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Scandal Overload Numbing Our Outrage

Recently I wrote about penetration of the White House by Asian interests. We saw how the president of the United States had been personally involved in the solicitation of an illegal campaign contribution of $250,000 by a foreign national. That was pretty scandalous, I thought, especially since the facts are not in dispute: (1) John Huang, the Indonesian Riady family's man here, left his foreign economic post at Commerce to resume fund raising for the Clinton campaign. (2) That phantom fund-raiser introduced the president to a wealthy South Korean businessman in April of this year. (3) The alien shelled out. (4) When caught by The Los Angeles Times, his hot money was returned - and no crime is charged.

Chenoweth’s Land Sale Unproven Income Pivotal To ‘94 Campaign

There is still no public record proving Republican Rep. Helen Chenoweth actually sold Clearwater County property to underwrite her final push to the 1994 GOP congressional nomination. Idaho Democrats continue to question whether the $60,000 was generated from a legitimate sale or was an illegal campaign contribution.

State Uses Foreman Case To Test Campaign Laws Candidate For Governor Accused Of Violating Contribution Laws

Dale Foreman, a GOP candidate for governor, is running afoul of the state's election watchdog again. At issue is whether Foreman, R-Wenatchee, raised money for his campaign during the legislative session and accepted contributions larger than allowed by law. More than 70 percent of state voters approved an initiative in 1992 that bans fund raising by politicians from 30 days before the start of a legislative session to 30 days after it ends.

Clinton Hunts For Big Bucks In Denver

President Clinton arrived here Sunday to begin his largest fund-raising excursion of the year, expecting to collect up to $5 million for the Democrats in their big-bucks race with Republicans. Denver was the first stop on a three-day swing, followed by visits to Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco in his 25th journey to California as president. A series of private and public fund-raisers awaited Clinton along the way.

Don’t Expect Campaign Reform Any Time Soon

Far-reaching campaign finance reform bills have surfaced in Congress, but their prospects are looking dim. "It's clear that the campaign finance system is one reason people distrust their government," said Lloyd Leonard, legislative director of the League of Women Voters. "So it is surprising when public elected officials vote against fixing the system."

Craig’s Ties To Mining Go Beyond Idaho Senator Defends Mining Interests, Across West, Collects Contributions From Mining Pacs

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has repeatedly pushed to turn over billions of dollars worth of public lands and minerals to mining companies - some of them big contributors to his campaign. Craig says he's always supported the mining industry because its health is important to Idaho, and his campaign contributions reflect that. But two of his big contributors are companies that want to mine in Colorado and Nevada.

Craig Knocked Over Reform Vote Minnick Criticizes Incumbent For Killing Campaign Finance Bill

Democratic challenger Walt Minnick blasted Republican Sen. Larry Craig on Tuesday for helping kill campaign finance reform legislation for the rest of the year. But Craig spokesman Mike Tracy said the senator, who began a statewide radio advertising drive for a second six-year term this week, had constitutional questions about the bipartisan legislation that remained unanswered.

Tab For Dinner With The First Lady: $5,000 A Couple

Dining with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Democratic fund-raiser Monday night in Seattle will cost $5,000 per couple. Clinton will appear at a downtown luncheon to honor and benefit the locally based Mothers Against Violence in America, which helps establish anti-violence programs in public schools.

Money Hard To Come By For Governor Candidates Contribution Limits, Full Primary Ballot Have Hopefuls Scrambling For Dollars

New limits on campaign contributions and competition for scarce dollars is making for a tough primary season among the slew of candidates seeking the governor's office. This is the first year that statewide candidates have been subject to a voter-approved 1992 law limiting the size of contributions from individuals and groups. Gubernatorial candidates can collect no more than $1,100 from any single contributor before the Sept. 17 primary. There also is a $1,100 limit for the general-election campaign.

Gop Senators Offer Deal On Donations

Senate Republicans said they will abandon their legal fight to raise campaign money during the legislative session if the state will let them return to donors cash illegally collected in the last session. The offer Friday came nearly three weeks after a judge ruled that a citizen-passed ban on campaign fund raising during legislative sessions applies to money raising by the Legislature's caucuses. The 1992 law banned fund raising during the legislative session and 30 days before and after on grounds the activity invites corruption or the appearance of corruption. But there was some question as to whether it applied to the caucuses, and the Senate Republican Caucus contended it did not. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Strophy's ruling was a big hit to the GOP caucus, which had defied a like ruling by the state Public Disclosure Commission in January. After the ruling, a lawyer for the GOP said the caucus likely would appeal Strophy's decision. But on Friday, the caucus offered to forego appeal in exchange for returning to contributors about $35,000 that was impounded by the court pending the outcome of the legal battle. The $35,000 was what was left of $70,000 raised by the caucus after the PDC in January told all four caucuses to raise no more money during the session.

Commissioner Would Consider Run At Governor

State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn says she likes her job fine, thank you, but that doesn't rule out a challenge to Gov. Mike Lowry in 1996. Senn is the first statewide Democratic incumbent to say she'd consider taking on the embattled governor.

Lowry Vetoes Measure To Shield Contributors Political Discrimination Against Employees Still Illegal

A legislative attempt to wipe out requirements that campaign contributors disclose what they do for a living was vetoed Tuesday by Gov. Mike Lowry. The governor, acting on a measure making mostly technical changes in campaign disclosure law, also vetoed language that would have wiped out a section of disclosure law banning employers from discriminating against workers because they resist company pressure to support or oppose political causes or candidates.

First Week Of Special Session Anything But

Taxpayers had better beware the better-than-banker's hours kept by lawmakers negotiating the state biennial budget. So far they've put in only about 30 hours in three weeks spent working out a compromise between budgets presented by the House and Senate. They are are no closer to agreement at the end of the first week of the special session convened Monday than they were when negotiations first began.

Valley Fire Pumped Up For City

The incorporation bandwagon is starting to fill. Spokane Valley Fire District commissioners voted unanimously this week to endorse the incorporation proposition. They joined Carnhope Irrigation District No. 7 and the 4th District Republican Action Club in throwing support behind the effort to form a city in the Valley.

Perot Pays Fine For Unreported Contribution

Ross Perot has paid a $65,000 fine for failing to report $10 million he contributed to his presidential campaign just weeks before the 1992 vote, the Federal Election Commission says.