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DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CLINTON SYNDICATE
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.
Paul’s motives were simple. He wanted to “…hire an ex-President to
promote a company that inspired and motivated adolescents.” 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 Paul’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 thugs… 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
Clinton’s associates so he could begin talking to them about talking to
Clinton for him, he first had to deal with the Democratic Party’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 “Pay for Play” 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 Café 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 “Hollywood Supports Gore” 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 Paul’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 Paul’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 couples’
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 Lewinski’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 Clinton’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 “retire” after leaving
the White House.
The second problem for Hillary’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 “dirty
nail” 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 left’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 “I was there when Clinton
Clinton exploited this by using access to himself to generate revenue
for Hillary’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 Clinton’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 Paul’s $17 million
deal to join Stan Lee Media. However, Clinton’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. “The Hollywood Tribute” 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 Clinton’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 Paul’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 “The Doll House,” 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 Hillary’s fundraising committee, Levin played
prominently in the Al Gore Presidential campaign, raising money for the
Clinton Library, and was allegedly “the lap dance provider to the
In any other organization, a person with Jim Levin’s background would be
considered an embarrassment, or at least a hindrance to the group’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 Clinton’s dirty
After Levin presented the President with Paul’s official written offer
to join Stan Lee Media, Levin returned the message to Paul that the
President had accepted the offer subject to Paul’s underwriting and
producing a major fundraising event for the benefit of Hillary’s Senate
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 Paul’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
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 Paul’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 “proprietary
nature” 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
Oto, Levin, and the Clinton’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
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 Clinton’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 Clinton’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.
Paul’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 Hillary’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 “PETER 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 TONKEN”, 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 Clinton’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, “Rosen did not have the ‘means or
clout’ to carry out what the government alleged.” (Associated Press, May
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 Clinton’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 Lee’s comics,
David Rosen is, in reality, a 30-something political fundraiser whom
Peter Paul “would not have bought an encyclopedia from,” if it had not
been for the fact that he was representing the Clintons.
In fact, treasurer of Hillary’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, 1960’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
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 “Pardongate” scandal, and, in return,
Democrats would not aggressively obstruct Bush’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 Paul’s case:
The Federal Election Commission, despite finding evidence supporting
Peter Paul’s allegations against the Clintons and even the admission of
wrongdoing of Hillary’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
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 “unconvictable,” she is far from “unbeatable.” 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
“Hillary” 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 “efforts to
drum up the resolved issues of the past,” or “the vast right wing
conspiracy” 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 information’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
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
On August 15, 2000, three days after the Hollywood Tribute, “The
Washington Post” ran a story exposing Peter Paul’s organizing the event
and his felony convictions from the 1970’s for his role in the “Cuban
Coffee Caper.” The story’s author, Lloyd Grove, asked quite bluntly, “Is
Hillary soft on crime?” Hillary’s campaign spokesman, Howard Wolfson,
stated firmly that Hillary “will not be accepting any donations from him
[Paul].” Two days later, Wolfson clarified that the campaign actually
had received a $2000 donation from Paul in June 2000, but that they had
“returned the check.”
$2000 is one heck of a lot less than $1.2 million, and being not just
the underwriter of the Hollywood Tribute, but Hillary’s single largest
single contributor is a far cry from not “accepting any donations” from
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 Clinton’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 façade 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 “soft” money
contributions like Paul’s can be used to raise “hard” 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
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 peoples’
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 husband’s?
Hillary Clinton’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, “The truth is worth fighting for.” Faced with the
possibility of a megalomaniac like Hillary Clinton being elected
President, I hope he fights hard. And, I pray he wins.
© Justin Darr
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.