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
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)
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(Newser) – 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."