Up Front: CAPITAL CLOUT
WILL AL SEND A PROTEGE TO THE SEC?
THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE may make a peace overture toward nemesis Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) by naming a top D'Amato aide to the Securities & Exchange Commission. As D'Amato's Whitewater hearings wind down, the Clintonites are looking seriously at nominating a counsel from the Senate Banking Committee, which D'Amato chairs.
Urged by D'Am-ato and SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, the White House is vetting Laura Unger, 34, a former SEC enforcement attorney who has been with D'Amato for more than four years. She helped prepare last year's Whitewater hearings but hasn't been involved in the current round. "I'd be very interested in the SEC job," Unger says, adding the White House hasn't contacted her. D'Amato couldn't be reached for comment.
There are three openings at the SEC. The White House on Aug. 8 nominated Democrat Isaac Hunt, 57, the University of Akron Law School dean, and Republican Norman Johnson, 64, a Utah lawyer, for two of the spots.EDITED BY LARRY LIGHT, WITH OLUWABUNMI SHABI Michael Schroeder