Huang v. Hsu — 1996 v. 2008: Question — Will Hillary’s Rivals Attack Her While Her Husband Got a Pass?
[Posted by WLS]
The blogosphere is starting to buzz a little bit over Hillary’s “John Huang”. Articles in yesterday’s WSJ, a follow-up today, and even a piece in the LAT have got to have the Clinton camp worried about what to say about Norman Hsu.
John Fund at the WSJ has now posted a entry at the sites Political Diary that he made available to Powerline.
As a refresher, recall from 1996:
Bill Clinton benefitted from the political largesse of the Lippo Group, owned by the ruling Riady and Suharto families from Indonesia.
John Huang was a formerly the head of US Operations for the Lippo Group, controlled by the Riady family of Indonesia, before being named a mid-level Commerce Dept. official in the Clinton Admin. He enjoyed enormous access to the WH for such a mid-level employee. As a DNC fundraiser in 1996, he raised $3.4 million for the party and the Clinton re-election effort — mostly from the Aisan-American community. Huang had been hired in the early 1980s by the Riady Family-owned “Worthern Banking Group” in Little Rock.
Huang took a 50% pay cut to join the Clinton Admin in 1993, but the blow was softened by a $750,000 severance package from the Lippo Group. Among the dubious contributions obtained by Mr. Huang was $200,000 donated by an Indonesian gardner, who later had to return to Indonesia to avoid testifying in the Senate investigation into 1996 fundraising practices. Charlie Trie was the Arkansas restaurantuer and generous financial contributor who received wire transfers of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bank of China, but mysteriously relocated to Bejing when subpoenas started to roll out.
Now Hillary has the ubiquitous Mr. Hsu.
As reported by the WSJ, Mr. Hsu — a wanted felon and fugitive from justice for a fraud conviction in California — has raised more than $1 million already for Hillary’s campaign, including more than $45,000 from the Paw family in San Francisco, who have contributed more than $200,000 to various Democrat candidates and organizations through Mr. Hsu.
Mr. Paw is a mail carrier, earning $49,000 a year. He donated $4600.
His wife is a homemaker. She donated $4600.
Their four adult children have various occupations — one is an executive at a mutual fund, while another is a local high school “attendance liason”. All donated $4600.
The recently refinanced their 1200 square foot house near SF Airport for $270,000.
What else they all have in common is that their contributions closely track the contributions made by Mr. Hsu to the same candidates and organizations.
The question is whether Hillary’s rivals on the Demo crowd will want to make an issue of this.
Bill got a pass in 1996 because he had no challenger, and the key facts didn’t come out until after the 1996 election.
Now such pass for Hillary.
I predict many days of deep discomfort as they try to figure out what to do about this.
Rough water ahead.