Congress' shame


CONGRESS' REFUSAL to get beyond partisanship and act on much-needed campaign finance reform is shameful. The result is that the next presidential election -- and congressional elections at least for the the next two cycles -- will be subject to the same sort of abuses that are continuing to unfold.

This week, a Taiwanese-born businessman, Johnny Chung, became the fourth person in just over a month to be charged in connection with the campaign finance scandal -- and the first to cut a deal with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to funneling $20,000 in illegal contributions through "straw donors" to the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department's investigation.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Janet Reno vowed that her department's probe would continue "moving forward."

Unfortunately, Congress isn't moving forward at the same brisk clip -- or any clip at all, for that matter.

Pub Date: 3/07/98


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