AL GORE'S CASH MACHINE

ITS OPERATOR FOR NINE YEARS NOW IS PETER KNIGHT, WHOSE FANCY HORSE TRADING IS UNDER INVESTIGATION

Like the divinity student he once was, Vice President Al Gore took refuge in his work last week, avoiding reporters and talking about trade, global warming and America's great rivers--anything but campaign-finance reform. Nearly everyone else was talking about it, though. Republicans uncovered new evidence that Gore might have known that some of the "soft" money he solicited in 46 telephone calls to donors in 1995 and 1996 wound up in the wrong bank accounts at the Democratic National Committee--raising questions about the legality of the calls themselves.

For the second week in a row, Gore clung to his defenses: that...

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