Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Who can keep up?

When Controversy Follows Cash
Some Fundraisers With Legal Issues Slip Through Campaigns' Vetting

By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 3, 2007; Page A01

Sant S. Chatwal, an Indian American businessman, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns, even as he battled governments on two continents to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens.

The founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant chain, Chatwal is one of a growing number of fundraisers in the 2008 presidential campaign whose backgrounds have prompted questions about how much screening the candidates devote to their "bundlers" while they press to raise record amounts.

There is more on similiare donations to the Edwards and Barack campaigns.

From GatewayPundit:

The latest Hillary illegal donor is a Japanese businessman named Tendo Oto.

Doug Ross is posting on the latest foreigner to donate to the Hillary Clinton campaign illegally- Japanese citizen Tendo Oto.

Plenty of Bill and Hillary’s pals know Tendo Oto. After all, they met him at the gala Hollywood fundraiser in 2000. Here he is, sitting right behind the Clintons at the Peter Paul concert.Doug from Upland has more on the illegal donations from Tendo Oto:IntroEpisode 1Episode 2Episode 3

Here's the short version from Free Republic:

...It is illegal for a foreign national to be at a candidate’s fundraiser. Oto gave 27 grand to help pay the expenses of the big event. He, of course, has no Social Security number, which is what the Secret Service begins with in the vetting process. They don't know much about him. There is no time to check the guy out.Peter Paul tells Bill of the problem. Well, shazaam, that’s not a problem. If he pays, he plays. Let the guy have a good time. It's not like he's some shady character who sold missile technology to the ChiComs or was part of the Russian Mafia dealing in black market nuclear technology. Tendo Oto, come on down. How nervous do you think the Secret Service was?But there are more people coming to the party. Oto has a camera crew from Japan that he wants to use to memorialize his exploits on film. The rules were that no outside news crews were allowed. Again, no problem. The exiting president told the Secret Service to stand down on those folks also.

Check out this by Doug from Upland, he posted this fax to Hillary at Free Republic

Still not convinced this kind of scandal will go anywhere. But we shall see.