This chronology of DNC/White House fundraising planning and activity was
assembled during the production research of FRONTLINE's "Washington's Other
Scandal." Dates, events and specific quotes were drawn from the White House
tapes, from the Morris memos, from the Senate report, from depositions and
testimony given to Senate investigators, from news reports, and from a wide
array of documents subpoenaed by the Senate Committee - including Harold Ickes'
thousands of pages of files.
Want to find out if someone in your state attended a White House coffee or
spent a night in the Lincoln Bedroom? The Center for Responsive Politics makes
this easy. Just click here and search by date, by
name, or by state. And, for more details on those White House sleepovers,
click here for the Center for
Public Integrity's "Fat Cat Hotel" report . The Center for Public Integrity
broke the Lincoln Bedroom story. Their report details how the overnights
worked - beds turned down, mints on pillows, your choice of breakfast location
- and background information on some of the leading guests.
From the time he formally joined President Clinton's team of campaign
advisors in early 1995, Dick Morris prepared detailed memos for his weekly
strategy sessions with the President and others. This selection traces
Morris's arguments in the internal debate about whether to accept public
funding (with its implicit limitations on spending). They also reveal the
growing pressure to raise more and more money for tv ads and outline how tens
of millions of dollars in private money raised by the White House are being
funneled/laundered through the DNC to create ads which benefit the Clinton/Gore
Click to read each memo excerpt--
March 2, 1995 Memo Advises President to reject federal matching
funds so as to increase amount of money Clinton/Gore campaign could legally
spend. Morris says this is needed for ad campaign. Morris says he's "testing
justification for no fed $ in poll."
May 16, 1995 Memo Money drumbeat continues. Need for tv ads: "Need
to get basic messages out to the public in the spring before political season
is too far along"
Sept.7, 1995 Memo Morris's key questions here pertain to the
funnelling through DNC of the 'soft money' raised by White House
fundraising of private donors. The soft money is used on 'issue ads'
benefiting Clinton/Gore campaign. Morris: "Can we raise an additional $33 mil
for DNC? Can we stop DNC from spending $ on things other than our
Sept. 13, 1995 Memo More on funnelling money through DNC for ad
campaign--"$10 mil - pay for it entirely with DNC $"
March 6, 1996 Memo Outline of the intense money scramble
facing the campaign at this point.
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