:: Monday, August 04, 2003 ::
We may NEVER hear the end of the Clinton's! NEW RICH $CANDAL
- New York Post Online Edition: seven
Bill Clinton's socialite pal Denise Rich disguised a $2,000 donation to Hillary Rodham Clinton by coercing her record promoter to make the contribution and later reimbursing him, a new $30 million legal suit charges.
The promoter, Jimmy Hester, who filed the federal lawsuit in Manhattan yesterday, is now at the center of the FBI's long-running criminal probe into the circumstances surrounding Clinton's last-minute presidential pardoning of Rich's ex-husband, Marc Rich, The Post has learned.
Update: NY Daily News - World and National Report - Hillary playing it low-key on talk of illegal C-notes
Sen. Hillary Clinton should return a possibly illegal $2,000 campaign contribution made in 1999 by an employee of a top Democratic fund-raiser, a former federal elections official said yesterday.
In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, music manager Jimmy Hester charged that in 1999 his then-boss - wealthy songwriter and fund-raiser Denise Rich - demanded he make an illegal $2,000 campaign contribution to Clinton's Senate campaign. Hester said Rich later reimbursed him.
Representatives for Rich and Clinton (D-N.Y.) declined to comment yesterday.
But Larry Noble, general counsel of the Federal Election Commission from 1987 to 2000, said Clinton should simply give back the money amid the charges of impropriety.
The lawsuit is 'probably a pretty strong indication that [the money] should be returned ... that would raise enough concern,' Noble said.
:: Mark 12:45 PM [+] ::