Sweatshop - Abramoff Cash = Trouble for Clinton
Clinton Donations tied to Abramoff, Sweatshops and China
Owners of a Chinese Corporation tied to a $9 million dollar fine for operating sweatshops on a US Territory and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, have donated $10,000 to Hillary Clinton's run for the White House.
For more than twenty years Willie Tan and his family have been associated with sweatshops, labor abuse and corruption on the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, a US Territory in the Western Pacific just north of Guam. Abramoff successfully lobbied Congress to block reforms to the Marianas Islands, including an increase in the minimum wage.
Mr. Tan and his father, Tan Siu Lin signed a consent decree fifteen years ago for the largest fine in US Labor Department history. In late 2005 they each donated $2,000 to Senator Clinton. Three other Tan Family members donated $2,000 each to the Senator. One was, Raymond Tan, who is listed as a Chinese National on papers filed for a Hong Kong stock exchange IPO.
For most of the last fifteen years the Tan Family have been supporters of the Republican Party through their association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. The one notable exception came in 1995 when companies tied to the Tan Family donated $17,500 to the DNC while then First Lady Clinton was at a fund raiser on Guam.
These donations put Senator Clinton at odds with two key groups in the Democratic base, labor and women, while connecting her to the Jack Abramoff scandal and the Culture of Corruption in Washington.