Last week I shared with you my conversation with former Justice
Department task force supervisor Charles LaBella about buying access
to the White House.
But there’s more.
Our conversation was not limited to President and Mrs. Clinton and
their willingness to hobnob with Chinese businessmen in exchange for
money from Communist China. While under heavily armed FBI protection in
1998, I told LaBella about specific violations of campaign finance laws
by Clinton’s ordained legacy-lengthener, Vice President Al Gore.
Gore not only made phone calls from inside the White House soliciting
campaign contributions, he did it in person too!
How can I be sure of my accusations, you ask? I was there, and I
have the pictures to prove it.
The Democratic National Committee hosted a business leadership forum
at the Hay-Adams Hotel across
the street from the White House in 1995. About 25 to 30 American
businessmen attended the luncheon, which also included key Democrat
The DNC’s chief finance director, Richard Sullivan was at the
meeting, as well as Terence McAuliff — one of Clinton’s re-election
advisors and the man who tried to give the Clintons a home loan for
their post-presidential New York residence. Jack Quinn, former chief of
staff to Vice President Gore also attended.
Conversation at the luncheon revolved around the importance of the
business community’s relationship with the DNC.
Afterward, chairmen of major American corporations, myself included,
lined up like little schoolboys to be taken across the street by
Sullivan into the White House. Our destination was the vice president’s
office in the Old Executive Office Building.
The moment we all sat down, Vice President Gore came in on crutches
— he had just broken his leg. Gore could not sit down or stand still,
so he leaned up against the table and began talking about how important
it is for us, as major American businessmen, to raise money for
political ads — newspapers and televisions around the country should be
filled with the Democrat message and paid for by big business.
Gore told Charlie Trie, a Clinton-Gore fund-raiser and conduit for
Chinese biological weapon-making equipment, myself and the others
present at the White House rendezvous, “As members of the DNC business
leadership forum, I need your help to get those ads out.”
Now if that isn’t solicitation of campaign funds, I don’t know what
In a lame attempt to excuse his actions after the campaign finance
scandal erupted in 1996, Gore claimed “no legal controlling authority”
exists to prevent him from making such solicitations.
But White House meetings are not the only improper avenue used by
Gore to beef up DNC coffers.
In 1996, Gore and fund-raising pal Maria Hsia held an event at the
Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in southern California. Despite Hsia’s
conviction for raising $55,000 in illegal contributions from the spring
luncheon, Gore insisted his appearance at the temple was simply for
As an investigative reporter for WorldNetDaily, I decided to check
out Gore’s story myself. The Hsi Lai temple (now, thanks to Gore, a
tourist attraction that’s sure to be a hot spot during the 2000 DNC
convention in Los Angeles) is just 10 miles from my house, so I went to
ask a few questions of the people from my own Chinese-American community
who attended the event.
All the Chinese-Americans I talked to who went to that luncheon said
they understood they were attending a fund-raising event. The
testimonies of Trie and former DNC fund-raiser John Huang also confirm
that it clearly was a fund-raising party.
Given that I have suffered consequences for my involvement in the
Clinton-Gore campaign finance scandal and that even now, Gore continues
to make excuses for his behavior, I have a few words to share with the
Mr. Vice President, when you said you went to the Buddhist temple for
community outreach, I must conclude that you forgot to add two words.
You should have said the event was “community outreach for money.”
Maybe you’ve spent too much time with Clinton. Your mind has become
like his — changing facts when they’re inconvenient and dodging
responsibility by letting others, like Hsia, take the fall for you.
One day you say the Buddhist temple event was “community outreach,”
but now you’re saying, “I made a mistake.” Which is it?
And by the way, I said the same words to Federal Judge Manuel Real
when I pleaded guilty to giving illegal contributions to Clinton and the
DNC: “I made a mistake and I’m paying a huge price.”
But I remember what Judge Real said to me before he handed down my
sentence: “It’s very strange that the giver pleads guilty in front of
me, but the give-ees get off free.”
I think American law should apply equally to everyone. You, Mr. Vice
President, should end up like me. “Community outreach” should equal
“community service” for you too.
Americans need to know that you, as a politician, take responsibility
for your actions. If you do not take responsibility for your actions in
1996, how can Americans trust your promise for the future?
The office of the president of the United States is the highest
position in the country. You are aspiring to be the leader of the free
world, but Americans cannot not afford to hand that job over to another
See Johnny Chung’s column:
Johnny Chung on Fox