Gary Locke Likely Commerce Pick

Gary Locke’s name has emerged has President Obama’s pick for Commerce Department Secretary.  According to this report, Locke was involved in the 1996 Democratic National Committee fundraising scandal involving John Huang, foreign national contributions, and reimbursed contributions.

Locke denied any wrongdoing, and he subsequently returned some checks tied to people implicated in the fundraising scandal, including $750 from John Huang. The former Commerce Department official was the Democratic Party’s chief fund raiser for the Asian-American population in the 1996 elections, and he became one of the central figures in the national Democratic Party fundraising scandal.

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