It's $3 million for Hillary!

Jerome linked to an article in BB reporting Hillary collected $2 million at a fundraising event hosted by Indian American community.

I found another article detailing this event. The exact number is close to $3 million, which is extremely impressive for a single event. .html

A fundraiser organised by Indian Americans in Manhattan on Sunday raised around $3 million for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton--the highest sum raised at a single meet for a political cause by the community.

The fundraiser, organised by hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal at the Sheraton in Manhattan, saw some 1,000 people converge from all over the country to shell out $2,350 per plate, and wait over two hours for Clinton to come and deliver a 15-minute speech.

Chatwal, in an interview to The Indian Express, said the sum raised would be closer to three million dollars, once audited. The event came less than a week before the end of the fund-raising period for this quarter.

The fundraiser comes close on the heels of a attack against her by Democratic contender Senator Barack Obama. The latter's strategists had reportedly called her a Democrat from Punjab, pointing out that she supported outsourcing of jobs to India.

Obama, however, apologised later and said it was "stupid" and "caustic".

Author and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra told The New York Sun: "I thought that was ridiculous.""We are American citizens, right? He's a minority. He should know better."

It looks to me Obama campaign's recent screw-up has had some serious impact on Indian American community under the radar. The tie between Hillary and Indian-American community has further deepened because of this incident. Although Indian-American community may not be able to deliver the votes, they definitely have deep pocket for Hillary Clinton. I googled 'Hillary Clinton', and was quite surprised to find lots of articles on this incident by Indian media.

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Re: It's $3 million for Hillary!

That is interesting. A smear that backfired very badly. Indian Americans may not have a lot of votes but they are very influential in their communities and many of them are very successful with deep pockets.

by robliberal 2007-06-25 07:08PM | 0 recs
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Yes. If my understanding of Indian culture is correct, they have a very coherent community. They are really united in issues that have a profound impact on them such as H1B visa, trade etc.

I sensed before this incident, they were friendly to both Obama and Clinton. But Obama's screw-up definitely made them very easy to choose side.

$3 million is a big big number for a single event.

by kostner 2007-06-25 07:12PM | 0 recs
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I agree.  I don't like H-1B Visas, I work directly in this segment and I have seen the impact of Indian workers, coming to this country, barely speaking English and replacing tech workers at a reduced rate.  And the man who sponsored the event reaps the benefit the most of the visa workers.  I did not like how Obama handled this, but the content of the H-1B visas workers is spot on.

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 07:15PM | 0 recs
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Barely speaking English?  Careful.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-26 12:55AM | 0 recs
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I can state that, and TRUE.  Once, becoming citizens, OK, and getting the H-1B does make it easier, but just keepin' honest.

by icebergslim 2007-06-26 06:03AM | 0 recs
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Fair enough but you should be aware that the native language requirement has historically been the first stopping point of racist immigration policies; the White Australia policy famously required proficiency but failed to specify the language.  Racist immigration officers turned away immigrants, and asylum-seekers, for failure to speak Gaelic, of all things.  

Furthermore, of all significant immigrant groups, Indians are the most likely to be English speakers because India, besides having scores of 'native' languages like Tamil and Urdu, speaks Hindi and English nationally.  There are large circulation English language newspapers in India.  Just sayin'...

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-26 12:56PM | 0 recs
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Quite. Be careful. India, is a former British colony, like, you know, you were. A majority of Indians speak English and their British based educational system is first rate. If you have to have an enemy or scapegoat at least get to know what they are all about.

by superetendar 2007-06-26 08:05AM | 0 recs
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do you really believe president Obama can stem globalization? LOL. Gosh, talking about delusional.

by kostner 2007-06-26 04:13AM | 0 recs
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I want to know what Obama thinks, for this, because I have not heard, nor read anything about what he thinks.

by icebergslim 2007-06-26 06:05AM | 0 recs
Considering that Hillary was the one

smearing Indian-Americans (the Obama campaigner was making fun of her smear) that cannot be true.

by Populism2008 2007-06-26 03:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Considering that Hillary was the one

Boy, the injustice of it all.

Clinton "smears" the Indian-American community, Obama's team innocently pokes fun of that, and Clinton STILL reaps the benefits by getting $3 Million of their cash and virtually undivided vocal support.   How does she do it?   Magic?  Hypnosis?  Hallucinatory drugs?  

Gotta be something that makes this happen when it was Clinton HERSELF (supposedly) who smeared that community.    If she can turn a smear into devotion, she can do anything.    :-)

by georgep 2007-06-26 04:20AM | 0 recs
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Funny how people were complaining in the 1990s that Bill was an owned subsidiary of the red chinese.  Now, people will say that about HRC and India.

Aren't India and China rivals?  Isn't it in our best interests to have them both strong so they can balance each other out?

I won't be for any pres candidate who encourages Indian outsourcing.  But aren't these people Indian-Americans who live here?  They may be just as against outsourcing as we are, seeing that they live and work here and stand to lose just like all other Americans.

Should I be concerned that HRC will be a sell-out to overseas jobs?

by jgarcia 2007-06-25 07:19PM | 0 recs
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Don't think so. I can assure you most Indian-Americans are for free trade, more H1B visa etc.

by kostner 2007-06-25 07:31PM | 0 recs
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This INSOURCING, bringing Indians over here, replacing Americans at a cheaper wage.  I work at a company, right now, that has done this.  So, in the IT world this is frequent.  And yes, there are probably American now, maybe, but H-1B visa situation is real.  OUTSOURCING is killing manufacturing in this country, have given many companies, thanks to NAFTA, loop holes to close plants and open them up for cheap in Central America, South Asia.  

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 07:31PM | 0 recs
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This is for serious debate. Even there's no H1B visa, the outsourcing will continue. It's just the nature of global economy. Of course companies have to seek low-cost advantage to maintain profitibility.

by kostner 2007-06-25 07:33PM | 0 recs
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see, i am so uneasy about HRC.  i am not for people coming here just to take jobs.

i also like the family-unification aspect of immigration policy in lieu of skills.

by jgarcia 2007-06-25 07:41PM | 0 recs
Yes, it's all about the OUTSOURCING

using the visas...they bring over folks to displace AMERICAN WORKERS, and to pretend that this doesn't happen, and it's not having a negative impace on our American IT work force is delusional.

by rikyrah 2007-06-25 08:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Yes, it's all about the OUTSOURCING

Outsourcing is indeed a very serious problem. As part of the tsunami of global trade, the cat is already out of the bag. The answer is not to blame Hillary Clinton or Indian Americans but to get the governement to stop spending gobs of your tax money on weapons and start seriously invest in educating US citizen's to compete in the 21st century. Get universal healthcare too, then instead of forking over retirement money to insurance companies some of it can be use to create new businesses and develop new  ideas. Americans are talented and hard working but spend too much time fighting each other. Who cares whether its Clinton or Obama they will have a formidable task in beginning to  stabliize the wobbly USA. Meanwhile, India, China and the rest of the world is chugging along trading with each other and adusting to new realities  just fine.

by superetendar 2007-06-26 08:22AM | 0 recs
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"Aren't India and China rivals?  Isn't it in our best interests to have them both strong so they can balance each other out?"


Yes, of course. Beyond that. India is the world's largest democracy. Educated workforce. Effective government. It is a vital strategic US interest to cultivate strong relations with India.

by hwc 2007-06-25 08:23PM | 0 recs
Yes, but...

The thing is China is by far more Russia's problem, as least as far as manifest destiny is concerned, not to mention Korea's and Japan's.  That had to be half the justification for slimming down our land forces pre-Iraq.

India has a much more pressing problem with Pakistan, though they have fought with both, Pakistan several times, over time.  Is it, rather, the potential alliance with India in the event of difficulties with Pakistan that is in the back of our minds in both nations?

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-26 01:07AM | 0 recs
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it's good whenever people give money to dems but according to the new spin from Hillary's people money doesn't matter oh unless it's givin to Hillary.

by nevadadem 2007-06-25 07:20PM | 0 recs
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hahaha.  yep, that seems to be the case.  i am sooo confused this season.  i don't know what to think about hillary, or any of the others anymore.  and i usually can make my choice early.

by jgarcia 2007-06-25 07:26PM | 0 recs
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of course it matters. But it's just silly to have a money contest down to .00001 every quarter. Both Hillary and Obama have the resources to be very competitive throughout the race.

by kostner 2007-06-25 07:30PM | 0 recs
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Great news for Hillary.  It seems like she will have plenty of money to run the campaign she wants to and that's important.  Go Madame President!

by reasonwarrior 2007-06-25 07:45PM | 0 recs
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I never believed people who said that a comment they read on a blog made them throw up a little in their mouth.....until I read the end of yours.

I'm now a believer!

by BlueDiamond 2007-06-25 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: It's $3 million for Hillary!
The HIB visa is a serious problem. It's clearly depressed the wages in the software industry.
But the software workers are fighting back in ways the workers in the manufacturing industry never could. They're learning about business models.
They're putting out open source technology that in many aspects rivals the paid product of their former employers. I'd compare it to having a lexus you have to pay for or toyota that does the job but you don't have to pay for.
by joachim 2007-06-25 08:06PM | 0 recs
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People who are against H1B visa's represent democrats clinging to antiquated labor policies and simplistic short term zero sum game perspectives.

An increase in globalization is inevitable. Fighting it is just silly. What democrats need to be doing is developing transitional policies to help this generation and focusing on education to make the next generation more competitive and better educated. Free traders and workers rights advocates shouldn't be fighting they should be working together to build progressive trade policies.

by world dictator 2007-06-25 09:20PM | 0 recs
What does $3M buy?
Perhaps now is a good time to go back and read what the Obama memos actually said....
by horizonr 2007-06-25 08:30PM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?

Please do.

by icebergslim 2007-06-25 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?
Sigh -- $3M is not a donation, it's an investment. Hard for me to see it any other way....
by horizonr 2007-06-25 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?

Do you feel the same way about Obama's Rezko money?

by Vox Populi 2007-06-25 09:07PM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?
by horizonr 2007-06-25 09:14PM | 0 recs
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Of course not, because you're an Obama supporter.  But Rezko has been investing in Obama for over a decade.  Obama went so far as to lie about his connection to Rezko.  No favors my ass.  Why did he write those letters then?

by Vox Populi 2007-06-25 09:15PM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?
Let's just say that $3M buys a lot more than $50K -- and there are at least another few M in those memos.
by horizonr 2007-06-25 09:23PM | 0 recs
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Go on, then, do another diary about it.  The two letters.  Sigh.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-06-26 01:15AM | 0 recs
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Two letters that got Rezko his city contracts.  Two letters that let that man build more slums.  Two letters in return for hefty campaign contributions and a network of support.

Rezko was Obama's Godfather figure.

by Vox Populi 2007-06-26 04:37AM | 0 recs
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I wish for you, this story has traction, but it does not.  If Obama was guilty, and the feds have investigated this story for months, he would be in front of a jail, indicted.  Now, Clinton has a fundraiser with the same questionable lawyer, does that make her guilty by association?  No.  Again, this story has been around for MONTHS, no traction.

by icebergslim 2007-06-26 06:08AM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?

So you think what Obama did for Rezko was right?

by Vox Populi 2007-06-26 06:45AM | 0 recs
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You know what, to be frank, I don't care.  No, I don't.  And if Obama thought he a friend, so be it.  What I care about if Obama was involved in stealing monies, as Renzko, and he was not.  This story has been dragged through the mud, with no traction.  NONE.  What about Hillary and her big business ties and with Bush Rangers?  The story is in fortune magazine, I will provide a link later.  What about John Edwards and the hoop la over hedge funds?  So, what.  Have these people been arrested or indicted?  Until then, I will care.  But what all these candidates have done so far, legal.

by icebergslim 2007-06-26 08:07AM | 0 recs
Re: What does $3M buy?
Read this, then get back to me.
by horizonr 2007-06-26 09:40AM | 0 recs
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And read my response in the Web Letters section. I'll give you a clue, it was a starred pick.

by bowiegeek 2007-06-27 09:55PM | 0 recs
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by horizonr 2007-06-25 09:13PM | 0 recs
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Disregard previous.
by horizonr 2007-06-25 09:14PM | 0 recs


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