November 15, 1996 |
On the afternoon of Oct. 18, 1994, a prominent Thai business consultant dropped by the Department of Commerce for a meeting with John Huang, then a principal deputy assistant secretary for international economic policy. The businesswoman, Pauline Kanchanalak, said that she and Huang were acquaintances and that they discussed a personal matter. But two days later, records show, Kanchanalak donated $32,500 to the Democratic National Committee. On Dec.
October 30, 1996 |
Beleaguered Democratic fund-raiser John Huang, caught up in a controversy over foreign-linked donations to the party, said Tuesday he "was not trying to hide" from testifying in a federal civil suit. "I was really trying to stay away from the harassment of the media," Huang said in a deposition, repeating several times that his friends and relatives in the Washington area had been "harassed by the media."
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August 13, 1999 |
John Huang, whose fund-raising efforts for the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign sparked congressional and Justice Department investigations, was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to a felony conspiracy charge. Huang's plea, entered in Los Angeles federal court, was the result of a deal with the Justice Department's campaign finance task force, which agreed to recommend no jail time in exchange for his cooperation.
December 16, 1999 |
For three years, John Huang loomed as the central figure in the 1996 Democratic campaign fund-raising controversy triggered by millions of dollars in tainted contributions to help reelect President Clinton. And for three years, Huang has had virtually nothing to say in public. That changed Wednesday when a low-key and respectful Huang appeared before a congressional committee and national television audience.
October 19, 1996 |
The Democratic Party scrambled Friday to contain a spreading scandal, reimbursing a Southern California Buddhist temple $15,000 for hosting a campaign fund-raising event and asking federal election officials for a swift investigation of controversial donations to the party.
October 19, 1996 |
To Southern California's Asian American community, John Huang was something of a folk hero: dignified, fluent in five Chinese dialects, determined to help the community increase its political influence. "John rolled his sleeves up and was willing to go out there and raise money," says former Los Angeles Councilman Michael Woo. To President Clinton and a cash-craving Democratic Party, Huang excelled at soliciting millions of dollars while seeking no credit for himself.