Harris kept money from disgraced Clinton donor

District Attorney Kamala Harris didn’t hesitate to go after her opponent for attorney general — Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley — for accepting money from a businessman who would eventually plead guilty in federal court to campaign finance fraud.

But it turns out Harris has kept a campaign donation of her own from disgraced contributor Norman Hsu, reports the L.A. Times.

What’s that expression about being in glass houses?

Hsu was a major contributor to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, and he made two contributions in 2006 to Harris for a total of $1,250. In 2007 as Harris was running for re-election, Hsu had been a fugitive for 15 years on grand theft charges in San Mateo County.

Clinton returned the $850,000 in contributions raised by Hsu for her presidential campaign, says the Times, and other candidates also returned money when his past became known, but not Harris.

Harris’ campaign says she was going to donate the money to charity, but then realized that would be against campaign finance rules, so she kept the money. Now, that it wouldn’t be breaking the rules, she plans on donating the money.

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