Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Clinton woos APIAs

Ugh, someone signed me up for the Clinton email list which annoys me to no end. So Hillary is doing an APIA fundraiser in California, and she's going for the fat wallets ($2300 to attend, which is the max primary donation.) She's been doing a lot of $4600 (primary plus gen election rollover) bids, which accounts for some of her fundraising prowess, and the media keeps discounting her numbers after the fact, as they should, because if you don't make it into the general, that money doesn't matter.

Honestly, her fundraising numbers would look better if they were more like Obama's or Edwards (higher rate of individual low dollar donors who you can ask for money again, and also fewer maxed out individuals.)

So let's look at who her main APIA supporters in California are (based on a recent email):

IRENE NATIVIDAD*, HON. JUDY CHU, HON. MIKE ENG, HON. KIMOANH NGUYEN-LAM, CHARMAINE MANANSALA, ELENA ONG, TRUNG TA; electeds HON. JAN PERRY, HON. LAURA LEE, HON. POLLY LOW

Hosts: Joselyn Geaga Rosenthal, Sumi Haru, Emma Hilario, Melissa Hilario, Charmaine Manansala, Polly Low, Nalini Natarajan & Elena Ong

-Irene Natividad is a businesswoman and a major player in Filipino American and women's rights circles. She was appointed to the board of Sallie Mae by President Clinton.

-The power couple of Judy Chu (State board of Equalization) and Mike Eng (State Assemblyman) are major hitters in California state politics and SoCal.

-Sumi Haru

-Kimoanh Nguyen-Lam was at the center of the Westminister school hiring controversy and was hired and fired within the span of a short week following the school board's vote reversal. She is an educator.

-Charmaine Manansala was an advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She had to resign following some controversy over congressional travel, but remains very well connected in the APIA, Filipino American and political communities.

-Elena Ong is big in Cali Dem politics, as the Vice Chair of the Dem Women's Caucus and Chair of the APIA caucus.

-Sumi Haru is a Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked for fairness in media representation. She is one of the first APIA and female VPs of a labor union.

These are definitely some feathers in Hillary's cap but she is going to have to go deeper and broader to pick up more of the APIA Democratic activist base.

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