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Clinton Legal Fund Raised $4.5M

February 24, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Helped by a direct-mail campaign attacking Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and the congressional impeachment process, President Clinton’s legal defense fund raised $4.5 million last year, officials said today.

The money ranged from small donations of $10 and $20 up to $10,000 from Clinton’s Hollywood pals and corporate chiefs.

A report on the donations was being released today by the Clinton Legal Expense Fund.

The fund raised about $2.3 million from more than 30,000 donors since August, when the president testified before a federal grand jury about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, acknowledging that he had misled the nation and his family about their affair.

In the first six months of fund-raising last year, the fund raised $2.2 million from 17,000 contributors. Among the big-ticket donors were celebrities such as directors Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard

Clinton and his wife, Hillary, have amassed legal bills approaching $9 million, but some of those expenses have been paid, two officials said, insisting on anonymity.

The Clinton Legal Expense Fund was a follow-on effort to an earlier fund-raising drive which raised $1.32 million from 9,376 contributors.

Unlike the original fund, the new fund allowed the active solicitation of contributions. The donation cap also was raised from $1,000 to $10,000.

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