Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, attended a fundraiser in New York hosted by John Zaccaro Jr., convicted on felony drug charges after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop.
The 1988 conviction of the son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro was reported in numerous publications at the time. But the arrest was unearthed Friday by the Republican National Committee.
“Hillary Clinton can’t seem to kick her decades-long habit of taking money from sketchy campaign contributors,” RNC spokesman Michael Short said. “During her last presidential campaign it was straw donors, now it’s convicted cocaine dealers.”
Zaccaro garnered national headlines in February 1986, while arrested as a senior at Middlebury College for selling a quarter of a gram of cocaine for $25 at his off-campus apartment to a state police officer posing as a student. Ferraro said at the time that her son had been set up, but the conviction was upheld.
Zaccaro has been a regular to Clinton and other Democrats over the years. Clinton’s campaign declined to comment.
CORRECTION: An earlier version did not include Zaccaro’s full name.