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Taiwan Quick Take: Hsieh's bills questioned

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday dismissed an allegation that the utility bills for his campaign headquarters had been paid by the chairman of a cultural foundation Hsieh founded. New Party Taipei City Councilor Lee Chin-yuan (李慶元) claimed that Kao Hsi-hsiung (高希雄), chairman of the New Culture Foundation, provided a building to serve as Hsieh's campaign headquarters and paid the utility bills. Lee said he examined Hsieh's property declaration and found that Hsieh had failed to divulge the sponsorship he received from Kao. Lee said that Hsieh had therefore violated the Act on Property Declaration by Public Servants (公職人員財產申報法). He also questioned Hsieh's political relationship with Kao and urged the mayoral candidate to clarify the matter. Insisting he had done nothing illegal, Hsieh urged Lee to provide solid evidence before making accusations.

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