Fundraiser Norman Hsu Convicted

When we last checked in with Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, he had just pleaded guilty to fraud relating to one of his investment schemes, probably hoping to keep those allegations out of his trial for making fraudulent campaign contributions.

It didn't make a difference. After less than a full day of deliberations, a Manhattan jury has convicted him of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to get around limits.

Hsu's defense argued he was framed by investors who cut deals with the government to avoid prosecution.

Updated news article here.

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    He seems so inconsequential now. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:22:16 AM EST

    Unfortunately, (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Bemused on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:06:38 PM EST
      pretty much the same can be said about the majority of politicians holding positions requiring massive fundraising to attain.

      We express outrage, or gawk and joke (or both) at the foibles exposed in the relatively rare instances when the corruption draws attention to specific cases but we just can't seem to muster the will to overcome the interests of the connected politicians and the special interests looking to buy them by enacting real reform.

      Busting the occasional crook and shaming the pols caught up in the scandals doesn't seem to be helping much.

    but not then.... (4.50 / 2) (#2)
    by Bemused on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:31:46 AM EST

    ... at least in the eyes of our esteemed Secretary of State.

      I hope she's  a bit more prudent in trusting and praising (sucking up to) useful foreign but corrupt foreign officials. On the bright side, at least she isn't President.

    same could be said for Mr.Obama and his Chicago (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by iceblinkjm on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:49:17 AM EST
    associates and relationships. Who chipped in money to buy a certain someone a multi million dollar home?

    At least she did something about it (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by sleepingdogs on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:14:56 PM EST
    when it was discovered what was going on.  Now remind me again, how much ongoing investigation has gone into the fake names contributing to Obama.  Anyone remember Mr. Loving You, et al?

    Clinton returned more than $800,000 in Hsu-linked contributions after details of the Ponzi scheme became public.

    All that time spent registering and stuff (none / 0) (#7)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:36:04 PM EST
    only to get your spam comment deleted and IP blocked w/in minutes. Good luck!

    thanks, already zapped (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:41:08 PM EST
    I can't figure out why they keep doing it either...most are from India, England and Australia.

    Framed? (none / 0) (#9)
    by KoolJeffrey on Tue May 19, 2009 at 01:05:43 PM EST
    I didn't think people used that defense anymore.  I guess it's better than being "framed" for murder, like in old detective dramas.