Dirty Money

Clinton Fundraiser Gets 24 Years

A notorious fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and other political candidates was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for violating federal campaign-finance laws and for his role in a Ponzi scheme. In 2007, Clinton's campaign had to return $850,000 in funds raised through Norman Hsu, a California businessman. It was later revealed that Hsu was able to bundle the money by pressuring investors in his Ponzi scheme—through which he stole $20 million—to donate to candidates of his choosing. He was so successful that Clinton herself left Hsu a voicemail in which she thanked him by gushing, "What am I going to do with you, Norman? You are working so hard for me… I just don't even know what to say anymore. I've never seen anybody who has been more loyal and more effective and really just having greater success supporting someone than you."