Hillary Holds Tight to Tainted Cash

Others pledge to re-gift alleged oil-for-food profiteer’s donations
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2007 12:32 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., greets the crowd as she arrives to speak at the Service Employees International Union Political Action Conference in Washington, Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – While some politicians pledged to dump contributions from a Texas oilman whose trial for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein opens this week, Hillary Clinton offered no promises. The presidential frontrunner off-loaded $23,000 from frequent fugitive Norman Hsu recently and returned $850,000 he raised for her, but she’s holding on to $5,000 donated by Oscar Wyatt and wife Lynn, Politico reports.

Joe Biden has donated $1,000 and John McCain will ditch his $6,000 if Wyatt is convicted on 2005 fraud and conspiracy charges that could net him 60 years. Wyatt once explained why he gave 70% of donations totaling $670,000 to the left, saying, “when Democrats are in power, there’s usually chaos. And in chaos, there’s opportunity.” (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)