April 9, 1995 |
For more than two years in office, Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown has effectively concealed his personal investment in a trouble-plagued low-income apartment complex that is part of the rental empire of a Los Angeles businessman whom federal officials consider a notorious slumlord.
March 4, 1995 |
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Resolution Trust Corp. are investigating possible bank fraud in connection with three loans made by failed savings and loans to companies owned by Nolanda S. Hill, the former business partner of Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, according to sources familiar with the investigations. FDIC investigators issued subpoenas this week for many records of Hill's principal business, Corridor Broadcasting Corp., the sources said.
February 22, 1995 |
When President Clinton invited a small, select group of corporate CEOs to the White House for lunch in the summer of 1993, there was only one invited guest whose company was not listed among the Fortune 500. Her name is Nolanda Hill, owner of a tiny, beleaguered firm known as Corridor Broadcasting Inc. and former business partner of Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown. By all accounts, Hill's name was placed on the White House guest list by Brown.
February 17, 1995 |
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has opened a preliminary inquiry to decide whether Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's financial practices should be investigated by an independent counsel. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, who ordered the 90-day inquiry opened Wednesday, did not specify publicly what the investigation would cover but noted that the allegations have been "widely reported by the news media."
February 5, 1995 |
Early in 1993, when Ronald H. Brown's nomination to be commerce secretary was pending before the Senate, he filed a lengthy financial disclosure statement that reported ownership of shares in a relatively small firm called Kellee Communications Inc.
February 4, 1995 |
Turning up the political heat on Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday called for congressional hearings into Brown's complex financial affairs. The Georgia Republican's call for hearings on Brown's finances and whether he has disclosed enough about them marked the fifth step in recent weeks by GOP leaders to direct attention to the ethics of the man who many were expecting would head President Clinton's reelection campaign next year.
January 24, 1995 |
The chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee asked Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown to provide "complete information" about a promissory note to a firm that Brown formerly co-owned. The note was owed by Corridor Broadcasting Corp., a firm owned by Nolanda Hill, to First International Communications Corp., the company formerly owned by Brown and Hill. Rep. William F. Clinger (R-Pa.
January 15, 1995 |
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's ex-business partner paid $190,000 of Brown's personal debts last year, including legal bills, lines of credit and mortgages, the Washington Post reported. Nolanda Hill, Brown's former partner in First International Communications Corp., paid those debts in June, July and August of 1994, the newspaper reported.
June 27, 1994 |
Accompanied by a delegation of U.S. corporate leaders, Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown kicked off a five-city, three-country Latin trade mission Sunday by bringing American and Brazilian business people together in a series of meetings. Brown, whose 22-member delegation includes the heads of such Fortune 500 companies as MCI, Hughes Aircraft, UNISYS Corp. and Comstat, also met in a closed-door session with ranking Brazilian officials and Raytheon President Dennis J.
February 3, 1994 |
The Justice Department on Wednesday closed its investigation into whether Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown had taken a $700,000 bribe to facilitate lifting the trade embargo against Vietnam, and Brown's lawyer said that he had been "completely exonerated." Atty. Gen. Janet Reno left the announcement of the action to the Commerce Department, which said Brown "is pleased that the inquiry has fully and fairly exonerated him of any wrongdoing."