August 31st, 2007
01:26 PM ET
15 years ago

Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in

Norman Hsu surrendered to authorities in California on Friday

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CNN) - Embattled Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu turned himself in on Friday to authorities in California on a 16-year-old grand theft charge, a San Mateo County, Calif., Superior Court spokeswoman told CNN.

Hsu was being held on $2 million bond at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, the San Mateo County seat. A bail reduction hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Hsu had been a top contributor to Democrats, including presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. But their campaigns and others said they have returned or given to charity donations from Hsu, who had an open bench warrant for his arrest in California.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Paula and Sandy, Santa Monica, CA

    The Clintons' connections to secretive Asian contributors has been a longterm problem and is a threat to our national security but Senator Craig is getting all of the headlines. We can only guess why.

    August 31, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Frank NH

    This business of political candidates accepting "campaign funds" has been troubling me for a long time. I've come to the point where I believe these are bribes for favors expected once a candidate is elected. Why else would anyone give money to a politician? Politicians may as well put a "for sale to the highest bidder" sign around their neck. It is a direct attack on the responsibility that politicicans represent the will of their constituents. I wish I had an answer to solve this massive corruption, but I don't.

    August 31, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. James, Phoenix AZ

    I love the picture of Hillary and Mr Hsu. I guess just ANYBODY gets their picture taken with her?

    Or perhaps Mr Hsu was a person of significant influence in HRC's fundraising circles.

    Yes he gave some money to Obama but the vast majority went to Hillary. This will be a great lead story heading into the Labor Day weekend!

    NOOOOO... Hillary isn't fatally flawed. This is the way all good campaigns operate?

    August 31, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. JPH, Arvada, CO

    Thank you Hillary. Thank you Norman Hsu. Thank you Obama.
    The best thing to happen to the republicans this year but along came Senator Craig.
    So much for luck...

    September 4, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    James, Phoenix AZ,

    At least he's not a TERROTIST supporter financially supporting the GOP eh?

    I mean, then we could his name next to Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari!

    You remember him don't ya? He was accused of trying to help terrorists in Afghanistan but also managed to donated some $15,000 to the House Republicans' campaign committee over three years. Ali Alishtari faces charges in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that include terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering. Alishtari, 53, of Ardsley, N.Y., accepted an unspecified amount of money to transfer $152,000 to Pakistan and Afghanistan to support an Afghanistan terrorist training camp. He also stands accused of causing the transfer of about $25,000 from a bank account in New York to an account in Montreal, money the government says was to be used to provide material support to terrorists.

    LOL! Keep pointing fingers James!

    September 4, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |