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Rep. Burton Receives Subpoena In Fund-Raising Investigation


Friday, July 18, 1997; Page A09

Justice Department lawyers have issued a subpoena to the chairman of a House committee investigating campaign finance abuses in connection with an investigation into his alleged attempts to solicit political contributions from a former lobbyist for the Pakistani government.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) said he had received the subpoena in an interview yesterday with CBS News.

A Justice Department task force investigating fund-raising activities in last year's elections expanded its inquiry to include Burton after The Washington Post reported in March that a lobbyist for the government of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said he had been "shaken down" by the congressman.

Lobbyist Mark A. Siegel said he was approached by Burton and asked to raise "at least $5,000" for the congressman's reelection effort. When he was unable to do so, Siegel said, Burton approached the ambassador for the Bhutto government here and threatened to make sure that "none of his friends or colleagues" would meet with Siegel or his associates.

On CBS, Burton called the subpoena "a retaliatory move by the Justice Department, because I am pushing pretty hard in my investigation" into fund-raising activities by Democrats.

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