Clinton Will Regift Fugitive Fundraiser's Donation

Major Dem contributor is a wanted man
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 10:13 AM CDT
Clinton Will Regift Fugitive Fundraiser's Donation
Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a house party in Concord, N.H. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)   (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton will give away $23,000 she received from a major Democratic fundraiser who has turned out to be a wanted fugitive. Norman Hsu has raised or donated more than $1 million in recent years, but California prosecutors says he disappeared in 1992 after pleading no contest to a charge of defrauding investors, the LA Times reports.

Numerous other Democrats have said they will return Hsu's donations; the Clinton campaign initially said it wouldn't, but a spokesman said learning of the warrant prompted reconsideration. In a statement through his lawyer, Hsu said he was unaware of the outstanding warrant, adding, "I have not sought to evade any of my obligations and certainly not the law." (More Norman Hsu stories.)

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