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China Seen Steering Funds to DNC

<i> Washington Post</i>

A Justice Department investigation into improper political fund-raising activities has uncovered evidence that representatives of China sought to direct contributions from foreign sources to the Democratic National Committee before the 1996 presidential campaign, officials familiar with the inquiry told the Washington Post.

Sensitive intelligence information shows that the Chinese Embassy in Washington was used for planning contributions to the DNC, the sources said. Some information was obtained through electronic eavesdropping conducted by federal agencies.

The sources declined to provide details about the scope of the evidence relating to the alleged efforts by the Chinese representatives. They also declined to specify what foreign contributions might have been involved.

A Chinese Embassy spokesman denied Wednesday that his government had anything to do with improper fund-raising. And White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said that “to the best of my knowledge, no one here had any knowledge of” the allegations.

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