Video: Gore faces attacks on illegal fundraising
January 31, 2000
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pictures were taken when Vice President Al Gore made a 1996 visit to a Buddhist temple near Los Angeles. That visit raised $140,000 for the Democratic National Committee -- nearly half of it illegal.
Gore repeatedly described the visit as "community outreach," but denied he knew at the time that it was a "fundraiser," even though he was accompanied by Maria Hsia, a woman he'd long known as a fundraiser with links to the Taiwanese community, and John Huang, a fundraiser for the DNC.
CNN's Charles Bierbauer takes an in-depth look at the roles played by Hsia, Huang and Gore in the incident, which Gore now says he should have known more about.
CNN's Charles Bierbauer reports the investigations of the '96 campaign's alleged abuses have left Gore legally in the clear -- though the political implications are more uncertain.