Timeline August '97
Aug. 5, 1997 -- President Clinton says he is "sick at heart" that the Democratic National Committee may have accepted overseas funds, and renews his call for a ban on soft money.
Aug. 8, 1997 -- Documents show that DNC officials wanted first lady Hillary Clinton to make at least 12 fund-raising calls, but the White House says she doesn't recall making any money appeals or being asked to do so. The documents, from the files of former Democratic finance director Richard Sullivan, include 12 so-called "call sheets" for the first lady, including one for fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
Aug. 15, 1997 -- A wide array of nonprofit groups, from the ACLU to the National Right To Life Committee, object to broad subpoenas handed out by the Thompson committee.
Aug. 19, 1997 -- The House fund-raising committee hires Richard D. Bennett, former U.S. attorney for Maryland from 1991 to 1993, to be the committee's chief investigator. Bennett replaces John P. Rowley, who had quit earlier in the summer in a turf battle with another committee staffer.
Aug. 20, 1997 -- In an interview with NBC News, Democratic fund-raising figure Johnny Chung says his $25,000 charitable donation greased the skids for a meeting between then-Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary and a Chinese petrochemical industry official.
Aug. 21, 1997 -- Senate investigators question disgraced political consultant Dick Morris for more than 11 hours.
Aug. 27, 1997 -- Documents handed over to the Senate fund-raising committee show Vice President Al Gore telephoned 46 people on 10 occasions between November 1995 and May 1996, and asked them to give between $25,000 and $100,000 each. The Associated Press reports that those Gore reached gave a total of $695,000 within a month after receiving his calls. The documents.
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