Saturday, September 01, 2007

Did Hsu's Donations to Hillary Buy Federal Assistance

I had missed this earlier from the New York Times:

He became a trustee at the New School and was elected to the Board of Governors of Eugene Lang College there. He endowed a scholarship in his name at the college and was co-chairman of a benefit awards dinner in 2006 that featured Mrs. Clinton, who had secured a $950,000 earmark for a mentoring program at the college for disadvantaged city youths.

Asked yesterday about Mr. Hsu, Brian Krapf, a spokesman for the New School, said in a statement that “it is inappropriate to talk about a matter involving one of our trustees, particularly while we are still gathering all the facts.”

Hsu was a large donor both to Hillary and to the New School. It will be interesting to see what role Hsu may have played in the earmark she secured.

If you want a good laugh, check out this thread at the DailyKos, where the first post from a new diarist is a lengthy summary of Hillary and Bill's fundraising scandals -- including Hsu. The Kossacks seem unsure whether the poster is a right winger, or just some sensible Democrat warning against nominating Hillary.

A rose by any other name...

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