While this may look bad for Gore — he made $695,000 out of these calls — he'll probably emerge unscathed. After all, it is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions both parties snag in soft money contributions. In the absence of campaign finance reform, the real scandal is not what's illegal, but what's still legal.
WASHINGTON: It seems Al Gore did do some illegal White House fundraising, after all. New phone records show Gore called 46 people on the White House dime, rather than calling "a couple" on the Clinton-Gore campaign phone card, as he'd previously claimed.