House Fund-Raising Hearings Set To Begin
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 11) -- As the Senate committee investigating campaign fund-raising violations wraps up week six of its hearings, its House counterpart plans to begin its public forum next week.
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that his panel's hearings into the money-trail controversy will start Sep. 17. The first day will be consumed by opening statements from all 44 members of the committee.
Witness testimony will begin the next day. The lead-off witness is scheduled to be Manin Foung, sister of controversial Democratic contributor Charlie Trie.
Burton said that the panel will initially focus on "straw donors" -- people who funneled illegal donations into Democratic coffers.
Testimony is slated for Sep. 18 and 23 on the preliminary schedule. The House probe will run simultaneously with Senate hearings, which must wrap up business by the end of the year.
Other witnesses expected to appear before the committee during the first two days of testimony are Joseph Landon, a close friend of Trie's, and David Wang, a California donor to the Democratic National Committee.
Further hearings and witnesses will be announced later.CNN's Bob Franken contributed to this report.
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