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Washington Post Archives: Article 

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Washington Post Staff Writer 
Sunday, July 26, 1992; Page Al8 

The Clinton campaign conducting wide-ranging effort deflect allegations about 
the Democratic nominee's private life and has retained San Francisco private 
investigator and lawyer discredit stories about women claiming have had 
relationships with the Arkansas governor. 

Betsey Wright, senior Clinton aide who overseeing the effort, said that since the 
Democratic National Convention there have been allegations from women 
purporting have had intimate relations with Bill Clinton. This follows seven earlier 
allegations that were being monitored the Clinton campaign before the convention. major news organization has substantiated any the stories, and Wright charges 
that much the activity has been fueled tabloid newspapers and television talk 
shows offering between 11$ 00,000 and $500,000" women willing tell 
embarrassing stories about the Arkansas governor. 
"Since the convention, the gold-digger growth enormous, Wright said. "There 
whole industry being spawned. The real heroes are the women --some them 
low-income people --who have been offered six figures lie and have said .... 

This Scud missile American politics 
But one sign the seriousness with which the Clinton campaign takes the matter came last spring when Wright used law firm working for the campaign retain Jack Palladino, San Francisco attorney wh_o heads major private investigative firm, Palladino and Sutherland. 1990 profile the San Jose Mercury News described Palladino and Sutherland "one America1s most successful investigative agencies." operates out San Francisco mansion, employs about detectives and charges clients $200 hour $2,000 day for the services its principal partners. 
The hiring Palladino illustrates not only the fierceness with which the Clinton campaign plans combat rumors about the governor's personal life, but also the peculiar state presidential politics 1992. The Clinton campaign's sensitivity such stories dates last February, when former cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers told the Star, supermarket tabloid, that she had had 12-year affair with Clinton. Clinton denied her allegations, but they triggered frenzy media inquiries. 
Palladino's work also brings the issue private investigators presidential politics of3 8/8/99 2:28 
Washington Post Archives: Article file:///Cj/Judicial Watch/Filegate/Depositions/Morris/PalladinoWPOST! 992.r 
--an issue that gained attention last month after disclosures about Ross Perot's past use detectives investigate business and political rivals. 
According Wright, the use Palladino counterstrike against the tabloids, well against persons associated with the Republican Party who she said she believes are stoking the fires. Palladino trying help "figure out where and why some these charges are being leveled," Wright said. She said that vastly different from "opposition research" operations designed uncover emban-assing information about political opponent. don't think I've used him {Palladino} anything except bimbo eruptions," Wright said. "We're trying self-defense thing opposed finding out about" rival candidates. 
Palladino's office last week referred inquiries Wright. She said that Palladino was originally hired last April thrnugh Jim Lyons, Denver attorney who chairs lawyers committee for Clinton and whose firm performing legal work for the campaign. 
About $28,000 payments Lyons's law firm, the Rothgerber firm, included Clinton's May report the Federal Election Commission, were actually payments for expenses and fees Palladino, Wright said. This month, she said, Palladino was retained directly the campaign but expenses for him will not show until Clinton's FEC filing next month. Wright described the payments Palladino "legal expenses." 
"He has the skills attorney interview witnesses that don't have," she said. recent months, Palladino's activities have helped the Clinton team douse number stories that threatened revive the issue the governor's private life. Shortly before the Democratic convention, for example, the Clinton campaign learned that the New Alliance Party, headed Lenora Fulani, was planning news conference which 53-year-old fonner Miss Arkansas named Sally Perdue would claim she had had brief sexual affair with Clinton the fall 1983. 
Perdue has corroboration for her account, and Clinton denies even having met her. Earlier this month, Palladino and his wife and partner, Sandra Sutherland, began calling former associates and estranged relatives the woman seeking damaging comments about her credibility. 
One estranged relative, who disputed Perdue's story and made disparaging remarks about her character, said that Palladino "asked ifI would willing comment 
{about Perdue} any reporters." The relative agreed, "case-by-case" basis, and 
since then the Clinton campaign has passed out his name well those others journalists making inquiries about Perdue's allegations. 
The approach appears have worked. Although Perdue later told her story the 
nationally syndicated show hosted Sally Jesse Raphael, major news organization 
has reported the account. After looking into her story, the National Enquirer its 
upcoming issue focuses the role the New Alliance Party promoting Perdue. 
"Weird Cult Out Destroy Clinton," reads the Enquirer's front-page headline the 
Washington Post Archives: Article file:///Cj/J udicial Watch/Filegate/Depositions/Morris/Palladino OST 1992. 
National Enquirer editor Dan Schwartz confirmed the six-figure offers cited Wright, 
saying that his newspaper willing pay 11top dollar" for stories about the private life Clinton --or President Bush and Vice President Quayle. "We're interested people's histories --and selling newspapers,11 Schwartz said. 
But stressed that the stories must 11documented.11 the case Perdue, after negotiating buy the rights her story, Schwartz said, the newspaper concluded 11that story largely unprovable." 
Last April, Palladino punctured another story about Clinton being circulated controversial Little Rock private detective Larry Case. Case said recent interview that had been paid more than $500,000 11three separate news organizations" check out issues" relating Clinton's behavior. part his work, Case taped interview with 38-year-old Oklahoma City woman who claimed have had 
extended affair with Clinton the 1980s. 
Shortly after the interview, Palladino flew Oklahoma City and took three-page affidavit from the woman flatly denying the account. The woman said recent interview that she told Palladino she had never met Clinton and that she had been 
"tricked" Case after she had had surgery remove brain tumor. The tmnor had 
caused her suffer from "amnesia" and 11multiple personality disorder," accounting for her willingness agree Case's suggestions that she had had affair with 
Clinton, the woman said. 

Last week, after the woman contacted the Clinton campaign saying she had been told her life was threatened she didn't change her story, the campaign provided private investigator accompany her when she reported the incident the police. 
Wright said the investigations also have uncovered new evidence, including "an affidavit two,11 that will link Flowers Republican Party operatives. But Wright declined share her evidence. 11I'm not prepared say what I'm going with it,11 she said. 
Articles appear they were originally printed The Washington Post and may not include subsequent corrections. of3 8/8/99 2:28