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Update correction: Umesh Sanjanwala gave $57,077.28 to Hyde-Smith for her 2011 campaign, not $57,077.[1] Why the twenty-eight cents? This suggests that the money may have been converted from something other than dollars.
Her campaign paid $1000 disbursement to him for unknown purposes.[2]

It seems that some Asian-Indians, such as Umesh Sanjanwala, know how to get ahead in life. Those who come from countries, such as India, with high levels of bribery are at an unfair advantage, compared to honest Americans. At the time, the donation given by Umesh Sanjawala appears to have been legal in Mississippi. This is known as patronage. How much nepotism (hiring of kin and friends) has or will follow, especially if Hyde-Smith stays in the US Senate?

At the end of 2010, Umesh Sanjawala was a Systems Manager II making approximately $75,366 at the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. When Cindy Hyde Smith ran for Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, in 2011, he apparently gave her $57,077 in campaign contributions, according to FollowtheMoney.org totals. This is 75% of his salary. As soon as she entered office in early 2012, he became her “special assistant”. Thus, the mystery is apparently solved regarding how this IT specialist became “Special Assistant”. Now that she was appointed US Senator, he is currently “State Director”.

The question remains of if this was his money and a campaign “bribe” for a better job? Was it savings? Or did the money come from elsewhere? The government of India, perhaps? With what objective?

Hyde-Smith was appointed interim Senator by Governor Phil Bryant, who was Lt. Governor under former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Barbour is the B in BGR Group. A FARA gov quick search shows that BGR has long worked for the Government of India, as well as other countries, including Saudi Arabia. https://efile.fara.gov/pls/apex/f?p=181:200:0::NO:RP,200:P200_REG_NUMBER:5430
Additionally, in the Senate lobbying database we find that BGR Group worked for Uranium One, when it was already owned by Russia. And, it has long worked for Russian oligarchs by representing Alfa Bank, and more recently LetterOne. BGR group recently cancelled its contract with Saudi Arabia. Recall that India was close to the Soviet Union, during the Cold War, and remains close to Russia.

If the campaign donation came from abroad, it may not have been legal, even in Mississippi.

Umesh Sanjanwala is Asian-Indian. We aren’t sure if he is first generation or second. Born in 1961, he was likely born abroad: in India, Uganda, Canada, or possibly the UK. Madison is a Jackson Mississippi suburb for those with plenty of money. [Update note: One web site says that he graduated from Warren Central High School in Vicksburg. So, he may have come with his parents. His wife seems to be Asian-Indian and Hindu, Renu Sanjanwal, suggesting that, like Trump, he doesn’t like the United States enough to marry its women.] “Sanjanwala of Madison has been Special Assistant to Hyde-Smith since 2012, and chief information officer for MDAC since 1997. He was previously director of information technology audits for the Mississippi Office of the Auditor, in addition to systems analyst for the Mississippi Department of Human Services and Mississippi Department of Public Safety. He began his career as an IT project manager with Entergy. Sanjanwala has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi College and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Prior to her selection, Hyde-Smith was elected to the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce in 2011.  She easily won reelection to that position in 2015.


[1] Follow the money information confirmed. Official document of campaign totals: http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Cindy%20Hyde-Smith%20(January%2010%202012%20Periodic%20Report)%20January%209%202012.pdf
Note that the boxes of contribution type are being checked to the left, though there are too many boxes.
[2] She also paid him a $1000 disbursement 8-6-2011 http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Cindy%20Hyde-Smith%20(October%2010%202011%20Periodic%20Report)%20October%2010%202011.pdf

Please note that if you do a simple search on “Follow the Money” that you only find a little over $6,000 in contributions listed. However, this is inaccurate. For the July 1 to Sept 30 2011 contributions we find from Umesh:
7-23-2011 $6133.41
9-30-2011 $18400.23
She also paid him a $1000 disbursement 8-6-2011 http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Cindy%20Hyde-Smith%20(October%2010%202011%20Periodic%20Report)%20October%2010%202011.pdf

Follow the Money org information is Creative Commons Non-commercial, CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0″ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/

According to a “Mississippi State Personnel Board Special Report
Salaries of $75,000.00 Or Greater
“, Data As Of 11/30/2010, Agency 401 AGRICULTURE & COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, SANJANWALA, UMESH N Systems Manager II $75,366