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Sen. Thompson Vows to Probe DNC-Teamsters Ties

By Ceci Connolly and Terry M. Neal

Sunday, August 24, 1997; Page A11

Sen. Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.), meeting in Indianapolis yesterday with midwestern GOP activists, said the Senate committee he heads will fully investigate whether Democratic National Committee officials illegally contributed to the reelection campaign of Teamsters President Ron Carey.

Thompson, chairman of the Senate's Governmental Affairs Committee, said the Teamsters had raised some concerns about the breadth of a subpoena issued by the committee and had not been cooperative. He said the committee would take up the issue in September or October.

"If their idea is to stonewall, then we're going to have some problems," Thompson said, surrounded by reporters before speaking at luncheon at the Midwest Republican Leadership conference.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Justice Department was investigating whether the DNC contributed to Carey's campaign in return for union contributions to President Clinton's campaign last year.

"If the allegations that have been reported in some detail in The Washington Post today are true, it's a very disturbing matter," he said. "It's just another indication we had a situation in the last presidential election that was out of hand."

In his speech at the luncheon, Thompson said the GOP should take the lead on campaign finance reform. He said he would support a campaign finance bill sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). McCain has said he hopes to bring the bill to floor next month, and Thompson said he would support attempts to attach it to unrelated legislation to help it pass.

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