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In a report on the John Hancock investigation in 1986, the agency described a meeting where White was said to have taken a piece of paper from his pocket and handed it to company representatives. He had written “$4.0,” to indicate that $4 million was the acceptable donation, the report stated.
In 1983, Hancock gave $4.5 million to BU, the largest contribution it had ever made to a university. A representative told the FBI the money was not a contribution, but “an expense.”
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