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Customs Service Employee Pays $76,000 to Golf With Clinton

August 6, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Government employee Paul Peck and his family paid just over $10,000 an hour to pay golf with President Clinton.

Peck, a U.S. Customs Service computer systems manager, submitted a $76,000 successful bid in a fund-raising auction at Sidwell Friends School, where 16-year-old Chelsea Clinton is a junior.

His bid earlier this year resulted in Monday’s seven-hour outing with the president Monday at the Army-Navy Country Club, whose course Clinton frequents.

Peck of McLean, Va. _ who has two daughters and a son, none of whom attended Sidwell Friends _ works on a government salary, hardly enough to warrant such a bid. But shortly after submitting his winning bid, Peck explained: ``I got a Wharton (School of Business) MBA back in the 60s and there was a philosophy of doing something to help your community. They taught you how to make money. I made some very good investments.″

Sidwell Friends will use the money for eight scholarships.

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