Members of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign staff got a nice payoff last year for their work to get her re-elected - a trip to Las Vegas funded by her fugitive former fund-raiser.On this reading of the facts, yes, nothing illegal happened, but that doesn't mean something untoward didn't happen.
Among the Sin City guests of disgraced former fund-raiser Norman Hsu was Patti Solis Doyle, one of Clinton's most trusted advisers who now runs the senator's presidential campaign.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Hsu - who raised more than $850,000 for Clinton before being jailed last month on charges related to an investment scheme - treated the senator's campaign staff to several days at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, complete with free show tickets and dinners at posh restaurants.
Doyle was accompanied by two junior staffers and a New York-based fund-raiser, the report said.
In April 2006, Hsu provided a hotel stay in Las Vegas for two other campaign workers.
Doyle also received a coveted and pricey designer handbag from the disgraced moneyman, the newspaper said. But she returned it.
The red-faced Clinton camp insists there was nothing illegal about the trip, according to the article, and stressed that Hsu never received any legislative favors in return for his generosity.
The more that comes out the more this is looking worse and worse for the Clintons.