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August 28, 2007

Shrillary's Rich Friends in Daly City

In the working-class San Francisco suburb Daly City stands this modest home:

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Who would guess that some of Hillary Clinton's most generous donors live inside? The house is home to the Paw family, headed by Chinese-American mailman William Paw. The paws have donated $200,000 to Democrat candidates since 2005, including $45,000 to Shrillary. This is particularly odd, considering that according to a local elections official, they only vote "sporadically."

Apparently, the money is actually coming from Norman Hsu, who has been making a fortune in the NYC apparel industry, but once listed the Paw house as his address. He is one of Shrillary's top fundraisers, having earned the title of "HillRaiser."

Campaign finance laws restrict how much individuals can give to political candidates. But when high rollers max out, they sometimes give money in someone else's name — illegally.

What does Hsu want for the cash? Here's a clue: he has publicly criticized trade policies that restrict importing goods from China. With wheels left ungreased, there may be more restrictions to come, in light of the recent high-profile problems with Chinese imports.

When Chinese money talks, Clintons have proved to be very good listeners.

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A little background reading.

On tips from Byron and Charles.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 28, 2007 2:39 PM

Comments

Daly City is a hole: Cold, windy, few sunny days, very few trees, postage stamp-sized lots, and thousands of little pink houses for you and me. Not counting potted plants, there may be 4 tablespoons of accessible dirt in the whole city. There's like 30 billion Philippinos living there. Lots of chopped minivans with excessive chrome. The smell of lumpia floats in the air.

It’s a pretty strange place for a “big donor” to live.

Posted by: Jimbo at August 28, 2007 3:07 PM

Those "high profile" problems with chinese imports are actually partly caused by the EU rather than China. Well, no, that's not strictly fair; the corporations involved took advantage of certain loopholes opened up by a system set up by the then EC called the "CE mark", which worked like this:

The EC took control of customs and excise duties between countries in the EC and those outside. In order to make its own job easier, it then implemented the CE mark system, whereby inspection would be carried out at the production source rather than at the borders of EC member states. Papework was filled in and the CE mark was supplied to "compliant" manufacturers and exporters. This, they alleged, would make import and export much easier, as customs oficers were not only discouraged from inspecting anything carrying a CE mark but were actually legally required to let it pass no matter what suspicions they had about its content. It quickly opened up a whole range of forgery options for grey-market producers, but that wasn't noticed because it seemed to work for a good 15 or 20 years.

What does this have to do with anything I hear you ask?

Well, because the CE mark seemed to work so well, other countries either implemented their own version or simply adopted the EC/EU version wholesale, legally obliging their customs officers to ignore anything with a CE mark attached. This includes the united states. They all thought the CE mark was a great thing for them because it could free up their customs officials to harass small-time importers and look for illegal immigra... wait, that last bit didn't work out, but by and large they decided that the CE mark was a boon.

Only, as I said, the CE mark was open to more than a little fraud. First the simple way; attach a fake CE mark and paperwork to imported goods. Or, alternatively get a genuine mark by faking your inspection at the 'source'. I can guarantee you every single one of those tainted imports carried a CE mark or some other similar system. There's just no replacement for inspecting goods at the border.

Posted by: Archonix at August 28, 2007 3:24 PM

Damn Commies.

Posted by: MB at August 28, 2007 3:25 PM

china owes the clintoonyloons bigtime - after all, it was billary who cinched the panama canal deal...

if this does not make people suspect of these common criminals, nothing will. nothing.

Posted by: nanc at August 28, 2007 4:02 PM

With the Clintons, it's always "follow the money." They determined, upon acquiring power in 1992, that they would become wealthy (meaning really, really filthy rich) any damn way they could -- beg, borrow or steal (esp. the last).

Hills is so bloody arrogant, she knows she's got cover with the "mainstream" media (they'll carry her water anywhere, anytime, then beg for more), and any Democrat who utters anything more than a peep about her criminality will be shut down (or "disappeared") -- so follow the money, and you're sure to find a Clinton at the end of that stinking rat-hole of a rainbow.

Posted by: jc14 at August 28, 2007 7:06 PM