The trail of illegal campaign donations and cover-ups just keeps growing.
Chinese/Indonesian agents John Huang, Charlie Trie, and James Riady, helped purchase Bubba’s 1996 election and it looks like the Hildabeast is picking up where he left off.
First, there’s wealthy Chinese waiters:
Then Norman Hsu:
Favors for pardons:
Three recipients of controversial 11th-hour pardons issued by former President Bill Clinton in January 2001 have donated thousands of dollars to the presidential campaign of his wife, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., according to campaign finance records examined by ABC News, in what some good government groups said created an appearance of impropriety.
……One of the pardonees who has become a donor to Sen. Clinton is David Herdlinger, a former prosecutor in Springdale, Ark., who, according to press accounts at the time of his pardon pleaded guilty in 1986 to mail fraud after taking bribes to reduce or drop charges against defendants charged with drunken driving offenses.
“It’s not illegal,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told ABC News. “But, of course, it’s inappropriate and she should return the money.
“It does raise the appearance that this is payback.”
That’s an understatement.
And terror suspects:
Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has taken thousands of dollars in cash donations from Islamists under federal investigation for terror-financing, money laundering and tax fraud, WND has learned. The Democrat senator over the past seven months has received $1,000 from M. Yaqub Mirza and another $500 from M. Omar Ashraf, federal campaign records show. Federal agents raided the Virginia homes and offices of the Muslim donors after 9/11 for ties to terrorism.
Others tied to the still-active probe also have contributed money to Clinton, including one Muslim man who after 9/11 complained the U.S. government should focus on changing its Mideast policies instead of killing Osama bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists.
Mirza, who also has given to other candidates, including Republicans, is said to act on behalf of Saudi millionaire Yassin al-Qadi, who the U.S. Treasury Department in October 2001 blacklisted as an al-Qaida financier. More recently, Wachovia Bank closed the accounts of a shadowy Muslim charity supported by Mirza after an entity controlled by the Pakistani immigrant donated $150,000 to the charitable front, known as FAITH. The bank in 2005 cited suspicious activity in its accounts related to possible money laundering.
Mirza and Ashraf, who have not been charged with a crime in the ongoing probe, control with several other Islamists some 40 Muslim businesses, charities and think tanks known collectively by law enforcement as the Saudi-backed “Safa group.” Their offices are located primarily at 555 Grove St. in Herndon, Va., a suburb of Washington. The Muslim World League, a Saudi-based charity linked to al-Qaida, originally set up its U.S. branch at that address with the help of Mirza.
The latest involves a Peter Paul, an entrepreneur extradited from Brazil on stock fraud charges, who underwrote one of the largest fundraising events in political history, and has documented evidence that Clinton hid the 2 million dollars worth of contributions.
Peter Paul “spent approximately $1.9 million [on a Hollywood Tribute for Bill Clinton and fundraiser for Hillary’s Senate campaign]. This figure does not include market value of his own services in acting as executive producer of the event, and the fair market value of the services rendered by eight world class artists who performed, estimated at more than $1 million.” The event brought in an additional $2 million to Hillary’s Senate campaign.
Hillary’s National Finance Director David Rosen repeatedly promised to Mr. Paul that he and Mrs. Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign would make sure his contributions were allocated and reported to federal election authorities in a manner that complied with all applicable laws and regulations. They failed to do so, placing Paul in serious legal jeopardy.
The only reports made by Hillary’s Senate campaign staff to the FEC regarding Paul’s involvement in the gala are false. They reported, for example that Stan Lee Media, Inc., not Peter Paul, made a contribution of $366,564.69. Stan Lee Media, Inc. never made this contribution and Paul’s contributions, as previously discussed, exceeded $1.9 million. The campaign staff also reported a $100,000 fee paid to Gary Smith, a CBS producer who helped organize the event. Paul paid Smith in excess of $880,000.
The first trial involving former Clinton finance director David Rosen has Hillary’s hands all over it:
……the prosecutors at the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Integrity got away with indicting Hillary Clinton’s finance director, David Rosen, in a sealed indictment in 2003, for concealing from Hillary’s Senate campaign the $1.1 million cost of Hillary’s largest fundraiser. The government charged Rosen with sole criminal culpability for causing Hillary’s Committee Treasurer to file three false FEC reports between October, 2000 and July, 2001, that hid the origin and expense of more than $700,000 of the cost of Event 39 donated by Peter Paul.
Yet all interested political observers of the 2000 campaign were apprised that Hillary and her Senate Campaign Committee knew the very same information the DOJ charged Rosen with hiding from them, and they knew it long before they filed the first “criminal” false FEC report Rosen was indicted for. The world was apprised of Hillary and her committee’s knowledge of David Rosen’s “secret” information regarding the true $1.1 million, plus cost of Event 39, when Hillary’s personal and campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson confirmed to Washington Post gossip columnist Lloyd Grove on August 17, 2000, that:
“As for the rest of the estimated $1 million-plus cost, “it was an in-kind contribution…and not a check,” Wolfson said.
No one, including donor Peter Paul, ever publicly challenged the clearly ersatz indictment based on that “quote” because of the success of the Clinton spin-meisters in diverting attention from the real issues surrounding the FEC frauds directed by Hillary, with Bill as her agent. Somehow the Clintons managed to execute an elaborate charade to hide Hillary and Bill’s illegalities in inducing and coercing Peter Paul to donate more than $1.2 million for Hillary’s Senate campaign, and then misreported those contributions in false FEC and IRS reports. It involved the apparent complicity of Los Angeles federal Judge A. Howard Matz, who Bill Clinton appointed in 1998, and the Chief of the DOJ Office of Public Integrity, Noel Hillman, who directed his lead prosecutor, Peter Zeidenberg, to act in concert with Judge Matz to produce the greatest legal rope-a-dope on record.
Was the Rosen trial fixed by the Clintons to hide in plain view, and thereby avoid, their own accountability for serial felony violations of federal laws that generated Hillary’s largest contributions of money and endorsements to ensure her victory over Rick Lazio in 2000, and continue the obstruction through false reports in 2006 that assured Hillary’s re-election? The possibility of collusion directed by Hillary and/or her agents to cover up her illegal role in the matter comes strictly from the public record of the facts surrounding the investigation, indictment, and prosecution of David Rosen. Judge Matz – before any evidence was presented or any opening remarks were made – blatantly ignored the Judicial Canons of Ethics by making prejudicial statements related to a case at bar, and tainting the jury with false statements he knew or should have known were false. The fact that Judge Matz’ unethical conduct was not immediately challenged by the prosecutor raises the distinct possibility that more than malfeasance or incompetent lawyering may have been afoot.
Judge Matz began the trial by stating unequivocally to the media: “This isn’t a trial about Senator Clinton.” “Senator Clinton has no stake in this trial as a party or principal.” “She’s not in the loop in any direct way, and that’s something the jury will be told.” These statements were factually false in that Senator Clinton had a tremendous stake in the trial – as both a party and a principal – because of the ramifications of exposing her personal illegal actions and conspiring not only with Rosen but with President Clinton to illegally solicit and then hide Peter Paul’s contributions – the largest of her campaign.
To drive the point home to Matz, a member of the Free Republic website hand delivered a letter:
Some of you may remember the acquittal of Hillary’s campaign finance chairman, David Rosen, in May 2005. The judge who presided was the Clinton-appointed A. Howard Matz. Many strange anomalies occurred during the trial, and some people believe the trial could be named the Los Angeles Black Sox Trial. Of course, there have been many of those, haven’t there? After my visit today to the FBI, I stopped at an office for several hours of business, and then I paid a visit to the courtroom of one A. Howard Matz to drop off a 5-page letter into his mailbox.
The letter can be read here:
The Judicial Watch submitted a formal ethics complaint to the U.S. Senate:
The event, which became known as the “Hollywood Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton,” was held at the estate of Mr. Ken Roberts in Los Angeles, California. See PFP Aff. at para. 2 and First Amended Complaint at para. 48. It included a $25,000 per couple dinner and a $1,000 per ticket concert that featured performances by several world-class artists, including Cher, Diana Ross, Paul Anka, Michael Bolton, Toni Braxton, Melissa Ethridge, Patti Labelle, and Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray. Id.
Mr. Paul has documented making payments totaling $1,011,188.10 for expenses associated with the Hollywood Tribute. See Aff. of PFP at para. 3. He has also documented transferring $207,000 in cash and $336,250 in stock to Mr. Tonken, which he has testified was used to pay for additional expenses associated with the event. Id. at paras. 5-7.
Mr. Paul also has testified that, in addition to paying the expenses associated with the August 12, 2000 fundraiser, he also paid for expenses associated with the appearances of the artists who performed at the event and donated the use of his office space, equipment, utilities, supplies, and staff for the event. See PFP Aff. at para. 2 and First Amended Complaint at paras. 54 and 74.
In total, Mr. Paul has testified that he believes he paid in excess of $1.9 million to produce and underwrite the August 12, 2000 fundraiser. See PFP Aff. at para. 2 and First Amended Complaint at para. 74. However, Sen. Clinton’s campaign filings failed to report any of the expenses paid by Mr. Paul for the Hollywood Tribute. See PFP Aff. at para. 11 and Exhibit TT. Nor did New York Senate 2000, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Sen. Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the New York State Democratic Party, report any of Mr. Paul’s expenses for the event. See PFP Aff. at para. 12 and Exhibit UU. New York Senate 2000’s Schedule H-3 for the August 12, 2000 fundraisers (referred to in the FEC reports as Event 39) reported that only $401,419 worth of in-kind contributions and donations were received for the event. Id.; see also Exhibit 1 at para. 20.
And a subsequent civil suit submitted by Judicial Watch on the part of Mr. Paul:
Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, filed a lawsuit yesterday in California state court against Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign committees (among others) on behalf of a major Clinton and DNC donor, Peter Paul. Mr. Paul, an international businessman who has had a distinguished career in philanthropy and in production and marketing, gave approximately $2 million in direct, in-kind contributions last year for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. Mr. Paul gave the money in support of the “Hollywood Tribute to Bill Clinton” held on August 12, 2000. The lawsuit seeks damages from the Clintons and others over the fraud scheme. Among the lawsuit’s allegations:
* Mr. Paul paid the $2 million to the Clinton campaign as part of a $17 million offer to Bill Clinton to work with Mr. Paul’s companies after he left the Oval Office. This contribution was never reported to the Federal Election Commission, and Mrs. Clinton and her campaign lied to the media about the contributions and Mr. Paul’s funding of the gala tribute.
* Mr. Paul discussed a potential presidential pardon for prior felony convictions in return for his political contributions with then DNC Chairman Ed Rendell.
* The Clinton campaign knowingly allowed a foreign national to attend the “Hollywood Tribute” in exchange for a $27,000 contribution. This foreign national later attended the India State Dinner.
* After telling The Washington Post that they did not and would not accept any contributions from Mr. Paul, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign finance director, David Rosen, demanded Mr. Paul make another (never reported) $55,000 contribution.
* Mr. and Mrs. Clinton made repeated calls to Mr. Paul to thank him for his financing of the Hollywood Tribute. Mr. Paul also had extensive discussions with Chelsea Clinton, Al Gore, and many aides and others to the Clintons regarding his funding of the Hollywood Tribute and his plans to work with Mr. Clinton after he left office.
* Hollywood stars, such as Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, and Cher, are named as witnesses in the complaint.
Mr. Paul has documentary evidence of his close relationship with the Clintons, including checks, thank you notes from the Clintons themselves, and candid video and photographs. Mr. Paul, who faces indictment on alleged securities violations, is eager to cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department, so that all involved are brought to justice.
Video documentary of Paul-Clinton collaboration:
“Hillary exposed: The Case of Paul vs Clinton”
A detailed timeline and addition information here:
The Justice Department is just as derelict with regard to Hillary’s crimes as they were with Bubba’s. According to them, she will not be a defendant in the prosecution of her Senate campaign. The FBI was more interested in prosecuting Paul than going after Hillary.
But in light of all the publicity and dogged investigations, at least the civil trial is scheduled to proceed in 2008.
By the time all is said and done, you can bet it will be ignored by the fauning leftwing media and brushed aside by the selective prosecutors in the DOJ.
Whoever said “crime doesn’t pay”, never met the Clintons. For them, it’s paid handsomely.