Michelle Malkin

Meanwhile, Tonken faces a lawsuit by California Attorney General Lockyer alleging that he defrauded charities and their donors, diverted donations to bank accounts he controlled and refused to account for more than $1.5 million in contributions to six charitable events he agreed to produce. The defrauded charitable organizations include the Kids Campaign, the Joan English Fund for Women's Cancer Research, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Betty Ford Center and Inner-City Games Foundation.

The ripped off charities include organizations supported by celebrities such as singer Rod Stewart, the pop music group *Nsync and the cast of the TV show "Ally McBeal."

According to an FBI affidavit relating to the federal mail fraud charge against Tonken: "Tonken routinely made misrepresentations which defrauded the underwriters and donors for these events. To cause donors to contribute to the events, Tonken regularly overstated the amount of underwriting funds that had been raised, understated the cost of producing the event, and promised that celebrities had agreed to appear at the events when they had not."

(Given his connections to two fugitive FOTCs (Friends of the Clintons), one questions the wisdom of allowing Tonken to remain free on a $50,000 unsecured bond.)

How could the brilliant, ethical, do-gooder Hillary get herself entangled with such a creep? The same way so many other lowlife FOTCs came into their lives. Cha-ching. "Through Peter Paul's money, I bought entre to President and Mrs. Clinton," Tonken recently bragged. Whether she was stupidly conned or complicitly cunning, her involvement with Tonken and Paul stinks to high heaven.

This is sordid history she prefers not to relive.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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