October 19th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton's Chinatown connection

Some presidential campaign donations from New York City's Chinatown community to Sen. Hillary Clinton have come under scrutiny.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Jim Acosta reports on Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-New York, fundraising in the Asian-American community.

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  1. Keith, Chicago

    The "Republican machine"? I am a staunch Democrat, and this whole thing REEKS. There are hundreds of people in the same Chinatown neighborhood, making minimum wage in the most expensive city to live in, giving $1,000, $2,000, and $2,300 donations to Clinton. Do you honestly think that dishwashers living in Manhattan can afford to donate that kind of money? I don't know how anyone can say yes to that answer, with a straight face.

    I think it's pretty obvious that a wealthy Clinton supporter(s), such as Hsu or someone else, donated thousands and thousands of dollars under the names of numerous other people – including many minimum wage workers. Whether or not Clinton knew about this and was actively involved is up for debate. At the very least, Clinton and her campaign obviously had to have noticed that they were getting very irregular and suspicious donations, but decided not to do anything about it and just keep the money instead.

    If Clinton gets the Democratic nomination, she will hurt our chances of getting the White House back...the Republicans are going to pounce on this and numerous other shady things she has been doing and has done over the years, and they will really rile up their core base of voters who don't like Clinton – and motivate them to come out to vote (causing Democrats running in some close Congressional races to lose as well).

    October 20, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ

    This is just the beginning! Hillary is a flawed candidate. She has such blind ambition for power – anything and everything is acceptable. Get ready for a heartbreak, dems. I just hope the RNC and media can wait to expose the real damaging information until AFTER she has received the nomination!

    October 20, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. spinstopper

    Once again, Hillary has to return illegal donations..

    October 20, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    The notion that these repeated reports of ethical lapses exist, should be vetted before the primary season ends. After that, as democrats, we will be stuck defending this terribly compromised "frontrunner" and the Republican spin machine will have the grist it needs to pull off an upset. Those Clinton supporters who want to ignore these reports are playing into the hands of the RNC which regularly touts Clinton as the inevitable nominee. Don't you get it? That's what they hope for?

    If Clinton were by far the best candidate, it might be worth it. But this year the Democrats can nominate any number of great candidates and avoid this polarizing, old-style campaign.

    October 20, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Tom Dedham, Mass

    MANY, MANY, MANY chineese dishwashers in NY who make about 12,000 a year tops have the money to donate $1000 to her campaign and that isn't fishy?

    This same BS happened with Billyboy and they had to return money and people got charged and convicted of wrong doing.

    This is just like the Hsu BS where people of very modest means would give thousands of dollars to Hillary.

    They are being used to funnel the money to her. It is dirty now as it was dirty with Hsu and with Billyboy.

    This wasn't started by Republicans by the way, it was a San Francisco newspaper and CNN had a reporter check out some of the addresses last night and THEY DIDN'T EXIST. CNN, not Fox, CNN.

    I give CNN credit for reporting it, other "news" organizations ignored it just like they would of if it was NY dishwashers giving 8-10 percent of their yearly salary to Guiliani.

    Yeah right.

    October 20, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Mac, Severn, Md

    How can they give money back to unknown donors? If they are unknown....? I don't understand politics! Have a great day.

    October 20, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. pam Eugene, Or

    Same old Hillary. She is bought and paid for as was her husband. She will take money from anyone, promise everything to eveyone and in the end she will sevre herselp and tear this country apart. Please support a candidate who will unite and not divide.
    Obama 08

    October 20, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Dwight, Miami Gardens, Florida

    All you Hillary supporters who are in denial anout her fund raising, why don't you go to Suitably Flip.com and read about her 3rd quarter and other fundraising, and the $125,000 she has not returned. She claimed to out raised Obama, but I don't think so. Senator Clinton previously vowed to return $850,00 in the Norman Hsu-contributiobs to some 260 donors. Her 3rd quarter filing shows refund to no fewer than 487 individuals for a total of $1.24 million. according to Suitably Flip.

    October 20, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Chris, Chicago, IL

    Hillary. Your days are numbered.

    希拉里。 你的末日到了。


    October 20, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Karlo, Portland, OR

    Praise the next American President: Hillary Rodahm Clinton. Wow, I love this woman. She's smarter than any other American and people will eventually fall in love with her as she gets into her two terms. Get use to her people!!

    October 20, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Ernie, Provincetown, MA

    Hillary's chop suey club. What's next? Most Chinatown residents are honest, law abiding people. But there is a Chinese mafia there with powerful political connections. The best story is in the LosAngeles Times. This calls for a federal investigation.

    October 20, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. laurinda,ny

    Hillary Rodham Clinton will become our next President. You must take time to know her. HILLARY 08

    October 20, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. bprossersme

    She's a crook and knows no-one can stop her or take her down. The thugs are behind her and her future's secure.

    October 20, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Ernie, Provincetown, MA

    John of Sacramento has it right. Hillary fans seem to believe that only Republicans distrust their idol. Many of my Democratic friends feel as I do, that another Clinton administration would mean more of the same old corporate culture and corruption. Clinton or a Republican? What an awful choice. It is what the GOP would like to have us face.

    October 20, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Colin742

    One knows why ENRON and oil companies gave heavily to the GOP and Bush. The price of oil went up 250%. Haliburton and Defense industries got billioms in extra profits. Bush and his friends personal fortunes increased.

    I can't see how, except for a minor increase in campaign funds, which she can eaily do without, she benifits in any way or what she could possibly give back to these donors.

    There is no indication she personally knows these people. Could Republicans be financing this to create a phony scandal.

    October 20, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Russell NC

    Hillary is the naughty lady of shady lane,

    October 20, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Garrett Babb Indianapolis, IN

    Ever heard of Peter Paul? Check him out, he's got proof that HRC is a criminal. Criminal with a capital C. Of course, CNN won't tell you about that...

    October 21, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Quick Google search for either John Huang,Johnny Chung or Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie – to see that this pattern is not new....the Democrats are comfortable taking money from anywhere....they seem to believe that they cannot be caught....and maybe thats true....but something stinks....


    This was a quote from a news article in 1997 – "It is unlawful for a foreign national to contribute to any political campaign (2 USC 441e). Yet, Al Gore, Ron Brown, Senator Chris Dodd, John Huang, and quite a few others at the Democratic National Committee headquarters knowingly and actively solicited funds from foreign nationals" – and now...we have proven we won't actually do anything to people who solicit funds illegally....so...Clinton is free to take any $$ she wants....how corrupt we have become

    October 21, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. demwit

    Does anyone else find it unnerving that the ancient Maya doomsday is on the would be end of Hillary's first term, Dec, 2012..

    October 21, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. James, Phoenix AZ

    Hillary's Campaign: (intro the music)

    Na Na Naaa-Naaaa

    Na Na Naaa-Naaaa

    Heyyy Hey Heyyy

    Good byeeeeeeee!!

    October 22, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. JB Boston MA

    In the immortal words of Scooby Doo. . . . ruh roh

    How can anyone that is not legally insane blame the R's for this one.

    This is going to explode, you watch!

    Once, maybe an accident. Twice, you better have learned your lesson. Three times and you have ethics issues!

    October 22, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Karen,nj


    October 22, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Hey 'dawn" nothing like a little history repeating itself, if it looks like funneling and sounds like funneling... it must be the vast right-wing conpiracy.

    Look up John Huang, Johnny Chung, Hsu and Peter Paul (where's Mary?). Very interesting reading, but no pattern here.

    This is just ONE of the "nice" folks that Chris from CT mentioned, do you care to apologize for the Clintons, actually I meant respond:

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas- Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie, President Bill Clinton's longtime friend and a Democratic campaign fund-raiser, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges in his Little Rock, Arkansas trial as part of a plea agreement.
    In exchange for his guilty pleas, and pledge to cooperate with Justice Department's campaign fund-raising investigation, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop indictments pending against Trie in Washington and Arkansas.

    Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie
    Under the agreement, a Washington indictment charging the Democratic fund-raiser with making illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee will also be dropped. Trie, a Taiwanese American, was accused of acting as a straw donor for Chinese business in an effort to curry favor with the U.S. president.
    Trie is likely to be sentenced to three years' probation as a result of his guilty pleas, though the judge must approve the prosecutors' recommendation. The government agreed not to pursue home detention or electronic monitoring during his probation.
    Trie is a key figure in the campaign scandal involving campaign donations from Asian sources to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and other Democratic campaigns.
    Trie became friends with then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton when he frequented a Chinese restaurant Trie owned near the Capitol in Little Rock.
    He was charged in the Arkansas case with obstructing a Senate investigation into Democratic fund-raising activities during the 1996 election cycle.
    While the more serious obstruction charge was dropped, Trie did plead guilty the felony charge of causing false statements and a misdemeanor count of making political contributions in the names of others.
    Under the false statements charge, Trie admitted to causing the DNC's treasurer to submit a report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that gave false names for donors. "I know that the DNC had the names of the wrong persons," Trie told the judge.
    Trie also admitted getting other people to make campaign contributions for him - $5,000 worth - on February 19, 1996. "I requested that somebody else give the money for me," he said.
    Clinton's defense fund and the Democratic National Committee have been FORCED to return more than $1 million in funds raised by Trie.

    FORCED – only because they got CAUGHT again.

    October 23, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Mary, Maryville, TN

    I attended a planning meeting at UT yesterday for the Obama east TN campaign. I meet 2 interesting people that are around my retirement age. Both have been die-hard TN Republicans that are now hanging their heads in shame having to admit that they cast their vote for GWB in 2000 and 04. One has never been politically active before but will be in 08! She was telling me her reason for being at the Obama meeting was to do everything possible to make certain Obama is on the ticket in 08 because she truly believes he would bring respectability and sanity to Washington. (She is even willing to travel to SC to help Obama win that state’s primary!) She does not want to see a Hillary vs. Rudy ticket – why? – well, she said that if the Dems were to put Hillary on the ticket she knows for certain there will be thousands of Repubs, who are presently planning not to vote for President in ’08 (out of protest to their party), to pull the lever for who ever is on the Repub side of the ticket. Her comment was that she does not think the Dems understand the contempt that the Repubs have for Hillary. She felt strongly that once again Repubs would vote along party lines and let the chips fall where they may. (Anybody but Hillary mentality.) She is scared that Rudy would then become President and said that as bad as she and her husband have found out Bush is as a Prez – Rudy, in her opinion, will be worse – not only bringing us into more wars and deficits, but stepping on our Constitution and laws of the land..

    The funniest comment was when she said that it’s really something to have your 21 year old daughter tell you over the dinner table, “I tried to tell you guys in ’04 and you just wouldn't listen." She also commented that since she and her hubby have had an ‘awakening’ politically the conversations w/the daughter have sure grown in intensity and depth on the values in this country.

    I wonder just many others have had an ‘awakening’ that will cause them to become so politically active?

    October 25, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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