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Bill Clinton in Chicago for second time in four days

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Posted September 10, 2007 9:34 PM
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by John McCormick

On a day Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced it was returning $850,000 tied to a Democratic fundraiser under federal investigation, former President Bill Clinton helped raise at least $125,000 for his wife in Chicago.

About 600 donors gathered this evening to hear Clinton speak at the SushiSamba restaurant in the River North neighborhood. The event was closed to the media.

Admission to the sold-out event ranged from $100 to $1,000, with those at the top end invited to spend some time with Clinton in a private VIP room.

Sen. Clinton has made a greater effort in recent months to try to raise money from the Chicago area, a region she largely ceded to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois during the first part of the year.

Clinton's campaign, meanwhile, said Monday it would return donations raised by fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for allegedly violating election laws.

Previously, her campaign had said it had only planned to give to charity $23,000 she received from Hsu for her presidential and senatorial campaigns and to her political action committee, HillPac.

The FBI is investigating whether Hsu paid so-called straw donors to send campaign contributions to Clinton and other candidates, a law enforcement official said Monday.

On his arrival, Clinton told reporters that he did not know anything about the Hsu matter.

Clinton said there is no reason to be shy about raising money in Chicago, even if it is Obama's home.

"Hillary has a lot of supporters here," he said. "We ought to give them a chance to support her. That's all we are doing."

Also in attendance was Jay Robert "J.B." Pritzker, who is helping raise money for Clinton, even though his sister, Penny Pritzker, is Obama's national finance chair.

The former president was in Chicago just a few days ago, when he signed copies of his new book at a downtown store on Friday and spoke to an entrepreneur conference.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Senator Hillary and Senator Barack have nothing to be ashamed of, anyone can donate to a campaign and neither of them have been charged with doing anything wrong, (as much as the Republic Party goons would want everyone to think that).

I'm glad Hillary is giving back the cash, she doesn't need it anyway, the Dems are kicking the Wingnuts arse in fundraising
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/us/politics/04repubs.html?ex=1341201600&en=7665cf3435833374&ei=5088&partner=rs

*Amount in the DSCC bank account: $20.4 Million

*Amount in the RSCC bank account: $5.8 Million
(Source: Washington Post)


The Clinton campaign should be commended for a job well done. Returning almost 1million dollars is a large sum that could have been spent on advertising, travel, ect. She should take comfort in the fact that she has a strong base of support already on her side. Maybe Obama should consider returning all his Hsu money??


No, Slick Willy doesn't know anything about the Hsu money, just like he didn't know about the Chinese money in 1996, the FBI files, Monica, bin Laden, Whitewater, Castle Grande, pardons, etc.


If only Bill could still be president.

Still, I'm all for Obama. He'd just be the better president above everyone trying to win their party. It's not even close.


"On his arrival, Clinton told reporters that he did not know anything about the Hsu matter."

Reminds me of the Nazi prison guard, Sgt. Schultz, in the old "Hogan's Heroes" comedy series, whose tag line was "I know nothing, nothing!"


Nobody has been charged with a crime just yet... what a compelling argument for your candidates!

The Democrats are hauling in tons of money (from lobbyists and PACs)... what a great argument for your party!

Oh let's not talk about policy, please. It makes my head hurt.

Mommy, can I have a Peanutbutter 'n' Nanner sammich for lunch?


So Hillary returns her ill-gotten gains and everything is hunky-dory. That doesn't work in any other law violation. How about accomplice before or after the fact? How about receipt of illegal funds? Remember the Clinton campaign of 1996? Twenty-two persons were CONVICTED of campaign fraud for funneling illegal contributions to the Clinton campaign. Here they go again!


John E,
I wouldn't do an endzone dance too soon. Just wait until the Republics shake down their Saudi Sheik friends for money. You see it's in their minds it's bad when Democrats get money from a country with Most Favored Nation status such as China but when Republics get money from a country that exported 17 of 19 hijackers who killed 3000 Americans and regularly hold telethons to raise money for Hamas, well that just means the wheels of democracy are turning and everything is rainbows and lolipops.


Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once the leader ofthe free world, now out as his wife's errand boy for votes. I think a bigger problem that hillary being President (and there are too many to list)is what to call bill. First...man ( since 1st LADY is used??)first...husband, first wimp...this is a tough one. I am curious as to what others think he would be referred as.....


Bruce, that line was humorous the last time you used it when your name was Damen, but not quite as funny when you said it when your name was Former Leftist, but the best of all time has to be when you said the same thing and your name was JFK Democrat. How many aliases can you create? At least come up with a different voice for each character. I applaud you efforts with your latest creation BOB.


Why not give the money to charity? If this is tainted money then it should not be returned to its unlawful source. But it also begs the question of Sen.Clinton's judgement in the first place.


Oh Dumb Dumb Janet, who are you to mock someone else for allegedly using other names? Janet, dear, or is that Susan??? We know for a fact you have used other names, now don't we, Janet, dear? Or is that Susan? Hasn't Mark Silva had to change your other names back to you, Janet, dear????


Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once the leader ofthe free world, now out as his wife's errand boy for votes. I think a bigger problem that hillary being President (and there are too many to list)is what to call bill. First...man ( since 1st LADY is used??)first...husband, first wimp...this is a tough one. I am curious as to what others think he would be referred as.....

Posted by: Rob S | September 11, 2007 10:25 AM

Classic Republicant up-is-down/white-is-black "thoughts" from a chump who lives in the past because the present, run by his murderous hero, is a complete disaster.

Clinton was President of the U.S. for 8 years, which is maxed out. Most would agree that that represents exponentially greater success than the average person would ever expect. Certainly more succeess than someone as small as you could ever hope for, Robbo.

I believe his title would end up being "First Gentlemen of the United States, President Bill Clinton." While your title would be: "drunken ditch-digger, second class."

It's hardly a bad reflection on Bill that his wife has a very real chance of becoming president, particularly in light of his having already maxed out his term. Some men take pride in their wives' professional successes. And they don't feel emasculated by it. My guess is that in contrast, your wife should expect nothing from you but a good beating. Go back in your hole, chump.


Still, I'm all for Obama. He'd just be the better president above everyone trying to win their party. It's not even close.

Posted by: RomanB | September 10, 2007 11:08 PM

I AGREE!!!

When Obama is president (and Oprah his Sec of State, Will Smith Sec of Defense) US forces will withdraw from Iraq in an hour -- hour-and-a-half tops -- we'll bomb the hell out of Pakistan and of course kill OBL in the process and the whole world will love America again!!!


Oh, little Johnny D: Bill Clinton knew about bin Laden, and his people TOLD Bush's incoming nincompoops to watch out for Al Qaeda. They promptly ignored that advice, and instead started thinking about attacking Iraq.


Gee golly "a blinkin", looks like you could use some personal counseling and anger management classes. I am a Social Worker, so I can give you some referrals.
Gee, bill maxed out his term, no kidding. Gentleman is not the term I would use for a man that decided Rum was not good enough to soak his cigar in. And if an adulterer is your idea of a gentleman, well enough said.

As for my success', they are too many to name. Happily and faithfully married 27 years (how about you?), 3 wonderful children all in honors program. An oldest daughter that received a full scholorship guaranteed for 4 years (how about your kids?), a successful Social Worker/QMRP career for 27 years (what do you do?).

So you can resort to pre-pubescent put downs all day. When I give tests to determine intellectual abilities, name calling such as you so eloquently portrayed is usually a sign of diminished intellectual functioning, usually in the 6 - 10 year range. A classic characteristic exhibited is being unable to express oneself in accordance with their biological age. Of course, I would need to test you to determine the actual score. I would probably utilize the Peabody Picture Vocalbulary Test (look it up), designed for poeple with limited verbal capacity. But you definetly fit the verbal criteria of a Developmentally Disabled Adult functioning in the mild to moderate MR range.


Posted by: Rob S | September 11, 2007 1:29 PM

blinkin,
Robby has been caught on here calling Dems "retarded" and then he claims that it's OK because he works with mentally challanged people.

You've gotta love the hypocrisy, I'm glad he's a Republic Party member.


Robbo:

Nothing is less impressive to me than pseudo psychobabble from the likes of you.

What I find noteworthy in your pathetic "defense" is that you fail to address my underlying criticism of your first post, namely that is absurd to suggest that Bill Clinton is anything but a success. This is true with Clinton standing alone and no less true by virtue of the fact that is wife is also a success. You could not defend your position on that point and instead attack me for attacking you.

Your daughter is doing well? If so, it's despite having you for a father and thus to her great credit. If she achieves some level of professional success will you look down on your son-in-law for supporting her, just as you characterize Bill Clinton as an "errand boy" for supporting his wife?

What do I do for a living? I clean bus station toilets with my mouth, licking every one to a sparkle. Hope that makes you feel better about yourself. You need all the help you can get.


Reminds me of the Nazi prison guard, Sgt. Schultz, in the old "Hogan's Heroes" comedy series, whose tag line was "I know nothing, nothing!"

Posted by: Bruce | September 11, 2007 12:21 AM

Actually Brucie that's your pal Alberto Gonzales...He knows nothing. He doesn't remember that. He can't recall this, he doesn't have any recollection of that. Are people actuallly supposed to believe that. Your not the sharpest knief in the drawer, are you Brucie??
And dumb dumb John D. and his Clinton fetish. Yeah, Berto Gonzales doesn't remember nothing either. Wink wink.


Hey John E. We have been down this road before. I will call dem', rep's, a blinkin or you retarded if I felt it so. I have critisized rep as much as dem's. It does you no good to be thankful that I am a rep. I have said numerous times that I vote for who I think is right, without consideration of their party affiliation. So, my use of retarded has nothing to do with a candidates party. Just asl Obama, who is one of many dem's that have received my vote because I think they are the most qualified. My party "affiliation" goes back to when I registered to vote. Not once in my 27 years as a registered voter has a candidates party influenced my vote.
As for whether I think it is right to use the word or not because of what I do, nice try. It's called 1st ammendment. I could use the term moron, jerk, dork etc. But I would not qant to further put you or ablinkin down anymore.
a blinkin, you can call what I say psychobabble or any other moniker you choose. Use your limited computer skills to lokk up the PPVT. Look in the DSM IVfor the determination range for MR.
I defended my thoughts very clearly. clinton is not a gentleman. And I gave an example why. Maybe you should read closer.
Oh, and my wife has been a special education teacher for 27 years. We have been asked numerous times what our secret is. It is called love. So, your latest blog does a lot more to prove my point than vice-versa. You cannot write a blog without childish jabs, so look in the DSM IV pages 39 - 40. This will give you my impression of you.


Robbsie:

I'm truly flabbergasted that someone who claims to be a social worker, and claims to have a loving wife who teaches special ed, would try (in vain) to disparage someone by calling them mentally retarded. You're a twisted phony. Look that up in DSM IV.


how long was Bill's speech at the Sushi Bar? I had to leave because he was soo late.


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