Dubious Bush Benefactor Embedded in Clinton Camp

Alan Quasha makes a strange Dem bedfellow
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 8:09 PM CDT
Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at the National Women's Finance Council Summit in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has another backer as mysterious as the now-discredited Norman Hsu—this one a businessman who goes way back with George W. Bush. The Nation examines Clinton's ties to Alan Quasha, the Harken Energy magnate who bailed out the younger Bush’s oil company in 1986. Quasha now has an odd, under-the-radar connection to the Clinton campaign.

Democrats, including party fundraiser-in-chief chief Terry McAuliffe, criticized Bush early in his administration for his dealings with Harken, accused of shady links to Saudis and for "Enron-like accounting." Nonetheless, Quasha's entry into the Democratic camp began by giving  McAuliffe—currently Hillary's campaign chief—and another Clinton pal a paycheck and an office to work out of in the months leading up to the campaign launch.