public utility regulator whose undercover recordings for the FBI revealed a
bribery scandal that may have affected the White House - if not for Gene and
"To make sure this transaction was clear, after the money changed hands, I'd
look the person in the eye and say, `You and I both know this is illegal.'
Sometimes I would quote the Oklahoma Statute Title XVII, Section 177...And
their words of response are something I'll remember for a long time. Mr.
Anderson, for example, would say, `That law makes liars and hypocrites out of
all of us.'"
The former mayor of a Los Angeles suburb who says most
Asian-American political donors do not expect a quid pro quo for their money.
"Asian-Americans, when they donate, they're really talking about personal
friendship and pride and opportunity to participate. They're really not asking
for anything in return."
An attorney who claims Nora Lum bribed politicians on
behalf of the Japanese mafia and took phone calls from the White House as the
director of a shady Democratic fund-raising agency.
"She pays for power; she buys power."
Chairman and General Counsel of Judicial Watch, Inc. a
public watchdog group enforcing ethics and legal standards.
"We don't know everything that they want, but what we have been able to piece
together...is that [the] facts add up to the Lums trying to buy [the] influence
of Secretary Ron Brown and the Clinton administration."
A Los Angeles political consultant who says Ron Brown
offered him a job and paved the way for increased Democratic fund-raising in
the Asian-American community.
"I pick up the phone and on the other end comes a voice, and he said, `I'm
Chairman Brown,' and I thought this guy must be joking, so I said, `Well, if
you're Chairman Brown, then I'm Chairman Mao.'"
An attorney who alleges Gene and Nora Lum
orchestrated political payoffs and the eviction of Hawaii ranchers from their
homes to aid Japanese golf course developers.
"They take advantage of history. They build a profession and a lifestyle based
on this horrible deviation from democracy, and they make a living, and a very
good living, from it."
A former Oklahoma gas company employee who claims Gene
and Nora Lum said Nora was working for late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown when
they allegedly fronted a transaction to protect high-ranking Democrats.
"This thing is so corrupt and so big, everybody is wanting to keep secrets
quiet. Everybody's got secrets."
A former Oklahoma gas company executive who claims
Gene and Nora Lum fronted a buyout of his business to avert a potentially
explosive court case and protect high-ranking Democrats.
"When they'd sit down and meet with our employees, practically the first thing
that would come out of their mouth is, `We're from Washington, and we're here
to help.' My secretary came to me and said, `Ron, we're getting faxes from the
A Los Angeles bureaucrat who says Asian Pacific
Advisory Council-VOTE was an uncoordinated fund-raising agency headed by Nora
Lum with close ties to the Democratic National Committee.
"The relationship between Ron Brown and Nora Lum, in my view, was more than a
A neighborhood activist who claims Gene Lum organized the
evictions, including the theft of a Hawaiian rancher's cattle and the slaughter
of his prize bull.
"You would have thought it was a war zone. There were marshals, there were
sheriffs, there were police, helicopters...It was terrible. They...packed up
all their belongings and moving trucks, held everybody else at bay, and then
went in and just bulldozed their houses."