Obama to Keep Norman Hsu's Money
While Hillary, Al Franken, Bill Richardson and others are returning Norman Hsu's campaign contributions, Obama is not.
Hsu also made donations to the Illinois senatorial campaign of Barack Obama in 2004. Yesterday, spokesman Jen Psaki said Obama, who has criticized Clinton for taking contributions that could undermine her independence, had no plans to return Hsu's donations.
I'm not going to criticize Obama for not returning the money. I think returning it was premature since it hasn't been determined there is anything illegal about the donations and as I said here, felons should be encouraged to participate in the political process, particularly after they've served their time (yes, I know Hsu doesn't fall in that category but his crime was 15 years ago and he's been law-abiding since.)
[F]elons should have the same right to contribute to society and seek to better their government as everyone else .... Allowing felons, particularly after they've served their sentence to become engaged in the political process likely gives them a greater investment in remaining law-abiding and reduces recidivism.
I hope the Hsu case doesn't result in campaigns demanding past criminal history information from those who seek to contribute. That would be a bad precedent.
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