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July 13, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
It was seven years ago that Johnny Chung pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money from China to President Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Today, the self-described "poster boy of the 1996 campaign finance scandal" is five months away from completing his probation, but the Taiwanese-born immigrant says he will never stop trying to make up for his criminal past, having reestablished his devotion to God. "I'm back as a better man," Chung said. "I'm back as a better Christian."
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July 13, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
It was seven years ago that Johnny Chung pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money from China to President Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Today, the self-described "poster boy of the 1996 campaign finance scandal" is five months away from completing his probation, but the Taiwanese-born immigrant says he will never stop trying to make up for his criminal past, having reestablished his devotion to God. "I'm back as a better man," Chung said. "I'm back as a better Christian."
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May 9, 1999 | RONE TEMPEST and TYLER MARSHALL and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When he was dismissed from his post as a senior U.S. diplomat here, Charles Matthew Parish braced for what he expected would be a grueling investigation of his activities. His superiors accused Parish of using his position to grant visas for friends, of accepting gifts in excess of strict State Department limits, and of improper fraternization with Chinese women.
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September 29, 2000 | Associated Press
An outdated mailing list sent Vice President Al Gore back to the trough of Johnny Chung, a central figure in the 1996 campaign fund-raising scandals. A solicitation from Gore's 2000 presidential campaign included a reproduced appeal from Gore's campaign manager. Chung, who pleaded guilty to fund-raising abuses during the 1996 campaign and now writes a column for a conservative Web site, said Thursday he was ignoring the July appeal. "Been there, done that," Chung said.
NEWS
August 16, 2000
Four years ago, he was a fund-raising hero at the Democratic convention. This year, Johnny Chung says a judge has ordered him to stay away. Now a pariah who's on probation for campaign and tax violations, Chung had been assigned by an Internet daily to cover the convention, but he says he realizes approaching party officials would be difficult. "They will run away," he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999
The circle has been completed. It took a Frenchman to tell us how "good" we once were and it took a Chinese to tell us how bad we have become. Alexis de Tocqueville said, "America is great because America is good." Johnny Chung said, "Please, keep in mind that I didn't create this system, you did" (May 12). Yes, Mr. Chung, and you were allowed to abuse it. Yes, the American people do deserve better. Would that there were more "defiant patriot(s)" like Oliver North! CATHERINE ANTOLINO MERVYN Oxnard
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September 29, 2000 | Associated Press
An outdated mailing list sent Vice President Al Gore back to the trough of Johnny Chung, a central figure in the 1996 campaign fund-raising scandals. A solicitation from Gore's 2000 presidential campaign included a reproduced appeal from Gore's campaign manager. Chung, who pleaded guilty to fund-raising abuses during the 1996 campaign and now writes a column for a conservative Web site, said Thursday he was ignoring the July appeal. "Been there, done that," Chung said.
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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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April 17, 1999 | ALAN C. MILLER and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A House committee investigating campaign finance abuses has subpoenaed former Democratic donor Johnny Chung to testify about his contacts with a senior Chinese military official who allegedly sought to funnel money into U.S. elections through Chung. Chung, whose prior testimony on the matter remains sealed in grand jury transcripts and classified documents, would be the first major Democratic fund-raiser with ties to China to discuss them publicly.
NEWS
August 16, 2000
Four years ago, he was a fund-raising hero at the Democratic convention. This year, Johnny Chung says a judge has ordered him to stay away. Now a pariah who's on probation for campaign and tax violations, Chung had been assigned by an Internet daily to cover the convention, but he says he realizes approaching party officials would be difficult. "They will run away," he says.
NEWS
July 3, 1999 | HENRY CHU and JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The chief of Chinese military intelligence has been reassigned in a move that government officials here insisted was unrelated to his role in the U.S. campaign donations scandal. Gen. Ji Shengde's apparent demotion--from directing intelligence for the vast People's Liberation Army (PLA) to running a department at a military research institute--was characterized as a lateral transfer by a spokesman for the National Defense Ministry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999
The circle has been completed. It took a Frenchman to tell us how "good" we once were and it took a Chinese to tell us how bad we have become. Alexis de Tocqueville said, "America is great because America is good." Johnny Chung said, "Please, keep in mind that I didn't create this system, you did" (May 12). Yes, Mr. Chung, and you were allowed to abuse it. Yes, the American people do deserve better. Would that there were more "defiant patriot(s)" like Oliver North! CATHERINE ANTOLINO MERVYN Oxnard
NEWS
May 12, 1999 | ALAN C. MILLER and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Democratic Party donor Johnny Chung detailed for a congressional committee Tuesday his odyssey from obscure Torrance entrepreneur to middle man for contributions from the Chinese government, telling lawmakers, "please keep in mind that I didn't create this system, you did." In testimony before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Chung revealed that he received more than $2 million from 1994 to 1996 from various Chinese investors.
NEWS
May 9, 1999 | RONE TEMPEST and TYLER MARSHALL and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When he was dismissed from his post as a senior U.S. diplomat here, Charles Matthew Parish braced for what he expected would be a grueling investigation of his activities. His superiors accused Parish of using his position to grant visas for friends, of accepting gifts in excess of strict State Department limits, and of improper fraternization with Chinese women.
NEWS
May 7, 1999 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Democratic donor Johnny Chung has provided new information to congressional investigators about his dealings with top Chinese intelligence officials, including claims that other politically connected figures were enlisted to bolster China's interests in the United States.
NEWS
May 12, 1999 | ALAN C. MILLER and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Democratic Party donor Johnny Chung detailed for a congressional committee Tuesday his odyssey from obscure Torrance entrepreneur to middle man for contributions from the Chinese government, telling lawmakers, "please keep in mind that I didn't create this system, you did." In testimony before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Chung revealed that he received more than $2 million from 1994 to 1996 from various Chinese investors.
NEWS
July 3, 1999 | HENRY CHU and JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The chief of Chinese military intelligence has been reassigned in a move that government officials here insisted was unrelated to his role in the U.S. campaign donations scandal. Gen. Ji Shengde's apparent demotion--from directing intelligence for the vast People's Liberation Army (PLA) to running a department at a military research institute--was characterized as a lateral transfer by a spokesman for the National Defense Ministry.
NEWS
April 17, 1999 | ALAN C. MILLER and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A House committee investigating campaign finance abuses has subpoenaed former Democratic donor Johnny Chung to testify about his contacts with a senior Chinese military official who allegedly sought to funnel money into U.S. elections through Chung. Chung, whose prior testimony on the matter remains sealed in grand jury transcripts and classified documents, would be the first major Democratic fund-raiser with ties to China to discuss them publicly.
NEWS
April 4, 1999 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and HENRY WEINSTEIN and ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The chief of China's military intelligence secretly directed funds from Beijing to help reelect President Clinton in 1996, former Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung has told federal investigators. Chung says he met three times with the intelligence official, Gen. Ji Shengde, who ordered $300,000 deposited into the Torrance businessman's bank account to subsidize campaign donations intended for Clinton, according to sources familiar with Chung's sealed statements to federal prosecutors.
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