1) In the
midst of the Arlington Cemetery flap the Washington Post broke another
story about how the DNC subverted the ban on foreign contributions by
encouraging a foreign national to donate a large sum to a supposedly
non-partisan "voter education" group and then rewarded him
with an invitation to a dinner with Clinton. The networks, as usual,
Group Donor Got DNC Perk: Man With Nigeria Ties Was at Clinton
Dinner," announced the November 22 Washington Post headline.
Reporters Charles R. Babcock and Susan Schmidt opened the front page
of the Democratic National Committee helped a foreign businessman
closely tied to Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha attend a White House
holiday dinner with President Clinton last year, a few months after he
contributed $460,000 to a voter registration group that won support
from the DNC.
Chagoury, a foreign citizen with extensive family business interests
in Nigeria, was included in the dinner for 250 top DNC donors last
Dec. 21 although he is not a party contributor and could not legally
give to the Democrats.
had a meeting on U.S.-Nigeria relations -- strained since the 1995
hangings of nine Abacha political opponents -- with high level
administration officials at the White House in July. Those officials
said they were unaware of the donations or the dinner.
was solicited by a DNC fund-raiser last fall to give to a Miami-based
nonprofit voter registration group, Vote Now 96, that has come under
scrutiny from congressional investigators because of its connections
to the DNC and indications that in some cases, at least, donors
ineligible to give to the party were steered to the voters group. DNC
officials attempted to divert one of Vote Now 96's large contributors
to the reelection campaign of Teamsters President Ron Carey....
spokesman Steve Langdon said Chagoury was invited to the dinner with
Clinton because 'he was a supporter of Vote Now 96, a voter
participation project of importance to the DNC.'..."
this latest bit of evidence of campaign law subversion? Zilch on any
of the broadcast networks or CNN the weekend the Post story appeared,
reported MRC news analysts Clay Waters, Geoffrey Dickens, Steve
Kaminski, Gene Eliasen and Eric Darbe. Zilch on CBS's Saturday Morning
or NBC's Today on November 22. Nothing on NBC Nightly News (college
football bumped the CBS and ABC evening shows on Saturday). Not a word
on CNN's Inside Politics or The World Today. The next day, still not a
word on Today, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News or ABC's World