Monday, September 24, 2007

The Clinton's & India

Senator Clinton's support in the Indian American community has been getting a lot of coverage of late. This piece in the Washington Post is typical. I think that USINPAC Chairman, Sanjay Puri, makes a good point in the article. The fact is that both Bill and Hillary Clinton have a long history reaching out to the Indian American community and Indian Americans clearly appreciate that the Clintons feel warmly towards India.

As the community continues to get more and more involved in politics, we will certainly see a lot more articles on campaign contributions. That is to be expected, and it is good for community that our active participation and fundraising in noted in major publications. It really highlights how important it is for community leaders who are fundraising for any candidate to go the extra mile to comply with the letter and spirit of campaign finance laws. It would be a real shame if a few bad apples tarnish the reputation of the community when proper political participation and fundraising is something we should all be proud and excited about.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems that the Clintons long term relationship with the Indian-American community is paying off big time for Hillary...

jjshah said...

I don't know if I agree with that. Hillary has taken the community for granted and still hasn't been actively engaging with leaders of our community. She shys away from major organized Indian groups when it comes to a discussion on the issues but will gladly take the money. John Edwards how ever has been actively engaging with the Indian American community throughout the country. He was teh only one to actively condemn the Senate Prayer issue! As much as the community loves Bill I don't think that the Clinton campaign should assume that our vote is in the bag!

Anonymous said...

Good article. Sanjay Puri has the right idea for USINPAC. We must unite for to make our community even stronger!