New York’s Chinese flood Clinton’s coffers with cash

Posted on October 20, 2007 

New York’s Chinese flood Clinton’s coffers with cash

Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at an apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door. And again not far away, at 88 E. Broadway beneath the Manhattan bridge, where vendors chatter in Mandarin and Fujianese as they hawk rubber sandals and bargain-basement clothes.

All three locations, along with scores of others in some of the poorest Chinese neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, have been swept by an extraordinary impulse to shower money on one particular presidential candidate: Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated homes seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton’s campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for gritty urban poverty yielded $380,000. When Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., ran for president in 2004, he received $24,000 from Chinatown.

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