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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senate Agrees to Bipartisan Financing Inquiry

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee probing campaign finance irregularities agreed Wednesday to issue subpoenas to Bob Dole's presidential campaign and a handful of Republican-linked advocacy groups, while the House of Representatives appeared to be moving toward an inquiry that would allow its investigators to look beyond the Clinton administration as well.


The Senate made good on its pledge for an expanded bipartisan inquiry by seeking documents from five conservative tax-exempt groups, as well as the Dole and Clinton presidential campaigns and both the Republican and Democratic national committees.


The House will decide Thursday whether it will follow a similar bipartisan route. Following a closed-door meeting Wednesday, House Republicans appear to have settled on a strategy that would allow the chamber's government reform and oversight committee to look into anything that comes under its broad jurisdiction -- but not specifically call for an inquiry that includes Republican political activities.


Meanwhile, the rancor that already has been sparked by the campaign finance issue boiled over in the House as two lawmakers engaged in a heated shoving incident. The combatants were House Majority Whip Republican Tom DeLay and Democrat David Obey, who squared off over a 1995 newspaper story alleging corporate lobbyists gathered in Delay's office to help write legislation.