5684 Acceptance of Funds From Foreign Nationals................... In addition, with very limited exceptions noted earlier in this part of the Minority Report, the Committee did not hold public hearings focused on the activities of these groups. However, the amount of money--especially large soft money contributions--raised by both parties in 19 was unprecedented. \87\ There is evidence which suggests that only 6 of the 8 individuals who gave a donation that was subsequently deposited, in part, into the DNC's Federal hard money account made their contribution in response to a phone call from Vice President Gore. PART 5 FUNDRAISING AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL PARTIES AND ADMINISTRATIONS Chapter 26: Telephone Solicitations on Federal Property Documents produced to the Committee by both the DNC and the White House indicate that on a number of occasions the DNC requested the President to make telephone calls to solicit funds for the DNC. According to the call sheets, each of the 61 individuals contacted by the Vice President was a private citizen and the telephone numbers on the call sheets were for their private offices or homes. \36\ See Memorandum Opinion for the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, from Larry A. Hyde, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee, in accordance with 28 U. \45\ Vice President's schedule, 2/2/96, EOP 57212-14. \62\Memorandum from Harold Ickes to Chairman Dodd and Chairman Fowler, 11/9/95, CGRO 0310-13. \69\ Memorandum to the President, Vice President, et al., from Harold Ickes, 12/20/95, with attachment, EOP 027959-65. For example, Minority Exhibit 2049M (reproduced in the endnotes to this chapter) shows that only three of the eight people who attended a coffee on November 9, 1995, contributed to the DNC during the 1995/96 cycle.19 The coffees as DNC events Although the coffees were not traditional fundraisers, they were certainly related to Democratic fundraising. '' Tamraz replied: ``No, but the way I view my relationship with the DNC or the RNC is not one or two years. This figure includes 537 people at the 60 DNC-sponsored coffees; 422 people at the 32 Political and Community Leaders Coffees; and 104 people at the 11 Clinton sponsored coffees. In fact, you will be seeing more of my Cabinet today than I will. And, in fact, the president ordered that these not be distributed and they be destroyed because he found them offensive. For example, on December 15, 1995, RNC Chairman Haley Barbour wrote a letter to Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee that stated: [T]he RNC's premier fundraising organization, Team 100, will hold its Winter National Meeting on [January 24, 1996].
5685 Alleged Violations During the Federal Investigation.......... 5688 The Kims' Book Deal.......................................... 5689 Conclusion................................................... 5690 Part 2 Independent Groups....................................... 5926 Chapter 9: Overview and Legal Analysis........................... With these limitations in mind, this chapter contains a summary of the information obtained regarding the activities of certain independent groups associated with the Democratic Party. In order to raise such large sums, both parties had dramatically increased their fundraising efforts. John Catsimatidis donated $10,000 to the DNC that was subsequently deposited in a Federal hard money account two days after records show him receiving a call from the Vice President. The Committee reviewed evidence, including testimony and documents relating to the circumstances and applicable law surrounding these calls. Finally, documents submitted to the Committee indicate that the thank-you notes sent by the Vice President were prepared by the DNC, on DNC stationary, and were returned to the DNC for mailing after the Vice President signed them. Hammond, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, 3 Op. \46\ Vice President's schedule, 2/5/96, EOP 57216-18. \63\ Memorandum from Harold Ickes to the President and the Vice President, 11/20/95, with attachments, CGRO 0191-96. \67\ Memorandum from Harold Ickes to the President and the Vice President, 11/28/95, SCGA 00342-43. \70\ Exhibit 1066: Memorandum from Harold Ickes to the President and the Vice President, et al., 6/3/96, with attachment, SCGA 00846-53 (emphasis added). The coffees organized by the Finance Division of the DNC were intended to motivate and encourage political and financial supporters of the president. It's a life-long relationship.'' Roger Tamraz deposition, 5/13/97, p. (At the hearing, the Majority found that 532 individuals attended the 60 DNC-sponsored coffees, a difference of five people compared to the Minority analysis.) Regarding coffee attendees who did not contribute to the DNC, the Minority found that 41 individuals, or 39 percent, of the Clinton campaign sponsored coffees did not contribute. * * * * * Let me say to you Eagles how important your contributions are to the Republican Party. The members of Team 100 have requested to meet with the Senate Finance Committee. You are also invited to attend a luncheon hosted by Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole following the discussion.15 The RNC arranged for Team 100 members to meet with Republican senators on the Finance Committee, and with Senator Dole, Speaker Gingrich, Republican presidential candidates, and Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee on January 24, 1996.16 Following this meeting, at least one Team 100 member boasted about the access he had bought.
5578 The Sioeng Family's Contributions to the National Policy Forum...................................................... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Annenberg report made the following comment about the role of these issue ads in the 1996 elections: This report catalogues one of the most intriguing and thorny new practices to come onto the political scene in many years--the heavy uses of so-called ``issue advocacy'' advertising by political parties, labor unions, trade associations and business, ideological and single-issue groups during the last campaign . As a result, with a few exceptions, the Minority actively supported a series of Committee subpoenas issued to 30 independent groups from April to July of 1997.3 The subpoenaed entities ranged from conservative groups such as Americans for Tax Reform, the Christian Coalition, and Triad Management to pro-Democratic groups such as Vote Now '96, the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO. The DNC reviewed the circumstances surrounding the contribution, which had been solicited by a DNC fundraiser named John Huang, and returned the entire $250,000 after determining that it failed to meet the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) criteria for contributions from domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations.8 Following this event, the news media increasingly published allegations that contributions made to the DNC were illegal or improper. \39\ Memorandum from Don Fowler, Marvin Rosen, Scott Pastrick, and Richard Sullivan to Harold Ickes, 11/20/95, EOP 027285. \79\ Summary of Vice President Al Gore's phone call records, Appendix. The DNC has acknowledged that ``splitting'' contributions in this way without the contributor's permission was not appropriate. Harold Ickes, deputy chief of staff in the White House, testified that they were originally designed to help the President ``reconnect'' with his constituents and to reenergize them.8 More importantly, the coffees did not, in fact, operate like traditional fundraisers. people whom we hoped would be helpful or had been helpful? Finally, the evidence indicates that of the approximately 1600 contributions made by people who attended coffees, less than 5 were credited on the DNC check-tracking forms to the coffee.11 Numerous DNC fundraisers were asked under oath whether the fundraiser had ever told a contributor that he or she could attend a coffee in exchange for a contribution. In 1975, the Eagles held their very first meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House with President Gerald Ford.3 Eagles' access to elected officials continued throughout the Reagan Administration.
5579 The Sioeng Family's Contribution to Matt Fong in December 1995....................................................... The subpoenas requested that these entities provide information about their issue ads and other voter education activities, as well as their coordination with the national parties. Beginning in November 1996, with the assistance of outside law and accounting firms, the DNC conducted an internal review of the 1200 contributions over $10,000 it had received in the 1996 election cycle. 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ These calls were initially placed by staff who were instructed to charge the calls to a Democratic Party credit card, not to the federal government.52 Once the calls were placed, the Vice President would speak to the potential contributor. \40\ White House Office of the Press Secretary, press briefing by the Vice President, 3/3/97, p. \41\ Notations on call sheets indicate that a message was left for two individuals on November 28, 1995. \80\ There is evidence which suggests that only 6 of the 8 individuals who gave a donation that was subsequently deposited, in part, into the DNC's Federal hard money account made their contribution in response to a phone call from Vice President Gore. Michael Adler received a call from Vice President Gore on December 11, 1995, and contributed $5000 four days later. Mc Auliffe, for example, testified: Did we recommend . You bet, but I always ended every phone call with you don't--there's no quid pro quo, and you talk to the hundreds of thousands of donors that I dealt with . The DNC witnesses were also asked whether there was a specific amount of total contributions that were required for a contributor to receive a coffee invitation--specifically, whether there was a $50,000 ticket price to attend the coffees. \17\ Jenrette was asked: ``Were you asked to contribute a certain amount of money in order to attend this event? For example, a September 16, 1982, memorandum on White House stationery indicates that, in 1982, President Reagan made a fundraising-related phone call to an RNC event for the Eagles held in an auditorium at the Department of Commerce.4 President Reagan's talking points for this call illustrate the perks provided to the RNC's largest donors and verify that the President made the phone call from the White House with full knowledge that this particular event was directly related to the RNC's fundraising efforts on federal property: Hello to all of you high flying Eagles.
Baker, Chief Clerk ------ MAJORITY STAFF Michael J. Shaw, Counsel David Hickey, Investigator Stephen J. Lamond, Systems Administrator Steve Diamond, Senator Susan Collins Jim Rowland, Senator Sam Brownback Brian Benczkowski, Senator Pete V. The White House Controlled the DNC and Improperly Coordinated the Activities of the DNC and Clinton/Gore '96. The DNC Dismantled Its System for Vetting Contributions... DNC Fundraising in the White House: Coffees, Overnights, and Other Events........................................... Fundraising Calls from the White House.................... 5290 Role of Ernest Green..................................... 5291 Analysis................................................. 5292 Trie and China............................................... 5293 Chapter 6: Michael Kojima........................................ 5413 Findings..................................................... 5413 Contribution History......................................... 5415 Kojima's Access to the White House and Other Perks........... The memorandum continues, ``I was asked as recently as yesterday by Sen. He asked for $500,000; I said no.'' While the Majority might attempt to connect this request by Kerrey--and the amount he requested--to the alleged contribution swap scheme, there is no evidence to support this. Despite these and other limitations, allegations regarding groups traditionally associated with the Republican Party are addressed in Chapters 10-15. The RNC received foreign contributions, gave access to top Republican leaders for large contributions, held fundraising-related events on federal property, engaged in coordination between the Presidential campaign and the national party and used supposedly nonpartisan, tax-exempt organizations for partisan purposes. \85\ White House Office of the Press Secretary, Press Briefing by the Vice President, 3/3/97, p. Mc Auliffe suggested that small groups of supporters be invited to the White House to meet with the President.2 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Footnotes appear at end of chapter 27. A: Yes, there may be other relationships other than just giving money. This chart lists two individuals who stayed overnight at the White House and contributed both to the DNC and the RNC. Lindner, contributed more to the RNC than to the DNC and gave $35,000 to the RNC and nothing to the DNC within one month of his overnight stay. PART 5 FUNDRAISING AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL PARTIES AND ADMINISTRATIONS Chapter 28: Republican Use of Federal Property and Contributor Access In response to claims that practices under the Clinton Administration were ``unprecedented,'' this Chapter examines how the Republican Party and preceding Republican Administrations have used the White House as a fundraising tool, provided access to elected officials for large contributors, and appointed large contributors to positions within the government.