Chinagate fundraising scandal

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The Chinagate fundraising scandal was a campaign finance controversy in 1996 in which the Clinton's illegally took money from foreign governments and military establishments. Like the Nixon administration, however, it was impossible to get the government to investigate itself, at least to any acceptable or just conclusion before the Clinton's term of office was up.


An unclassified U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs report issued in 1998 stated that both James Riady and his father Mochtar "had a long-term relationship with a Chinese intelligence agency." According to journalist Bob Woodward, details of the relationship came from highly classified intelligence information supplied to the committee by both the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation.[1]

The relationship between John Huang, the Riady Family, and the Clintons, goes back to the late 1970s in Little Rock, Arkansas. The patriarch of the family, Mochtar Riady, is an Indonesian of Chinese descent who built up the Lippo Group empire. In the mid-1970s, Mochtar Riady planned to expand his business into the United States and began looking for partners. He met the Stephens family of Arkansas headed by Witt Stephens[2] and entered into various joint ventures with Stephens Inc.

In Little Rock the Riadys met then-Governor Bill Clinton and financially supported Clinton’s gubernatorial campaigns throughout the 1980s.

It was through the Lippo-Stephens partnership that James Riady came to Arkansas to assist with their joint venture, Worthen Banking Corporation.[3]

Other corrupt individuals involved include Charlie Trie,[4] Johnny Chung,[5] and Wang Jun.[6]

Illegal fundraising, 1992

Following James Riady was John Huang. Shortly after Riady pledged $1 million in support of then-Governor Clinton's campaign for the presidency 1992, contributions made by Huang had been reimbursed with funds wired from a foreign Lippo Group entity into an account Riady maintained at Lippo Bank and then distributed to Huang in cash. Also, contributions made by Lippo Group entities operating in the United States were reimbursed with wire transfers from foreign Lippo Group entities.[7][8]

Ng Lap Seng

One of the world's wealthiest people,[28] Ng Lap Seng, a billionaire real estate developer from Macau, also is among the offshore owners in the leaked documents.

Ng was on friendly terms with Bill Clinton when he was president, visiting the White House ten times between 1994 and 1996.[31] Using a proxy, Ng illegally contributed $1 million to the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore campaign of 1996; his proxy was arrested, but Ng escaped criminal charges.[31]

Illegal fundraising, 1996

Huang became a key fund-raiser within the DNC in 1995. While there, he raised $3.4 million for the party.[9]

Huang visited the White House 78 times while working as a DNC fund-raiser.[10] James Riady visited the White House 20 times including 6 personal visits with President Clinton.[11]

Immediately prior to joining the DNC, Huang worked in the Clinton's Commerce Department as deputy assistant secretary for international economic affairs giving him access to classified intelligence on China.[12]


  1. Woodward, Bob, "Findings Link Clinton Allies to Chinese Intelligence", Washington Post, Feb. 10, 1998.
  3. Simultaneously with the Rose Law Firms's shredding of documents related to Whitewater and the death of Vince Foster, the Worthern Bank suffered a fire destroying all its documents relating to loans made to the Clinton's and their election campaigns.
  4. FBI Arrests Chinese Millionaire Once Tied to Clinton $$ Scandal, ABC News
  5. New Clinton Scandal Mirrors 'Chinagate,' Say Analysts, CNSNews
  6. Chinagate's smoking gun, WND
  7. "James Riady Pleads Guilty", Department of Justice, press release, January 11, 2001.
  8. "Former Democratic fund-raiser John Huang pleads guilty",, Aug. 12, 1999.
  9. "Campaign Finance Key Player: John Huang", Washington Post, July 27, 1997.
  10. "The Democratic Fund-Raising Flap: Timeline",, July 1, 1997.
  11. "The Democratic Fund-Raising Flap: Cast of Characters",, July 1, 1997.
  12. "Highlights of U.S. report on alleged China spying",, May 25, 1999.

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