ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 24, 1996
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(New York: Brian Ross) The search for former Commerce Department staffer turned Democratic fund-raiser John Huang, the man at the center of the issue of foreign campaign contributions to the Democratic Party, who seems to have disappeared, featured. [DNC general counsel Joe SANDLER, Judicial Watch Larry KLAYMAN - comment on Huang's whereabouts.] [President CLINTON - thanks Huang.]
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The extent of the contributions from the Indonesian-based Lippo group noted.
(Jakarta: Mark Litke) The background to Bank Lippo, which is an Asian conglomerate that manages a financial empire in Indonesia and beyond, examined; video shown of Mahtar Riady, Lippo's head. [American Chamber of Commerce James CASTLE - comments on the Lippo group.] The Riadys' long- time fascination with things American, including James Riady's ties with then-Governor Clinton in Arkansas, reviewed. The issue of whether the Riadys and Lippo benefitted from their political ties to the White House raised. [Political scientist Christianto WIBISONO - explains the concept of "quangxi" (connections) in Asian countries.]