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Wrong Wang subpoenaed

April 16, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Confused by Asian names, House campaign-finance investigators subpoenaed bank records for the wrong Mr. Wang and were forced to withdraw the demand for documents.

The subpoena for bank records of Chi Wang was issued by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee as part of its investigation into Democratic fund-raising abuses.

Investigators mistakenly thought Wang had given money at a Buddhist Temple fund-raiser last fall in California that was attended by Vice President Al Gore, committee officials said.

The subpoena should have been directed to a Chi Ruan Wang, officials said. Some of the $140,000 raised at the temple event was returned because the Democratic National Committee could not verify the source of the money.

Wang, who is a Georgetown University professor and head of the Chinese collection at the Library of Congress, and his wife gave $50,000 to the Democratic Party and candidates in the last election cycle, committee officials said.

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