FUND RAISING

POINTED FINGERS AND TALES OUT OF SCHOOL

The first guilty pleas last week by Democratic fund raisers NORA and GENE LUM took some heat off Justice Department lawyers (hey, they're doing something; no need for an independent prosecutor) but raised the heat on a hitherto minor player in the fund-raising scandal: MICHAEL BROWN, son of the late Commerce Secretary. The Lums admitted conspiring to funnel about $50,000 in contributions through "straw donors" to SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY and an Oklahoma House candidate in 1994 and 1995, and they agreed to cooperate with investigators, who have recently been focusing on Brown, a donor to Kennedy around the same time. Brown...

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