Chung Ties Funds
By Roberto Suro and Bob Woodward
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, May 16, 1998; Page A01
Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung has told Justice Department investigators that a Chinese military officer who is an executive with a state-owned aerospace company gave him $300,000 to donate to the Democrats’ 1996 campaign, according to federal officials who said that financial records back up key aspects of his account.
Chung’s allegations, first reported in the New York Times yesterday, are being treated by the Justice Department as a major development in its 18-month investigation of whether the Chinese government attempted to influence the 1996 election with illegal campaign contributions, the officials said. For the first time, investigators have what appears to be a direct money trail from the Chinese government to Democratic campaign coffers, but the officials emphasized that numerous questions about Chung’s activities remain unanswered.
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