Topic A: FEC Audit May Lead to the Mother of All Probes

FEC Audit May Lead to the Mother of All Probes

The Federal Election Commission is probably the least-feared watchdog agency in Washington, which is why inside the Beltway its nickname is the "Failure to Enforce Commission." That explains why the hottest guessing game in town is figuring out how this nearly toothless body managed to do what volumes of editorial screeds, congressional bombast and urgent pleas from top FBI and Justice officials could not--specifically, push Attorney General JANET RENO to the verge of naming a new independent counsel to investigate the financial maneuverings of the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign. The explanation, says an insider, is that an FEC audit of the campaign,...

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