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11:00 PM, Nov 17, 1996 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
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Now, that dwarfs campaign-finance reform in importance. And yet the media, which have been aggressive in pursuit of the foreign-donations story, persist in portraying Huang's activities as common to both parties Newsweek's October 28 cover was typical: The cover line reads "Candidates for Sale," next to pictures of both Clinton and Dole. The New York Times has also frequently paired the two candidates' fund-raising operations, accusing Bob Dole of hypocrisy for his attacks on Clinton's fund-raising. Why? Because Dole himself, the Times pointed out, engaged in fund-raising practices that would be illegal if the reforms he was championing actually passed, a breathtaking piece of sophistry that confused an actual tort with a hypothetical one.

The key issue in the Huang case involves the sale of access to the White House, something Dole is absolved of, since he didn't, and never will, live in the White House. Republicans have not occupied, and will not occupy, the White House for quite some time. The Huang scandal is not bipartisan; it is about the Clinton administration and the Clinton-run DNC, and only about them.

By Christopher Caldwell