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No subpoenas yet for O'Leary allegation

WASHINGTON - House investigators have not yet issued subpoenas to check a businessman's allegation that he was asked by an aide to then-Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary to contribute $25,000 to O'Leary's favorite charity, a spokesman said Monday.

The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is examining the allegation by Democratic donor and businessman Johnny Chung, but so far has not issued subpoenas, said Will Dwyer, the panel's spokesman.

Dwyer said Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., the panel's chairman, misspoke Sunday when he said eight to 10 subpoenas had been issued for information on Chung's allegation.

Burton, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation," thought a reporter's question referred to another $25,000 donation that Chung made to a group set up to attack the Senate Whitewater hearings, Dwyer said.

Chung's donation to the Back to Business Committee "is already the subject of document requests and subpoenas," Dwyer said.

White House officials acknowledged earlier this month that Chung made the donation at the request of Lynn Cutler, a friend of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By the Associated Press