Clinton to Return $850,000 Raised by Hsu

From the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign said Monday it will return $850,000 in donations raised by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for allegedly violating election laws.

Clinton, D-N.Y., previously had planned only to give to charity $23,000 she received from Hsu for her presidential and senatorial campaigns and to her political action committee, HillPac.

The FBI is investigating whether Hsu paid so-called straw donors to send campaign contributions to Clinton and other candidates, a law enforcement official said Monday.

“In light of recent events and allegations that Mr. Norman Hsu engaged in an illegal investment scheme, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to return the money he raised for our campaign,” Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a statement Monday night. “An estimated 260 donors this week will receive refunds totaling approximately $850,000 from the campaign.”

Probably about par for the course when you’re talking about Clinton fund raising scandals. Then again, her campaign had apparantly been warned:

Sources told The Times on Sunday that a number of participants and their associates in Southern California and elsewhere had been in contact with the FBI about an investment pool operated by Hsu.

One associate, Irvine businessman Jack Cassidy, said he had tried to warn authorities and the Clinton campaign as early as June that he feared Hsu was running an illicit enterprise, but had gotten no response.

“Nobody picked up the ball,” said Cassidy, who was not an investor but heard about Hsu’s business from a friend.

Basically what this means is that any Democrat who jumped on Tom Delay needs to feel similarly toward Hillary. Fat chance, but I thought I’d suggest it.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson declined to respond to Cassidy’s claim, saying only that the campaign had conducted a background check of Hsu, who has emerged in the last three years as one of the Democratic Party’s biggest fundraisers.

They probably were warned and disregarded the warning for any number of reasons. I think we have yet to see the full ramifications of this whole thing until the FBI investigation is over.

Update:

What did she know and when did she know it?