KANSAS CITY, MO., JAN. 28 -- Sen. Robert J. Dole's (R-Kan.) 1986 reelection campaign received thousands of dollars in what may have been illegal campaign contributions from executives of a now-bankrupt company, The Kansas City Star reported today.

Some former executives of Birdview Satellite Communications Inc. of suburban Overland Park, Kan., say they were encouraged or ordered to contribute to Dole's campaign and were reimbursed by the company, the Star said.

The Dole presidential campaign said it had no knowledge of improper contributions.

The newspaper said today that Federal Election Commission records and interviews indicated that two former Birdview executives -- Steven Small, now a businessman and city commissioner in Chanute, Kan., and David K. Hamilton, a Kansas City area financial consultant -- and their wives made $4,000 in contributions that were later repaid with company funds.

The two told The Kansas City Star that they gave to the Dole campaign after they were asked to contribute by Charles A. Ross, Birdview's president at the time, or other company officials.

The Star said records showed at least $24,000 in contributions to Dole campaign committees from Birdview employees and their spouses in the last five years.

Fred Eiland of the FEC in Washington said campaign finance laws prohibit corporations or labor unions from compensating someone for a contribution to a federal election campaign.

Dale Tate, a spokesman for Dole's presidential campaign, said today that "nobody even knows who Ross is, other than seeing his name in the newspaper."

Ross denied ordering employees to make political contributions or reimbursing them from Birdview's company funds.

"If that happened, I have no knowledge of it," Ross said. "If that happened, it was at somebody else's direction, not mine."

The Dole for Senate campaign reported a surplus of nearly $2 million, which could be transferred into his presidential campaign.

Ross is a business associate of David Owen, a longtime Dole fund-raiser who was a $3,000-a-month consultant to Birdview at the time. Owen later became national finance chief for Dole's presidential campaign but resigned from the campaign Jan. 14 after questions were raised about his business dealings with the blind trust of Elizabeth Hanford Dole, the senator's wife.

{On June 15, 1985, while Owen was investment counselor to Elizabeth Dole's blind trust, the trust purchased 20,000 shares of Birdview stock for $91,007. The shares were sold on July 10, at a loss of $526. It is unclear why the trust decided to sell the stock after holding it only 25 days. Thirteen months later, Birdview filed for reorganization under the bankruptcy laws.

Scott Morgan, counsel for the Dole for President campaign, said last night: "We will do what we need to do to make sure there is no tainted money in this campaign."}

Small, a Birdview founder and former company vice president, said he was "told to make the contribution" by his boss, apparently on orders from Ross. "I didn't feel right about it, but what could I do? I wasn't in a position to say no," Small said.

The Star said Small and his wife each gave $1,000 to the Dole for Senate committee on July 23, 1984. "I got the $2,000 back," Small said.

The Star quoted one former company official as saying it was common knowledge that Ross encouraged political contributions by promising reimbursements. Ross, however, denied knowledge of employees being reimbursed for campaign contributions. He also said he encouraged all employees to make contributions but never promised compensation for the donations.