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ALAN SOLOMONT, THE NEW DEMOCRATIC FUND-RAISING CHIEF, WORKED HARD FOR HIS PARTY. AND HIS INDUSTRY

By the standards of last year's high-rolling presidential race, Donna Shalala's appearance at a Democratic dinner for business executives seemed like just another effort to lend star quality to one of Bill Clinton's ambitious fund-raising ventures. But to Alan Solomont, a Massachusetts nursing-home mogul who was host to the June 3 event in Washington, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shone brightest of all. A few weeks before the dinner, Solomont had visited Shalala with a team of lobbyists to press for less stringent enforcement of nursing-home regulations. Solomont, a leading Democratic fund raiser and an occasional jogging partner of...

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