CONNECT THE DOTS

AT THE DONORGATE HEARINGS, A PLOT EMERGES: JOHN HUANG WAS IN DEEPER--AND EARLIER--THAN WE KNEW

The evidence tumbled out so haphazardly that it was easy to miss--even for the G.O.P. Senators who presented it. Introduced hours apart were three $15,000 checks to the Democratic Party, and a thank-you note to Al Gore's chief of staff for arranging a meeting with Gore--all signed by the infamous John Huang.

It added up to one of the most compelling connections yet between foreign cash and official favors in Washington. But hardly anyone noticed it. If the first week of the Senate campaign-finance hearings had devolved into political bombast, the second turned out to be a game of connect the...

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