Thursday, July 10, 1997

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    A Senate committee investigating the campaign finance scandals of last year’s election campaign heard from form its first witness yesterday.


    With all the focus on China during the last two days of the Senate campaign finance hearings — including accusations of a plot by Beijing to undermine the American electoral process — we thought we would take a short look at what exactly is happening around China policy and fund-raising in Washington.


    Several years ago, farmers in the Central Washington town of Quincy began to wonder why their wheat yields were declining, their corn crops thin and their cows sickly. After painstaking investigation, a group of farmers started to suspect their fertilizer and, more specifically, what was in it.

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