Via Matt Lewis, I see this WSJ article on possible Hillary Clinton fundraising shenanigans. The WSJ reports that six members of a family that has donated a combined $45,000 to Hillary since 2005 (and a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates) all report as their address a tiny, one-story house in a working class suburb of San Francisco.
According to the article:
It isn’t obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative. Alice Paw, also 64, is a homemaker. The couple’s grown children have jobs ranging from account manager at a software company to “attendance liaison” at a local public high school. One is listed on campaign records as an executive at a mutual fund.
The underlying implication of the article is that the Paw family is being used by the wealthy New York businessman Norman Hsu, a major Hillary contributor, to get around the limits on individual political donations. Though the article is careful to avoid making that charge explicitly, it offers strong circumstantial evidence, such as the close correlation between their donations, and the fact that Hsu strangely once listed the Paw house as his residence.
Though the Clintons have a tendency to get embroiled with scandals, Hillary’s presidential bid has thus far been devoid of major scandal. If there is more to this Hsu story, it may begin to remind Democratic voters that they don’t really want to go back to the Clinton years, and could provide an opening for Obama as the change agent who will break the Clinton-Bush stranglehold on the White House and clean up Washington.