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Democratic fund-raiser charged in 17-count indictment

By Terry Frieden/CNN

WASHINGTON (September 30) -- Democratic Party fund-raiser and Miami business executive Mark Jimenez was charged Wednesday in a 17-count indictment that alleges he made illegal contributions to several Democratic campaigns, including the 1996 Clinton/Gore primary committee.


Jimenez, the chief executive officer of Miami-based Future Tech International, was charged with organizing, making and concealing illegal contributions in violation of federal election laws.

The indictment accuses Jimenez with dozens of illegal conduit contributions, including $23,000 to the Clinton-Gore campaign at a 1995 Florida fund-raiser.

The indictment indicates that $39,500 in conduit contributions also went to several Senate races, including the 1994 re-election bid of Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and the 1996 campaign of Robert Torricelli of New Jersey.

The Justice Department's task force probing alleged Democratic fund-raising violations brought the charges.

"This is the twelfth person to be charged by the campaign financing task force. We are not letting up," Attorney General Janet Reno said in announcing the indictments.

Reno has been under intense Republican pressure to turn the investigation over to an independent counsel.


Wednesday, September 30, 1998

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