This time John Edwards is wasting no time in trying to exploit.
This from ABC News:
ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: After an article in Friday’s “Los Angeles Times” revealed that Clinton received large donations from poor residents living in New York City’s Chinatown, the Edwards campaign pounced on the opportunity to bring more attention to the questionable contributions.
“This morning we all read in L.A. Times that many Clinton campaign contributions are raising eyebrows again. Many of their donors are not even registered to vote, and at least one denied even making any contribution at all,” Edwards Campaign Manager David Bonior said in a statement on Friday.
“Senator Clinton has said public financing is the answer. Senator Edwards has opted to take public financing, but Senator Clinton has not. Senator Clinton should explain why she doesn’t mean what she says…The bottom line is we need a nominee who can do two things: campaign in all 50 states and challenge our broken system in Washington. With every day the growing question has to be can Hillary Clinton do either?”
I think Hillary is vulnerable on this front since it will be lumped in with Bill Clinton’s abysmal fund raising scandal legacy of the 90s. Will it open the door for John Edwards? I’d say absolutely not but Obama could have a field day if he wanted to. Furthermore, the Republicans will inevitably be saving this material for the general election campaign.
From the LA Times story specifically:
NEW YORK — Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at a dimly lighted apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door.
And again not too far away, at 88 E. Broadway beneath the Manhattan bridge, where vendors chatter in Mandarin and Fujianese as they hawk rubber sandals and bargain-basement clothes.
All three locations, along with scores of others scattered throughout some of the poorest Chinese neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, have been swept by an extraordinary impulse to shower money on one particular presidential candidate — Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton’s campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000. When Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) ran for president in 2004, he received $24,000 from Chinatown.
It’s amazing to me how Democrats can clamor about poverty yet for some reason, Hillary Clinton is getting some of her biggest money from the poorest neighborhoods. Either they’re wrong, or Hillary’s sort of embroiled in scandalous fund raising behavior.
Where does $380,000 come from in such a poor area? Either those people have decided to starve and pool their money for donations, or this is some kind of Norman Hsu operation.
Hillary’s giving back donations:
The Clinton campaign said that after the Chinatown fund-raiser in April, which raised about $380,000, aides conducted a standard review of the donor list: If donorsâ€™ stated professions seemed out of line with their donations â€” for instance, if a dishwasher gave $1,000 â€” the campaign sent letters asking them to affirm in writing that the money was their own.
In seven cases, with donations totaling $7,000, questions were raised, and those donors did not respond to requests to confirm their contributions. That money was then returned.
The Clintons seem to have major problems with donations originating from Chinese businessmen.