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Millions of dollars short of covering the Clinton family's legal bills, officials at President Clinton's defense fund, nonetheless, are feeling a little sheepish about asking for money from one prospective donor: Monica S. Lewinsky's father.

Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, who has contributed to the Democratic Party over the years, recently received a request from the Clinton Legal Expense Trust asking for help in paying off the $10.5 million in legal expenses of Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Lewinsky wrote "Return to sender" on the envelope, scrawling underneath, "You must be morons to send me this letter!" according to a Lewinsky family friend who asked not to be identified.

Anthony Essaye, the fund's executive director, said Wednesday that he couldn't confirm the form letter was sent to Lewinsky, but he assumes it was.

Less than a month ago, Lewinsky's friend said, the Democratic National Committee sent the father of the former White House intern a photograph of Clinton and Mrs. Clinton with a fund-raising plea and the message, "Thank you for your understanding during the last year."

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