Gavel To Gavel

Gavel To Gavel: Fund-Raising Hearings

The People

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Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee

Ted Sioeng -- Los Angeles-based Asian businessman Sioeng emerged as an espionage suspect in the FBI's probe of campaign finance. Born and orphaned in Indonesia, Sioeng emigrated to the United States where he became prominent in California's Asian business community. He acquired the Chinese language International Daily News last year, giving it a pro-Beijing tilt. He also owns a variety of other businesses, one of which gave the Democratic National Committee $250,000 and California's Republican state treasurer $100,000. A friend of John Huang, Sioeng sat next to President Clinton at a July fund-raiser, and also attended the controversial Hsi Lai temple fund-raiser with the vice president in April 1996.


Richard Sullivan The former finance director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Sullivan supervised former fund-raiser John Huang during his brief stint at the DNC. Sullivan is scheduled to be the first witness during Senate hearings, and he will likely be asked about Huang came to be hired by the DNC, and about reports of weekly White House-DNC strategy sessions during the 1996 campaign.

Fred Thompson -- Lawyer-turned-actor-turned-senator, Tennessee Republican Thompson chairs the Senate inquiry into 1996 campaign fund-raising. He has promised to investigate Republicans as well as Democrats, and has issued more than 50 subpoenas, but has complained Senate Democrats are being uncooperative. Some analysts suggest Thompson is a GOP presidential prospect for 2000.

Charles Yah Lin Trie A member of the DNC's national finance board of directors, Little Rock businessman and friend of Bill Clinton's for 14 years, Trie raised about $100,000 during the 1996 election, $15,000 of which was raised improperly and returned. His family has donated $141,500 to Democratic campaigns and his business $70,000 to the DNC since July 1994. He also delivered more than $640,000 in questionable checks and money orders to the Clintons' legal fund, which later were returned.


Fred Volcansek -- A target of Democrats, Volcansek is a Houston businessman who introduced Haley Barbour to the owner of Young Brothers Development.

Arief Wiriadinata A wealthy son-in-law of a Riady business partner, Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata, former permanent U.S. residents with ties to the Lippo group, lived in a Virginia suburb and donated $450,000 to the DNC during 1995 and 1996, but did not file a tax return in 1996.

James C. Wood Jr. -- Wood is an Arkansas lawyer who became the first political appointee to head the American Institute on Taiwan, the unofficial U.S. embassy there. The Justice Department is looking at whether he used the post to seek campaign donations for Clinton, which Wood has denied.

Ambrous Tung Young -- Young is the patriarch of an Asian real estate and aviation conglomerate that bears his name. He guaranteed a $2.1 million loan in October 1994 to a Republican think tank known as the National Policy Forum run by ex-Republican chairman Haley Barbour.

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