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Tracking the friends of Norman Hsu Update Taking on Asian-American race-card players

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 4, 2007 03:51 PM

Update 9:15am Eastern 9/5. My column today is about Hsu and the Democrats’ funny money. I take on the Asian-American groups who are doing exactly what they did during Chinagate in the 1990s–play the race card.

While the campaign finance reform crowd ducks under the table, there is one vociferous group making noise. Like clockwork, Asian-American groups were first out of the gate protesting public scrutiny of the foreign donors and whining about profiling. Deja vu all over again. “It would be wholly inappropriate to link this in any way to the ’96 campaign cycle investigations, just because both involve Asian-Americans,” Lawrence Barcella, a lawyer for Hsu, who is a top donor to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, told Politico.com.

No. It’s because both involve the craven Clintons, a trademark incuriosity about the backgrounds of big donors and a network of generous contributors of notably meager means.

Executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York, Margaret Fung, a prominent voice who decried every last newspaper story about convicted campaign finance felon John Huang during the 1990s, recycled her old talking points again: “It links Norman Hsu and the Paw family to other Asian-American donors in previous campaigns, solely because of their race. It insinuates that Asian-Americans are more prone to making improper donations and have been doing this for years. What is this obsession with Asian-American donors?”

What is this knee-jerk obsession with crying racism and wallowing in collective ethnic grievances? It’s not just about “Asian-American” donors. It’s about felon and fugitive donors of a rainbow of races and backgrounds. It’s about the Clintons’ — and the Dems’ — systemic corner-cutting, campaign corruption and double standards. There is a Chinese saying: “When you drink water, always think about the source.”

Peering into the poisoned well isn’t “racism.” It’s the duty of a responsible republic.

Update 640pm Eastern. Via HAHeadlines, Patrick Kennedy is keeping Hsu’s money.

Well, knock me over with a straw!

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Over the holiday weekend, I pointed you to Flip Pidot’s excellent investigative post charting Norman Hsu’s campaign finance contributions. He’s done more digging and has a new report:

[I]t turns out there’s quite a bit more under the campaign finance rock than previously realized.

The Journal originally collected contribution data largely from federal campaign disclosures. After re-constituting that FEC data, I collected state-level campaign data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which served as the basis for the previous post. That tally totaled roughly $1.37 million in contributions to dozens of candidates since the 2004 cycle, slightly less than half of which were made by Hsu directly.

I’ve since added data from municipal elections (most of which turned up in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) as well as the most current data available in each state’s respective campaign finance database. Additionally, the NYC Campaign Finance Board collects “intermediary” data, which frequently identifies the bundler associated with a given contribution. This revealed three new individuals in Hsu’s network: Noah Yago, Youn Hadar, and Susan Chilman. While Yago’s and Hadar’s contributions appear to have been isolated incidents, a search for Chilman among the state and federal records turned up scores of additional donations. Totaling nearly $40,000 over three years, the size and timing of Chilman’s contributions frequently fit the suspicious patterns that have already led the FEC and the DOJ to investigate Hsu’s fundraising history. In the disclosure reports, Chilman lists herself as a self-employed actress. I’ve included Chilman’s contributions in the aggregate data, but not Yago’s or Hadar’s.

The grand total currently sits at roughly $1.6 million.

In the spirit of open-source blogging, Pidot has made his data available as a Google spreadsheet here.

The taint goes way beyond Hillary. Below is Flip’s chart of candidate recipients of the foreign funny money:

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Do you have a public official/candidate who’s received Hsu-linked money? Will they be keeping it or unloading it? Let us know.

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More:

Allah looks at that report tying Hsu and shady Clinton donor Bernard Schwartz.

Willisms coins a new term: “Hsu-icide.”

More smelly Billary funds, via Newsbusters.

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