Wednesday, July 9, 1997

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  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE

    The Senate yesterday opened the long-awaited hearings into the campaign finance abuses of the 1996 election campaign. Senator Fred Thompson, the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee that is holding the month-long hearings, opened yesterday’s session with a charge that the Chinese government sought to subvert the American electoral process by pouring illegal campaign contributions into the 1996 presidential election. Senator John Glenn, the ranking Democrat on the committee, stunned the hearings by disclosing that John Huang, a central figure in questionable Democratic Party fundraising practices, had agreed to testify before the committee if given a limited grant of immunity from prosecution.

  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INDONESIA

    One of the big scandals of the campaign-finance saga has been the role of a giant Indonesian conglomerate that allegedly funneled huge amounts of money into the Democratic Party. The Lippo Group, headed by James and Mochtar Riady, is closely tied to Indonesian dictator Suharto and has vast business interests throughout East Asia.

  • NATO DEBATE

    The North American Treaty Organization formally invited Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic yesterday to join the North American and Western European military alliance. The largest expansion in NATO’s 48-year history, which was decided by leaders of the alliance’s 16 governments, was agreed on after weeks of debate over whether to include Romania and Slovenia in the initial round of East European interests.

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