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Gavel To Gavel: AllPolitics' Campaign Fund-Raising Special Report
Lots Of Inquiries Into Fund-Raising Mess
By Jeanne Meserve/CNN
WASHINGTON (Oct. 7) -- The campaign fund-raising frenzy has fueled such a flurry of investigations you need a scorecard to follow the action.
At the Justice Department, there is a review under way of President Bill Clinton and a formal investigation of Vice President Al Gore, into whether either man broke the law by making fund-raising calls from the White House. Those findings could result in the appointment of independent counsels.
Justice investigators are also looking into whether Democratic Party contributions were illegally diverted to the Clinton-Gore campaign.
The FBI is also taking a hard look at an alleged Chinese government plan to buy influence in U.S. elections.
Add to that a federal grand jury in Washington with a free hand to probe any and all allegations of illegal fund-raising in the 1996 elections.
In New York, federal prosecutors are exploring whether the relationship between Democrats and the Teamsters union was too cozy. In exchange for fund-raising help for Teamsters' chief Ron Carey, did union donations go to the Democratic National Committee?
There are also two congressional probes, focused primarily on the Democrats.
The Senate hearings began July 8 with dramatic charges, including illegal overseas contributions, il