Hillary campaign to return all Hsu-related money
by areyouready, Mon Sep 10, 2007 at 04:31:49 PM EDT
A couple of evening news round-up...
Hillary campaign decides to return all Hsu-related money in the total of $850,000, a big financial loss but probably a right thing to do.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/ 09/10/clinton-to-return-all-hsu-tainted- money/
Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign announced tonight that it would return approximately $850,000 to about 260 donors who had been recruited or tapped by Norman Hsu...
The Clinton campaign also disclosed tonight that it had decided to begin running criminal background checks on its bundlers.
A Clinton adviser said that "vigorous additional vetting" of the bundlers, including the criminal checks, would begin this week, and that the campaign was hiring additional staff for that purpose.
The Clinton adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal campaign deliberations, said that Mrs. Clinton "did not want the Hsu issue to be a distraction for the campaign, and wants to make sure this doesn't happen again."
"We wanted to get a few days ahead of any problems that come out, rather than be a few days behind them," the adviser said.
Full statement by Mr. Wolfson's full on the issue follows:
In light of recent events and allegations that Mr. Norman Hsu engaged in an llegal investment scheme, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to return the money he raised for our campaign.
This week approximately 260 donors will receive refunds totaling approximately $850,000 from the campaign.
Mr. Hsu donated to numerous charities and more than two dozen candidates and committees. Despite conducting a thorough review of public records, our campaign, like these others, were unaware of Mr. Hsu's decade-plus old warrant.
To help ensure against this type of situation in the future, our campaign will also institute vigorous additional vetting procedures on our bundlers, including criminal background checks. In any instances where a source of a bundler's income is in question, the campaign will take affirmative steps to verify its origin.
A new Survey USA poll shows Hillary is holding a commanding lead in California.
http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollRepo rtPopup.aspx?g=487589bb-87d0-4a2a-96b4-3 721541076b9&q=39991
On the GOP side, we are seeing a big Thompson 'surge', is it sustainalbe?
TN Executive, Paul Rosson, from home precinct of Fred Thompson, endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Per Hillaryland, that's the Lawrence County, TN Executive, Paul Rosson, who I'm told just endorsed Clinton.
Lawrence County, of course, is the storied home precinct of one Fred Thompson.
"Small communities--like the county I represent--need a president that understands our struggles, and Hillary will be a partner we can count on in the White House," Rosson said in a statement via the campaign.
In preview of tomorrow's hearing, let's watch Hillary Clinton grilling Petreus about Bush's 'surge' strategy in his comfirmation hearing in January, 2007. She was professional but firm!