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Check to Christian Coalition Questioned

August 04, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Christian Coalition accepted $60,000 from an Ohio businessman who asked that it be used to support President Bush's 1992 reelection bid. The group's suspended chief financial officer, Judy Liebert, alleges she was asked to disguise the gift on its books. Campaign finance experts say the transaction appears improper and could bolster the government's case accusing the tax-exempt coalition of violating federal election laws. The coalition acknowledges it accepted the check from John W. Wolfe but denies it was misused or that records were falsified. The letter and check have been turned over to federal prosecutors. Liebert was suspended after going to federal authorities with concerns about coalition finances.

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