- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2007

First came the Orwellian mash-up YouTube video that portrayed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Big Brother. Then came a clip of her off-key rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Now, a stinging video by a bitter Clinton foe is finding its own Internet audience.

The clip, a preview of a longer film by one-time Clinton donor Peter Paul, has scored more than 1.4 million hits on Google Video and about 350,000 on YouTube during the past week. Its popularity has driven it to the top spot on Google Video over the past two weeks.

Paul is a Hollywood entrepreneur, former partner of Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and convicted felon who has sued the Clintons in connection with a celebrity-packed fundraiser that he helped organize for her 2000 Senate race. A California appeals court earlier this month ruled that Mrs. Clinton should be dismissed from the lawsuit.

But Paul has devoted a Web site to the case and has been on tour in recent days showing his film, “Hillary Uncensored,” at New England college campuses. Today, he is scheduled to screen it at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The Clintons have long argued that Paul’s criminal record discredits him and in court pleadings have denied Paul’s claims against them.

“Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven-year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee,” the Clinton campaign said.

Paul’s anti-Clinton effort is getting help from two technical producers who set up the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the 2004 campaign that plagued Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry by raising questions about his decorated military service in Vietnam.

In his lawsuit and in the film, Paul says he spent $1.9 million for the August 2000 Hollywood fundraiser that featured such stars as Brad Pitt, Diana Ross and Cher. Paul maintains that he organized the event because President Clinton falsely agreed to assist him in a new venture with Mr. Lee after leaving the presidency in January 2001.

Campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission estimated the cost of the event at $500,000. An ensuing criminal trial of Mrs. Clinton’s former national finance director, David Rosen, on charges that he lied to the FEC about the fundraiser resulted in an acquittal. At the time, Mr. Rosen’s attorney said Paul concealed the actual cost of the event from Mr. Rosen, a claim Paul denies.

Paul is awaiting sentencing on his 2005 guilty plea to charges of stock fraud involving Stan Lee Media, the company that Paul wanted Mr. Clinton to join. In the 1970s, he was convicted of cocaine possession and of attempting to defraud the Cuban government of Fidel Castro.



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