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11/02/1996

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Clinton to Push Campaign Finance Reform

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Getting the jump on President Bill Clinton's planned campaign finance-reform speech Friday, Bob Dole said the White House is only making reform suggestions because of a ""growing scandal'' of foreign contributions to the Democrats. In a speech at Santa Barbara City College later in the day, Clinton was expected to stress his support for legislation that would restrict so-called ""soft money'' contributions and eliminate political action committees. ""Soft money'' is a term for donations that individuals and corporations can use to avoid limits on direct giving to candidates by donating instead directly to political parties. The parties can in turn use the unlimited cash for ""party-building'' efforts. ""We do need campaign finance reform,'' White House spokesman Mike McCurry said in advance of the president's speech.

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