Thursday, July 08, 2010

Feds Pressure Dems to Return Money From Convicted Financier

The Hassan Nemazee story has flown so far under the media radar ever since the Democrat fatcat was indicted last year and then copping a plea in March. If he were connected with Republicans he'd be a household name by now. Back when the Obama bagman was first popped by the feds Democrats rushed to claim they'd be returning his dirty money.

Well apparently not too many of them have done so.

Shocking, isn't it?
The Democratic pols who got campaign cash from crooked financier Hassan Nemazee are being asked to return the dirty money so it can be forfeited to the feds.

More than 100 political committees and charities have been sent letters "advising them that they received the proceeds of fraud," according to papers filed in Manhattan federal court.

"Some of these organizations have returned the donated funds; some no longer exist; some have advised that they donated the Nemazee funds to charity upon learning of the defendant's arrest; some have declined to return the funds; and some are in the process of reviewing their records and evaluating the government's request," prosecutors wrote.

The filing does not identify any recipients of Nemazee's loot, but the Harvard-educated con man was national finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and also a big donor to leading liberals including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, ex-President Bill Clinton and ex-Vice President Al Gore.

Prosecutors told the judge that they planned to "promptly provide a further update...with respect to this process."
The filing may not identify the recipients, but we will. According to the link, those who've returned Nemazee's money are the DCCC, Senator Russell Feingold, Hillary Clinton (at least two donations) and Joe Biden, dating back to 2006.

That's it. The rest of them apparently lied when they said they'd pay the money back. They include luminaries such as Bernie Madoff pal Chuckie Schumer, Schumer puppet Kirsten Gillibrand, Dingy Harry, Frank Lautenberg, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, John Kerry, Carl Levin, Barbara Boxer and Al Franken, among others.

The GOP would be wise to make an issue of this in campaigns this fall, in particular against those running who are holding on to Nemazee's stolen loot.

Oh, and there's also a check he wrote to the current occupant of the White House for $9,200 that hasn't been repaid.

Why are these Democrats so eager to hang on to stolen money?

Newsmeat also has another New York listing here that include a number of the aforementioned Democrats but curiously, dating back to the early and mid 1990's, Nemazee for some reason seemed to be very fond of one Jesse Helms, the late North Carolina Republican Senator.

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