan investment banker Hassan Nemazee, was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year for defrauding banks of nearly $300 million. Some of the funds were given to Democratic politicians, including Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, court records showed.” (Dan Eggen, “Several Big Donors To Hillary Clinton Now Facing Criminal Allegations,” The Washington Post, 2/19/11)

  • Nemazee Was National Finance Chair For Clinton’s 2008 Campaign. “Nemazee was national finance chairman for Clinton's 2008 campaign and served as New York finance chairman for the failed 2004 presidential bid by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).” (Dan Eggen, “Several Big Donors To Hillary Clinton Now Facing Criminal Allegations,” The Washington Post, 2/19/11)
  • The Clinton Campaign And Family Foundation Returned Nearly More Than $80,000 From Nemazee In The Wake Of The Scandal. “The letter said Friends of Hillary had pledged to return $8,200 and Hillary Clinton for President promised to return $11,500, in addition to $11,500 it returned to Nemazee in August 2008. It said the William J. Clinton Foundation had agreed to forfeit $53,000, though the government has agreed that another $100,000 in donations does not need to be forfeited.” (Larry Neumeister, “Hassan Nemazee, Democratic Fundraiser,, Gets 12 Years In Prison,” The Huffington Post, 7/15/10)

 


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