Cat’s Paws

For those of us struggling to explain why the US is cited as being more corrupt than the UK, here’s a possible explanation.

Transparency International measures the corruption levels of pols and public employees across the world using the reports of foreigners doing business there. The latest report is here, and shows the Brits at 8.6, and the US down at 7.3, even worse than France! – the higher the score, the less corrupt.

Of course many corrupt countries can be splendid to live in – for example Italy, which scores 4.9.

Still, I never encountered corruption in 25 years of working in the US and with US companies.

Seems I should have looked under the flight path from SFO:

One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.

Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

It isn’t obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess…

The Paws’ political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events.

Indeed.

UPDATE:

It gets worse:

A Democratic fundraiser who has raised $1 million for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says he has done nothing wrong and has asked no favors in return, but Norman Hsu didn’t mention that he’s a wanted man.

A California prosecutor says Hsu pleaded no contest to grand theft, was sentenced to three years in prison and then disappeared, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

He will no doubt claim he was sentenced out of context.

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2 Responses to Cat’s Paws

  1. dearieme says:

    And yet. When it became clear that the late trouble in New Orleans didn’t occur because of failure to build flood defences, but because the defences failed, I mentioned it to a cousin. She works in contracting. “Corruption”, she said. She was very firm; in large parts of the US you must assume that all public construction work is corrupt.

  2. Jay says:

    Louisiana is a “special” case.

    Ref Hsu, I’m so surprised that one of her major contributors is a felon.

    I wonder what the Paws rent is in that place. If it’s free or unusually cheap in exchange for using their names, I suspect that’d be illegal – but how would you prove it?

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