Partito Nostro: Doing Business with the Clinton Syndicate
By: Justin Darr
In the final years of the Clinton Presidency, Hollywood producer and entrepreneur, Peter Paul, attempted to recruit outgoing President Bill Clinton to take a seat on the Board of Directors of Stan Lee Media, the innovative on-line animation company Paul co-founded in 1999.
Paulâ€™s motives were simple. He wanted to â€œâ€¦hire an ex-President to promote a company that inspired and motivated adolescents.â€ To accomplish this, Paul organized an offer to Clinton of $17 million in cash, stock, and donations to the Clinton Library. Well worth the price when you consider the notoriety and prestige Stan Lee Media would have gained if Clinton joined the company.
However, what Peter Paul got was a guided tour of the putrid underbelly of Clintonian politics. A place where the powerful openly manipulate our justice and political systems for their own personal gain, conspire to destroy anyone who stands in their way. They systematically ignore the laws, and standards of morality and common decency that apply to the rest of us. Peter Paul discovered the hard way that there are two systems of justice in America: One for the Clintons, and another for the rest of us.
Hillary Clinton hid Paulâ€™s contributions of over $1.2 million to her campaign from the F.E.C. and denied she even knew Paul. When the smoke cleared, Hillary was elected to the Senate while Paul’s company was forced into bankruptcy and he personally lost $1.2 million dollars. All because he wanted to ‘sell some super heroes’.
A survey of the major players in the case of Peter Paul shows just how deeply Bill and Hillary Clinton, their closest associates, and some of the most prominent officials in the Democratic Party, have allowed corruption to infect our political process. They may have impressive titles, but take those away and the Clinton Political Syndicate is
nothing more than a gang of street thugsâ€¦ with one key difference, the government will do nothing to stop them.
You would think it would be fairly easy to get noticed if you were offering someone $17 million to come work with you. No so in the case of Bill Clinton. In order for Peter Paul just to gain access to President Clintonâ€™s associates so he could begin talking to them about talking to Clinton for him, he first had to deal with the Democratic Partyâ€™s main moneyman, Chairman on the Democratic National Committee, now Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell. Paul met Rendell at a fundraiser, where he proposed his idea about Clinton joining Stan Lee Media. Rendell, long time veteran of the Philadelphia â€œPay for Playâ€ system where kickbacks, bribes, and back room deals with corrupt politicians are the price of doing business, told him quite bluntly that in order to get his proposal to Clinton, he would have to pay up. For starters, $30,000 to co-host a DNC fundraiser on February 17, 2000, featuring Bill Clinton as the key note speaker, at CafÃ© De Artistes, in Hollywood.
At the fundraiser, Paul was seated with Bill, however, by now the hustle was on. Rendell approached Paul and told him that in order to get even more access to the President, he would have to come up with even more cash and offer to hold a Clinton fundraising event in his home. But that was not all. In April 2000, Rendell also asked Paul for an additional $150,000 to underwrite and produce yet another fundraiser, this time for Al Gore, in June 2000.
While producing the â€œHollywood Supports Goreâ€ fundraiser, Rendell was back again asking Paul for yet another $150,000, this time to underwrite a fundraiser at Spago Restaurant for Hillary Clinton. Paul ended up paying $32,000 in expenses related to the luncheon, in addition to the $150,000 he pledged, but now he could at least get to talk to Hillary about Paulâ€™s deal with Bill.
Finally, after over a quarter of a million dollars spent in campaign donations and event promotions, Rendell arranged with the Secret Service to have Paulâ€™s deal mentioned to President Clinton in person.
Unlike many other political donors, Peter Paul was not politically motivated in his donations. He was seeking out a business relationship with an outgoing President. Rendell opened the door for Paul to get his offer to the President, but also lined the pockets of the DNC, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton campaigns in the process. Curiously, reporting none of it to the F.E.C.
The relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton is a complex, some would say incomprehensible one. It is obvious that while most couplesâ€™ marriages exist for the purpose of creating a family and happiness, the Clinton marriage has existed only to produce power.
Maintaining power, and keeping themselves in the limelight, was the only thing Bill and Hillary Clinton were thinking about as the Clinton Presidency ended. Just as Hillary was pushing aside Monica Lewinskiâ€™s blue dress, Bill was pushing aside his Vice President, Al Gore, so he could focus more completely on getting his wife into the Senate.
This was a larger task than many imagine. While Hillary is one of the most popular political figures in the country, her support tends to be diffused along national, rather than regional lines. Lacking a preexisting geographic base, the Clintons had to shop for a venue with a sufficient number of liberal voters to elect Hillary into office.
The problem was that most of these liberal areas already had liberal Senators representing them: California, both seats taken; Massachusetts, both seats taken; the Clintonâ€™s home for decades, Arkansas, well, they were happy to see Hillary leave and the feeling was mutual. Luckily, there was one seat open in one blue state, New York, and that,
coincidentally, was where the Clintons decided to â€œretireâ€ after leaving the White House.
The second problem for Hillaryâ€™s Senate run was funding. Most people running for Senate are political veterans who already have established organizations in place to produce political donations from local sources. Hillary did not have the time, or desire, to build up a grass roots organization. Hillary, never fond of getting down with the â€œdirty
nailâ€ crowd, chose, instead, to solicit funding for her campaign through her existing network of special interest groups and large block donations generated from mega fundraisers scattered across the nation.
Who better to drive this national fundraising effort than the popular two term President Clinton?
The leftâ€™s enthusiasm for Bill Clinton is something rarely seen outside of religious cults. During the Clinton years, the sun was a little brighter; the grass a little greener, and cherry soda was pumped through all the drinking fountains, according to the left.
In the final months of his Presidency, Clinton supporters would do anything to make the claim that they had a piece of the Clinton legacy. Whether it was a weekend in the Lincoln Bedroom, seeing him speak, or stealing all the pens and toothpaste (and probably floor mats) off Air Force One, everyone wanted something that said â€œI was there when Clinton was king.â€
Clinton exploited this by using access to himself to generate revenue for Hillaryâ€™s political ambitions. Want to hear Clinton talk about the price of tea in China? No freebies here, shell out a grand to the benefit of Hillary 2000. Whether Clintonâ€™s fans supported Hillary or not, they were all willing to pay to see Bill.
No small time tea and sandwich events either. Hillary likes her money in big chunks, preferably from big name donors who might impress people into voting for her.
Where better to find supporters like this than Hollywood, California?
And, who better to organize events like this than respected Hollywood producer Peter Paul?
After initial contacts, Bill Clinton agreed to accept Paulâ€™s $17 million deal to join Stan Lee Media. However, Clintonâ€™s agreement came with a caveat. Help Hillary win the Senate, or there is no deal.
Peter Paul responded by organizing the largest Senate political fundraiser in history. â€œThe Hollywood Tributeâ€ was also the largest single private concert in history, featuring the talents of Cher, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, and Paul Anka, among others. Tickets to attend the concert were $1000 each, with an additional offer of attending the concert and dinner with the Clintons for $25,000 a couple. In all, over 1,200 people attended the concert with 350 staying for dinner, raising over $1.1 million in donations. This event was billed as Bill Clintonâ€™s goodbye to Hollywood as President, and his supporters turned out in droves with their pocket books open. However, the beneficiary of this concert was not Bill Clinton, or his Presidential Library, by the Senate campaign of his wife.
After the initial contacts with President Clinton regarding Paulâ€™s offer to join Stan Lee Media, Clinton indicated that he would prefer if Paul would deal directly with his close friend and associate, Jim Levin, rather than himself.
Jim Levin, the former owner of â€œThe Doll House,â€ a Chicago top-less bar that nationally popularized the trend of strip clubs offering lap dances to their patrons, filled many roles in the Clinton White House.
In addition to serving on Hillaryâ€™s fundraising committee, Levin played prominently in the Al Gore Presidential campaign, raising money for the Clinton Library, and was allegedly â€œthe lap dance provider to the President.â€
In any other organization, a person with Jim Levinâ€™s background would be considered an embarrassment, or at least a hindrance to the groupâ€™s public image. However, in the Clinton White House, Jim Levin was considered a personal friend and confidant. A person with such a low standard of ethics that he could be counted on to do the Clintonâ€™s dirty work.
After Levin presented the President with Paulâ€™s official written offer to join Stan Lee Media, Levin returned the message to Paul that the President had accepted the offer subject to Paulâ€™s underwriting and producing a major fundraising event for the benefit of Hillaryâ€™s Senate campaign.
Paul agreed, and Levin set up a conference call between Paul, himself, and other high level contacts within the Hillary Camp.
During this conference call, the first discussions of Paulâ€™s helping underwrite and produce the Hollywood Tribute were made. Initially, Paul agreed to pay roughly half the costs of the event, about $525,000, with the rest of the funding coming from other sources. However, as the event neared, the other sources of funding did not materialize and Paul was forced to cover the entire cost. The Hillary campaign even refused to help finance the cost of printing and sending the invitations for the event.
In the face of funding the entire Hollywood Tribute on his own, Paul began to balk at the astronomically escalating expenses. At this point, Levin turned from Clinton confidant to Clinton enforcer, as he, and others associated with Hillary, threatened Paul that if he failed to produce the entire Hollywood event, as planned, the deal between Stan
Lee Media and the President would be off, Paul would lose all the money he had already invested into the event, and Levin and his associates would accuse Paul of incompetence and blame him personally for the failure of the event, irreparably damaging his reputation in Hollywood.
Blackmailed with no alternative, Paul continued to produce the event. However, only at the continued assurance from Levin that the deal to have the President work with Stan Lee Media was still intact.
Levin even became a frequent visitor to the offices of Stan Lee Media, interviewing employees, evaluating the accommodations, and otherwise planning for the President to eventually joining the company. During one of these visits, Levin was introduced to Tendo Oto, President of Venture Soft Company, Ltd., out of Japan.
Oto learned of Paulâ€™s plans to bring Clinton onboard Stan Lee Media, and desiring to gain access to the President to assist him in taking Venture Soft public in Japan, agreed to finance one half of the $5 million cash portion of the $17 million Clinton deal and to joint ventures between Venture Soft and Stan Lee Media in the far east.
Paul explained the association between Oto and Stan Lee Media, and Levin signed a confidentiality agreement acknowledging the â€œproprietary natureâ€ of their relationship. In other words, Levin agreed that Oto and Stan Lee Media where one in the same. The Clintons could not work with Oto independently of Stan Lee Media.
Based on the access gained by Paul with the President, Levin arranged for Oto to attend events at the White House normally forbidden to foreign national under normal circumstances, even managing to have a photo of Oto taken sitting in the chair of the President in the Oval Office.
Oto, Levin, and the Clintonâ€™s became so close that Oto was initiated into the time honored Clinton tradition of backstabbing their friends. After arranging for Oto to attend a state dinner at the White House in September 2000 and the Hollywood Tribute, Paul learned that Levin had flown to Japan to personally set up a deal between Oto and the President independent of Stan Lee Media in complete violation of his confidentiality agreement.
Instead of Oto working with Stan Lee Media, he entered into an independent deal where Clinton would get the $2.5 million promised to Stan Lee Media, Venture Soft would get its U.S. subsidiary, with Levin at its head, and Peter Paul would be left holding the bag with Stan lee Media and its public shareholders sharing the consequences of being denied $2.5 million in funding Oto promised in November, 2000 when the dot com meltdown made funding in the US impossible.
After Hillary utilized the money generated from the Hollywood Tribute to win her seat on the Senate, Bill and Hillary Clinton never spoke to Paul again. It was not until 2005 that Paul learned Levin and the Clintons had induced Oto into secretly incorporating Venture Soft, USA, in Illinois with Levin as the manager, just days after Hillary’s Senate election victory. The Clintonâ€™s effectively pulling the plug on Stan Lee Media’s financing from Japan caused the company to fold a month later and made the job offer to Bill untenable.
In typical Clintonesque style, Bill’s defense for not working with Stan lee media in late January 2001 was that the company had become insolvent. An insolvency created by Clintonâ€™s own interference with a strategic partner of the company.
When Paul reached out to the Clintons, he could not even get a return phone call. The Clintons acted as though nothing had ever happened. Paulâ€™s role in producing the Hollywood Tribute was denied; over half the money Paul spent on the Tribute was not reported to the F.E.C., leaving Paul with nothing to show for his good faith efforts than a damaged reputation and depleted bank account.
Just add one more victim to the pile of those unfortunate enough to do business with the Clintons.
After Hillaryâ€™s election and the subsequent fallout from the attempted deal with Bill Clinton, Paul decided to fight back and pursue the Clintons through the Justice Department and courts in an attempt to hold them accountable for what they have done.
In the case of â€œPETER F. PAUL, Plaintiff, v. WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOR U.S.
SENATE COMMITTEE, INC., NEW YORK SENATE 2000, DAVID ROSEN,
GARY SMITH, JAMES LEVIN, and AARON TONKENâ€, the Clintons tried to pass off a campaign worker, David Rosen, as the mastermind behind the entire plot to defraud Paul out of millions of dollars and hide his enormous
contributions from the F.E.C.
David Rosen was Hillary Clintonâ€™s national finance director and had extensive contact with Paul throughout his entire association with the Clintons and the planning of the Hollywood Tribute. However, as the foreman of the jury at the trial said, â€œRosen did not have the â€˜means or cloutâ€™ to carry out what the government alleged.â€ (Associated Press, May 29, 2005.)
The Court acquitted Rosen of all charges because he was so low on the Clinton political totem pole that he was not even responsible to sign the fraudulent F.E.C. paperwork submitted by the Hillary Campaign.
Contrary to the Clintonâ€™s duplicitous efforts to on one hand feign support for Rosen and attest to his innocence, and on the other to paint him as some kind of super criminal out of one of Stan Leeâ€™s comics, David Rosen is, in reality, a 30-something political fundraiser whom
Peter Paul â€œwould not have bought an encyclopedia from,â€ if it had not been for the fact that he was representing the Clintons.
In fact, treasurer of Hillaryâ€™s Joint Fundraising Committee, New York State 2000, Andrew Grossman, admitted to filing the false F.E.C. reports and hiding over $700,000 in contributions from Paul in January 2006. But he is not the one getting charged. Nor have the Clintons been called to the stand to testify under oath.
However, this has not stopped the Clintons from declaring victory in the case and acting as though the acquittal of a person who was not responsible for their crimes is the same as an acquittal for themselves.
This is just one more example of the Clintons destroying a person to cover up their own crimes.
The Clintons could not get away with what they do if they did not have some pretty powerful friends, or, as is the case with the Clintons, enemies who are unwilling to do what is right.
If the Clintons were not the Clintons but you, me, or any other person, they would be in jail for the crimes they committed long before the they ever met Peter Paul. However, Bill Clinton offers something to the Democratic Party that they have not had in over 40 years. A candidate with true charisma and appeal to the general public.
Take Bill Clinton away from the Democrats and all you would have would be a conglomeration of organized labor puppets with ties to organized crime, 1960â€™s burnouts, effeminate college professors, animal-rights activists, and people who want to burn all our cars, build thatched huts, and live on nothing but tofu and wi-fi internet access.
Despite the fact Bill Clinton can never again be President, his awesome presence and ability to generate cash is so indispensable to the survival of the Democratic Party that they are even willing to try to propel his acidic wife into the White House to keep him happy.
The Democrats are also willing to sell themselves out and cut deals to protect him.
In June 2002, word was leaked that Congressional Democrats and the White House had made a secret deal where the Clintons would escape criminal indictments stemming from the â€œPardongateâ€ scandal, and, in return, Democrats would not aggressively obstruct Bushâ€™s agenda in the Congress.
Who really knows how far this deal with the devil the Republicans made to protect the Clintons actually goes. However, these are the facts in Peter Paulâ€™s case:
The Federal Election Commission, despite finding evidence supporting Peter Paulâ€™s allegations against the Clintons and even the admission of wrongdoing of Hillaryâ€™s campaign treasurer has done almost nothing in five years to prosecute this case.
The Bush controlled Justice Department, likewise has done almost nothing in five years. They have refused to call the Clintons as witnesses, withheld information regarding the case from the public for years, and they have refused to prosecute high-ranking Clinton officials in lieu of David Rosen, and even then, made efforts to stress that the Clintons themselves were not targets of the prosecution.
However, the largest enabler of them all has been, surprisingly, the Republican Party.
Setting all backroom deals aside about protecting the Clintons, the Republicans know that Hillary is going to run for the Presidency in 2008 as certainly as she still does not know who the catcher for the Yankees is. The Republicans also know Hillary is no Bill Clinton.
While Hillary may be â€œunconvictable,â€ she is far from â€œunbeatable.â€ Her record on the issues alone makes John Kerry look like an icon on consistency by comparison, and her personality is one the American people will find abhorrent once the barriers Hillary has erected between herself and anyone who might ask her a tough question collapse under the scrutiny of a Presidential run.
Despite the fact that every conservative blogger worth his salt has a â€œHillaryâ€ file at the ready for the day she declares her candidacy, much of this information is outdated.
Nobody is really going to care about Whitewater, Travelgate, Pardongate, or Monica Lewinski in 2008. These issues will be old news and Hillary would be able to easily deflect these attacks calling them â€œefforts to drum up the resolved issues of the past,â€ or â€œthe vast right wing conspiracyâ€ trying to take another shot at Bill.
What the Republicans need is a new Clinton scandal for the 2008 election, and the Peter Paul scandal fits the bill perfectly.
However, it is too early. The Republicans do not want Hillary to lose her seat in the Senate; they want her to lose her bid for the White House. When Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, as expected, only then will the Republicans have a need for Peter Paul. But, the Republicans want to time this informationâ€™s release so it has the
maximum political impact.
When the magnitude of what Hillary has done becomes apparent to the American people, and they realize just how dangerous this woman is, they will never vote for her, and the White House will easily be won by another Republican.
Sounds like a good plan if you do not mind that it is unethical and deceitful. Justice delayed is justice denied, and political expedience should have no impact on the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her violations of federal election law. No person, no matter how powerful should ever be above the law.
The most troublesome aspect of the Peter Paul scandal is that it is over something so basic: Being honest to the voters.
Hillary Clinton did not report how much money Peter Paul gave her campaign to produce the Hollywood Tribute, or even the fact that he ever gave it to her.
She could have easily reported it and there would have been no problem. Actually, that is not correct, there would have been a very big problem. The Hillary for Senate Campaign stated it would accept no money from Peter Paul.
On August 15, 2000, three days after the Hollywood Tribute, â€œThe Washington Postâ€ ran a story exposing Peter Paulâ€™s organizing the event and his felony convictions from the 1970â€™s for his role in the â€œCuban Coffee Caper.â€ The storyâ€™s author, Lloyd Grove, asked quite bluntly, â€œIs Hillary soft on crime?â€ Hillaryâ€™s campaign spokesman, Howard Wolfson, stated firmly that Hillary â€œwill not be accepting any donations from him [Paul].â€ Two days later, Wolfson clarified that the campaign actually had received a $2000 donation from Paul in June 2000, but that they had â€œreturned the check.â€
$2000 is one heck of a lot less than $1.2 million, and being not just the underwriter of the Hollywood Tribute, but Hillaryâ€™s single largest single contributor is a far cry from not â€œaccepting any donationsâ€ from someone.
Paul was even forced to play along with this charade in fear that the multimillion dollar deal he believed he had with Bill Clinton would be jeopardized if he told the truth.
Hillary Clintonâ€™s unremitting lust for power has left her incapable of admitting the most basic facts in fear that someone might criticize her for them. She would rather do whatever she wants, and lie about it, than tell the truth or act ethically to begin.
In a sickening attempt to create a faÃ§ade of infallibility, Hillary Clinton willfully lied to every single American over something most people would not have even cared about. If Hillary is so audacious to lie about who her largest contributor is, what else is she capable of lying about? How could anyone who even considers voting for her trust
what she has to say?
The second very big problem Hillary has is that she raised the money to win her Senate seat illegally.
Federal election law regulates how much and in what ways â€œsoftâ€ money contributions like Paulâ€™s can be used to raise â€œhardâ€ money. Exceed the limits, and the candidate either has to pay the soft money back within 60 days, or face restrictions on the uses of the hard money raised at the event.
If Hillary had either reported the actual cost of the event, or returned the excess expenses to Paul, she would not have had enough cash to win her election bid.
So, she chose to break the law, lied about the money Paul spent on her fundraiser, kept the full amount of the hard money raised, and tried to destroy Peter Paul in the process to keep him quiet.
What is truly horrifying are the depths Hillary Clinton will sink to gain power. Is it really worth breaking the law, destroying peoplesâ€™ lives, and undermining our governmental institutions just to hold an elected office? Are the benefits of the power so great as to justify anything the Clintons have done? Just how far is Hillary Clinton willing
to go, and how many of us is she willing to destroy so she can add her Presidential portrait next to her husbandâ€™s?
Hillary Clintonâ€™s lust for power goes beyond mere ambition, and enters the realm of mental illness. There is literally no telling how far she would go to win, or what she would do once elected.
Peter Paul says, â€œThe truth is worth fighting for.â€ Faced with the possibility of a megalomaniac like Hillary Clinton being elected President, I hope he fights hard. And, I pray he wins.
Â© March 2006 Justin Darr
This article based on research at www.peterfaul.com, and personal interviews between the author and Peter F. Paul. It was originally published at www.newmediajournal.us as part of a multipart expose on the abuses of Hillary Clinton during her 2000 New York Senate candidacy.
Justin Darr is a freelance writer living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and twin children. He can be read widely on the Internet and in publications across North America and in Europe.
Justin Darr is a staff writer for The New Media Alliance, and proud member of the MoveOff Network.