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March 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Torrance businessman Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, 43, pleaded guilty as expected in federal court in Los Angeles to election law violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. Chung, who from 1994 to 1996 was one of the biggest donors to the Democratic Party and individual candidates, had earlier agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with a Justice Department task force investigating campaign finance abuses. Terms of his plea agreement and details about cooperation with investigators remained sealed.
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December 15, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles federal judge criticized Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and Democratic Party officials Monday as he sentenced Torrance businessman Johnny Chung to five years' probation for funneling illegal contributions into the 1996 election campaign. Citing Chung's secret testimony before a federal grand jury in Washington, U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real said he was surprised that Reno continues to "eschew" the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the campaign funding scandal.
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June 6, 1998 | From Reuters
A new prosecutor was named Friday to run the Justice Department's investigation into campaign fund-raising allegations, including whether political donations influenced President Clinton's decision to allow satellite technology exports to China. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said a career federal prosecutor from New Hampshire, David Vicinanzo, would head the Justice Department's campaign financing task force, which is investigating Clinton fund-raising controversies.
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November 17, 1998
A federal judge voiced suspicions Monday that major Democratic donor Johnny Chung might be taking a fall in the national campaign funding scandal. For the second time in as many weeks, U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real postponed Chung's sentencing for making illegal campaign contributions. He asked to see transcripts of Chung's secret testimony before a federal grand jury in Washington. "What I think is that Mr.
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June 20, 1998 | ROBERTO SURO, THE WASHINGTON POST
Democratic contributor Johnny Chien Chuen Chung has told Justice Department investigators that top Democratic National Committee officials knowingly solicited and accepted improper donations from him, according to sources familiar with his account. Chung, as part of a plea bargain with the department, has claimed that then-DNC Finance Director Richard Sullivan personally asked him for a $125,000 donation in April 1995, the sources said.
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March 6, 1997 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White House officials acknowledged Wednesday that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief of staff, acting in accordance with administration policy, personally took a political donation from California businessman Johnny Chien Chuen Chung at the White House in 1995.
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March 11, 1997 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, commenting for the first time on the fund-raising controversy that spread to her office last week, Monday defended her staff as "courteous" for allowing White House access to a Democratic donor who handed a $50,000 check to her top aide.
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November 10, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sentencing of Torrance businessman Johnny Chien Chuen Chung for illegally donating nearly $30,000 to Democrats, including the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign, was postponed Monday because of attorney objections to a letter asking that he receive a stiff sentence. The sender: The Democratic National Committee. Chung, who gave $400,000 to Democratic causes and candidates and visited the Clinton White House nearly 50 times, pleaded guilty in March.
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November 14, 1997 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democratic donor Johnny Chien Chuen Chung did not attend Thursday's House hearing on campaign fund-raising abuses, but he was the center of attention nonetheless. Lawmakers displayed photographs of him, blown up to life-size proportions, and denounced the deep-pocketed Torrance businessman as a hustler, an opportunist, a political groupie and a wealthy Mr. Magoo.
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August 9, 1997 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Prominent Democratic campaign donor Johnny Chien Chuen Chung contributed $25,000 last year to a private committee that publicly defended the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton against Whitewater-related ethics attacks after the first lady's chief of staff referred the head of the committee to Chung, Chung's attorney said this week.
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November 10, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sentencing of Torrance businessman Johnny Chien Chuen Chung for illegally donating nearly $30,000 to Democrats, including the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign, was postponed Monday because of attorney objections to a letter asking that he receive a stiff sentence. The sender: The Democratic National Committee. Chung, who gave $400,000 to Democratic causes and candidates and visited the Clinton White House nearly 50 times, pleaded guilty in March.
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June 20, 1998 | ROBERTO SURO, THE WASHINGTON POST
Democratic contributor Johnny Chien Chuen Chung has told Justice Department investigators that top Democratic National Committee officials knowingly solicited and accepted improper donations from him, according to sources familiar with his account. Chung, as part of a plea bargain with the department, has claimed that then-DNC Finance Director Richard Sullivan personally asked him for a $125,000 donation in April 1995, the sources said.
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June 6, 1998 | From Reuters
A new prosecutor was named Friday to run the Justice Department's investigation into campaign fund-raising allegations, including whether political donations influenced President Clinton's decision to allow satellite technology exports to China. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said a career federal prosecutor from New Hampshire, David Vicinanzo, would head the Justice Department's campaign financing task force, which is investigating Clinton fund-raising controversies.
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May 16, 1998 | MARC LACEY and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Congressional investigators who long have sought a firm link between campaign contributions to the Democratic Party and the Chinese government said Friday that one has emerged in new information provided to federal prosecutors by fund-raiser Johnny Chien Chuen Chung.
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March 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Torrance businessman Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, 43, pleaded guilty as expected in federal court in Los Angeles to election law violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. Chung, who from 1994 to 1996 was one of the biggest donors to the Democratic Party and individual candidates, had earlier agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with a Justice Department task force investigating campaign finance abuses. Terms of his plea agreement and details about cooperation with investigators remained sealed.
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March 6, 1998 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER and MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Democratic campaign donor who once compared the White House to a subway requiring "coins . . . to open the gates" will plead guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and election law violations in an agreement reached with the Justice Department, it was disclosed Thursday.
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May 16, 1998 | MARC LACEY and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Congressional investigators who long have sought a firm link between campaign contributions to the Democratic Party and the Chinese government said Friday that one has emerged in new information provided to federal prosecutors by fund-raiser Johnny Chien Chuen Chung.
NEWS
September 20, 1997 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators are looking into allegations that Energy Department officials may have covered up links between a $25,000 donation to the favorite charity of then-Secretary Hazel O'Leary and a meeting she agreed to have with a Chinese delegation, The Times has learned.
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December 24, 1997 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), a leading advocate of campaign finance reform and a potential presidential contender, received $10,000 in donations through controversial Democratic backer Johnny Chien Chuen Chung last year after his Senate office helped the entrepreneur arrange a high-level meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Times has learned.
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