Rep. Burton accuses Democrats of more improper fund-raising
Democrats claim he's 'cooking the books'
By Pierre Thomas/CNN
WASHINGTON (October 6) -- A report by Rep. Dan Burton's campaign finance committee claims Democrats are holding on to $1.8 million dollars in suspicious and possibly illegal campaign donations, CNN has learned.
According to the report scheduled for release Thursday, Democrats kept money even though they could not identify from where it came.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) blasted Burton's report. "Burton's allegations are completely illegitimate," said spokesman Rick Hess. "He's cooking the books and he's making outrageous allegations against the Democratic Party 28 days before the elections."
Following the 1996 campaign, the DNC returned more than $3 million after a series of embarrassing revelations about lax controls over incoming party cash. The latest money in question, the report claims, involves DNC and state party funds.
The report cites controversial Democratic donor James Riady and people associated with his company, the Lippo Group, as a major source of some of the funds.
Tuesday, October 6, 1998
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