And in the case of the New School in Greenwich Village, it turned out to have some national resonance: Norman Hsu, a major Democratic donor active in Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign and a New School trustee, was found to be a fugitive who had skipped out after a felony theft conviction in California 15 years ago.
Here’s the bill, S.1710. It’s the Labor/HHS/Education spending bill that’s being debated in the Senate right now. Do a search on “Clinton” a whole bunch of times (she has quite a few line items in this bill, $500k here, $250k there, $1.5 million over there) and you’ll eventually land at this earmark.
That’s $950k for the New School’s Institute for Urban Education, sponsored by Hillary and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Did Hsu’s many and varied bundles of campaign cash joy have any influence on making that generous earmark happen? Beats me. There sure is the appearance of a connection, though.
I’m reminded of this fun quote of her husband’s from a 1997 press conference.
I don’t believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution.
“…any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution…”
Yup. That’s how the Clintons roll, isn’t it.