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. Cory, San Diego, CA

    I bet I know where the money is coming from…believe me when I say I’m not normally partial to conspiracy theories, but this one fits just too perfectly. A book called ‘War Beyond Limits’ was published in 1999 by two senior Chinese Colonels. I suggest you both look into its contents on your own. In it they talk about destroying the West through non-military means. One of the ways they sugges is through election manipulation. Think about it…if you have a few hundred well placed operatives you could steer million and millions of Chinese dollars illegally (or pressure citizens to give their own) into certain campaigns. I think Hsu was just one of many. If you have ever listened to a speech by former KGB Gen. Kalugin has spoken extensively about Soviet tactics to fight this type of warfare by doing whatever they could to help spread racial strife within the U.S. They would put swasticas on Jewish gravestones, illegally fund militant groups like the Black Panthers and KKK, etc.

    October 19, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Liberal Chic

    I really like Hillary Clinton, but this money has to go back to these hard working people. It is not her doing, of course, but she has to make it clear to her Chinatown fundraisers that she can't accept money coerced from poor, uneducated immigrants who don't even speak English.

    October 19, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. sonya, atlanta, ga

    another money laundering scandal. When will she ever learn. It would be so easy for her campaign to set up a program to cross reference donors occupations, amount of donations, and census economic stats per zip code. If Obama received $2,300 from garbageman living in Compton CNN would be all over it. But they can't even list the article in the post.

    Hillary hasnt learned from Bill's chinese problem in 90's or her Hsu problem. If she wasn't bought and paid for by the corporate american her campaign would be floundering. The lastest FEC reports show Obama is beating her in raising money accross all the states and if he accepted PAC/lobbyist money he would be doubling what he already has. But Obama has principles and Hillary again shows us she doesn't.

    Interesting that it took CNN all day to post this when the original article was in this mornings LA Times.

    October 19, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. ronnie knoxville tn

    Both Clintons have a history of shenanigans involving the Chinese community. That's scary.

    October 19, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Maria, Houston

    "CHINATOWN" connection... you mean that famous movie about corruption, greed and all consuming thirst for power?

    October 19, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Now just Hsu on a minute...omg...what will Hillarys supporter say....and at what point do they say "she tacked on a cool million for a Woodstock museum" onto the SCHIP bill....and now she is picking up where Gore left off selling favors to China for campaign money...

    October 19, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Frank Virginia Beach VA

    Okay, here we go again. Clinton, Asian ties to corrupt money. China town individuals earning $10K giving Hillary $1K donation? Come-on people, where's the outcry here? Clinton's are strong-arming anyone that comes against them, job, house, IRS, etc. She is not fit for president of the United States.

    October 19, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. Frank Virginia Beach VA

    CNN! Are Republicans getting to close to the truth for you? Is that why all their comments are removed? You are pathetic. Try playing fair, you might like it.

    October 19, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    And...? Is the suggestion that Chinese-Americans can't donate to Hillary because... what? Is CNN slamming Asian-Americans as being presumptively suspect characters whose money no politician should accept. CNN never says what the problem is. Is this another reprise of Obama's Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab) slur? Was there another "not-for-attribution" Obama campaign memo behind this mudsling?

    I'm sure given her popularity you'll find she's raised millions among all ethnic groups. So what?!

    I see we now begin the hatchet job during which the media flings innuendo and inference, suggesting something is untoward without identifying exactly what is, all in an effort to keep the race interesting.

    If she did something wrong then say what it is. Otherwise, shut up.

    October 19, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    Follow the money. I can't understand why her "followers" don't see how dirty she is. It boggles the mind. HRC is so bought and paid for even she can't remember who she owes and what for. Please vote for honor and trust and someone not owned by China.
    Obama 08

    October 19, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Wesner, Miami Beach, Fl

    This lady cannot be trusted!!!! I'm also surprise at CNN for reporting this. I can see it now, Shrillary political machine is going to start crombleling like a deck of cards...

    OBAMA 08

    October 19, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. dukes james griffin georgia.

    so has everyone been to china town new york city? I mean if you are liked there then that is special-that is really special. how much money could be raised if some-one had a contest for a date with hillary in china town that would really be something the only problem is that it would probally give the secret service a fit-it would be to dangerious I mean the crowd the people traffic no it would not work so hell just give her the money. SHOW HER THE MONEY. do not try to knock what you do not understand. those new yorkers love that woman.

    October 20, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  13. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    This CNN report was apparently inspired by a report in the Los Angeles Times. Ommitted from this video is the key, shocking statistic reported in the Times. The Clinton campaign collected some $380,000 from a single fundraiser in this low income neighborhood (mostly in $1,000 and $2,000 contributions) in April. This is an area that yielded only $24,000 for John Kerry thoughout his entire 2004 campaign. The checks have continued to pour in from these questionable sources. This is a much bigger story than a few unidentified donors.

    October 20, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Brian, Syracuse NY

    It's simple, really. China owns the Clintons.

    October 20, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  15. Eli, Marietta Ohio

    I love how the Clinton campaign says that this is only a "Small Problem"..

    Norman Hsu, Peter Paul, now this.. I think this could be just the tip of the iceburg. Clinton's fundraising has been... well, it hasn't exactly lived up to the highest of ethical standards.. The Clinton campaign is taking money wherever they can find it without regard for ethics or even campaign finance law. Money from PAC's, lobbyist, bundlers, and Hedge fund managers doesn't exactly spell "Change" as the Clinton campaign has tried to use as a bumper sticker slogan.

    Now Clinton is facing a lawsuit in California over her involvement in a Senate Race fundraiser. It seems to me Clinton has her work cut out to try to explain away all these "Small Problems"..

    October 20, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  16. R. Chang, San Diego

    Could CNN be more racist than by referring to the entire Asian-American population as "Chinatown"? There's more than one nation Asians might be from, there's no excuse for this kind of ignorant racist generalizing anymore.

    October 20, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  17. Lou Dobbs, Plano TX

    Democrats pander to minorites and illegals! When will we get a president that will take action against Islam(ists) and illegal immigrants? We need a neo-con hawk like Guliani to make this country bettter!

    October 20, 2007 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  18. John T. Urban, NYC

    Once again, Hillary gets a pass in most of the media. The Chinese donations took place in NYC, yet the NY Times wouldn't touch it. It took a team of reporters from the LA Times who come to NY and uncovered some of these donors didn't exist, and other's claimed they were pressured by Chinese Associations to donate.
    And thank you CNN for having some journalistic integrityon th ematter as well.

    October 20, 2007 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  19. Sam, IA

    Sorry Hillary. Everything you do and say will constantly be under scutiny. Your negatives are record breaking and for no good reason. You are and have been the focus of every hate jock and rightwing fox reporter for years and for a very good reason. You are a danger to them and thier livelihood. CNN and the rest of the corperate media will hound you for thier personal gain. Fox and the shills of Clear channel will report the slightest innnuendo as fact because they are simply propogandists. Keep the faith. Do what you do well. I will support you if you are the candidate but i fear that would be a loosing effort. God Bless America and God bless you, Hillary

    October 20, 2007 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  20. joan

    Did anyone check the graveyard for the address?...Corrupt with a capital C.

    BTW I'm a democrat and I will never vote for this woman

    October 20, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  21. mary, sa, tx

    Is this really a surprise???? De de de.

    October 20, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. Mac, Severn, Md

    Follow the money!!

    The Clinton political machine knows how to hide illegal campaign contributions like no other.

    No crooks for President.

    October 20, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. laurinda,ny

    Oh, so now we are picking at Hillary's chinatown donations. Is there no end to this madness. I am very worried about where the Republican candidates are getting their donations from. I bet alot of other citizens are too. Maybe people should look deeper into that!

    October 20, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Provdence, RI

    Laurinda: I agree with you. The Republican machine begins to spin! Her rivals will pull out a lot of garbage now against her, because they are becoming desperates, and we are getting closer. There were 150 donors from Chinatown-seven of them were unknown, and Hillary campaign said it would return the money from the unknown donors...End the story.

    October 20, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Chip Celina OH

    "Her rivals will pull out a lot of garbage now against her, "

    The sad part is it can be pulled out because it is there.

    Do you not wonder how one house in San Francisco, excuse me Daly City, where the bread winner makes $49,000 a year can somehow donate $350,000 over the last ten years or so to a political candidate? All that AND keep up with mortgage, food, utilities.

    There's just too much questioable activity to take any of this seriously. Do we just close our eyes to it and say "well, that's just how the system works", and put our trust in someone that we know is shady?

    For every allegation there is a convoluted explanation and then the fallback position of the vast right wing conspiracy.

    The whole thing just sucks! This next election, I fear, will once again be a vote for the lesser of two evils.

    October 20, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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