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Friday, October 19, 2007

Poverty Stricken Chinese Immigrants Donate Hundreds to Hillary Clinton




By Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

October 19, 2007

NEW YORK -- Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at a dimly lighted apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door.

And again not too far away, at 88 E. Broadway beneath the Manhattan bridge, where vendors chatter in Mandarin and Fujianese as they hawk rubber sandals and bargain-basement clothes.

All three locations, along with scores of others scattered throughout some of the poorest Chinese neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, have been swept by an extraordinary impulse to shower money on one particular presidential candidate -- Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000. When Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) ran for president in 2004, he received $24,000 from Chinatown.


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I am sure that kind of pattern can be found in a lot more places where money is laundered on a regular basis. Back to our story:

Many of Clinton's Chinatown donors said they had contributed because leaders in neighborhood associations told them to. In some cases, donors said they felt pressure to give. [Hmmm...wonder what would happen if this were a Republican Candidate? If you said wall-to-wall coverage, move to the front of the class!]


Here are just two of the people listed as donors:

In the busy heart of East Broadway, beneath the Manhattan Bridge, is a building that is listed as the home of Sang Cheung Lee, also reported to have given $1,000. Trash was piled in the dimly lighted entrance hall. Neighbors said they knew of no one with Lee's name there; they knocked on one another's doors in a futile effort to find him.

Salespeople at a store on Canal Street were similarly baffled when asked about Shih Kan Chang, listed as working there and having given $1,000. The store sells purses, jewelry and novelty Buddha statues. Employees said they had not heard of Chang.

Another listed donor, Yi Min Liu, said he did not make the $1,000 contribution in April that was reported in his name. He said he attended a banquet for Clinton but did not give her money.


Source Article: Los Angeles Times

Hat Tip: Drudge Report

Commentary

Kinda reminds me of the China-Gate Scandal where hundreds of thousands of money were funneled from the Chinese Army into Bill Clinton's re-election Campaign. Come to think of it, the Hsu Scandal hardly made a ripple. I'll bet this story won't make a ripple, either because little Johnny Edwards and Barack Obama are scared spitless at the thought of really challenging the HildaBeast. They are just marking time until either 2012 or 2016.

I think the best policy for the GOP to take is to lay low on stuff like this, and wait to spring it on her in the General Election...and since the Media is in her corner, we don't have to worry about them.

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