Urbin Report

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

We ask again...

What did Hillary know and when did she know it?

This time, I'm summarizing a column by long time Clinton advisor Dick Morris. He writes about yet another fund raising scandel that is coming back to bite HRC.

His story is tied in with the information supplied by Senator Ted Kennedy's (d-MA) brother-in-law Ray Reggie.

Here are some of the highlights of Mr. Morris' column:

The senator's spokespeople insist that she didn't gain from the alleged crime — that the campaign realized no financial benefit from Rosen's understating the costs of a gala Clinton Hollywood fund-raiser.

Not true. Hillary's campaign realized not just a huge benefit, but one critical to her election chances.
If the real cost of the event were $1.2 million instead of $400,000, the campaign would have had to use hard money to make up the difference. The Hillary Clinton campaign would have had $800,000 less of hard money to spend running TV ads and funding get-out-the-vote operations.
First Lady Hillary Clinton was heavily dependent on large checks from fat-cat donors whom she and the president wined, dined, photographed, and hosted at the White House. And these folks gave a lot more than $1,000 each.
Did Hillary know? Paul and Tonken say she did, and it seems obvious that she must have: Hillary followed every dime in her campaign, personally calling donors for most of it. How could she possibly not have known of a decision that saved her $800,000?