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The Democratic Fund-Raising Flap
Nov. 1, 1996 -- The White House offers a partial explanation for the high number of John Huang visits: Two different men with that name visited the White House during the 15-month period.
Nov. 2, 1996 -- The Democratic National Committee acknowledges laxity in reviewing the sources of its donors, and pledges heightened scrutiny.
Nov. 8, 1996 -- In first post-election news conference, Clinton says contributions from Indonesian sources had "absolutely not" influenced his foreign policy. The president calls for campaign finance reform and endorses McCain/Feingold legislation.
Nov. 12, 1996 -- Democratic National Committee co-chairman Don Fowler holds press conference and declares, "Never has there been any desire, plan or intent to evade requirements of applicable laws and regulations," Fowler said. "In fact, we have tried to comply strictly with all relevant requirements.
Nov. 13, 1996 -- Justice Department turns down the request of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for an independent prosecutor.
Nov. 15, 1996 -- DNC announces it will investigate contributions made in the name of Thai businesswoman Pauline Kanchanalak and her Washington business Ban Chang International. Records show one of the contributions for $32,500 was made two days after Kanchanalak visited John Huang at the Commerce Department.
Nov. 18, 1996 -- A letter from GOP Rep. Ben Gilman to Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor indicates that Huang's phone records from the Commerce Department show he made at least 70 calls while still at Commerce to his former employer, the Los Angeles office of the Lippo Bank.
Nov. 18, 1996 -- John Huang is fired from his fund-raising job in what DNC calls a "typical layoff" following an election.
Nov. 19, 1996 -- White House aides confirm that Bruce Lindsey, a top aide to the president, urged that contacts between Clinton and Lippo Group executive James Riady be described as "social." Following the election, Clinton acknowledged discussing policy issues with Riady.
Nov. 23, 1996 -- DNC announces it will return $450,000 to Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata, former permanent U.S. residents with ties to the Lippo group, who had lived in a Virginia suburb, donated the money in 1995 and 1996, but did not file a tax return in 1996. It is the largest donation returned to date.
Nov. 26, 1996 -- White House releases list of 1993 inaugural donors that shows Huang and James Riady donated $100,000.
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