Clintons deny using hospitality for funds

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Meg Ryan has laid her head on a White House pillow over the past 12 months. So have Chevy Chase, Danny Devito and Quincy Jones. So, too, have a number of lesser-known individuals who, none the less, are very wealthy. More to the point, some of them have donated money to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.

Meg Ryan has laid her head on a White House pillow over the past 12 months. So have Chevy Chase, Danny Devito and Quincy Jones. So, too, have a number of lesser-known individuals who, none the less, are very wealthy. More to the point, some of them have donated money to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.

All of those who have been invited to the White House or to the President's Camp David retreat since July last year are identified in a list issued by aides to Bill Clinton yesterday. There are 404 of them in all, ranging from old friends from Arkansas to political leaders and Hollywood stars. The list's publication was meant to blunt allegations that Mrs Clinton has traded nights in the Lincoln bedroom for contributions to her race in New York against the Republican Rick Lazio.

It may not appease the Lazio campaign, however. "The use of the Lincoln bedroom and Camp David as accommodations for campaign supporters is nothing less than taxpayer-funded abuse of power," a spokesman said.

The White House was unapologetic about the list, however. "The Clintons will continue to invite guests to visit with them at the White House and Camp David during the President's remaining months in office," said Joe Lockhart, the President's spokesman.

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