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Former Senator Robert Toricelli is facing some unpleasantness. The Financial Times reports:

The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much—criticised United Nations oil—for—food programme.

This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN.

The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate ethics committee for accepting expensive gifts from David Chang, a campaign contributor. Mr Chang, a Korean—American businessman, was found guilty in 2002 of conspiring to violate federal campaign laws and was jailed for 15 months.

Ed Lasky   5 19 06

Former Senator Robert Toricelli is facing some unpleasantness. The Financial Times reports:

The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much—criticised United Nations oil—for—food programme.

This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN.

The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate ethics committee for accepting expensive gifts from David Chang, a campaign contributor. Mr Chang, a Korean—American businessman, was found guilty in 2002 of conspiring to violate federal campaign laws and was jailed for 15 months.

Ed Lasky   5 19 06