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NEWS ANALYSIS; House Probe of Campaign Fund-Raising Uncovers Little, Piles Up Partisan Ill Will; Congress: GOP insults, Democratic ridicule are low-lights of costly investigation that has spawned 600 subpoenas but led mostly to dead ends.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Political finance; Congressional investigations; Politics; Fund raising; Political campaigns
Author: Lacey, Marc
Date: May 2, 1998
Start Page: 14
Section: PART-A; National Desk
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Last week, Democrats on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee exploded at Chairman Dan Burton's characterization of President Clinton as a "scumbag" and voted against granting immunity to four witnesses Republicans wanted to bring before the panel.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), tired of seeing the inquiry extend further and further back in time, complained to Burton: "At this rate, Mr. Chairman, it will be sometime in June that I expect we'll be focusing on the 1960 campaign and taking testimony on whether President Kennedy stole the election."

"Barring some dramatic change, I think the Burton investigation is going to be remembered as a case study in how not to do a congressional investigation and as a prime example of investigation as farce," said Norman Ornstein, a congressional expert for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

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