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New Hampshire: Battle of the Big Bucks

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, some analysts argue that money has largely determined the front runners.

GEORGE W. BUSH
Raised in this race: $57,120,597. Top career patrons: Enron Corporation (natural gas), $555,275; Sanchez family (banking, oil and gas), $322,400; Vinson & Elkins (law firm), $316,950; Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (a leverage buyout firm; its founder bought the Texas Rangers from Bush and his partners in 1998), $305,150; Bass family (financed Harken Energy’s drilling in Bahrain in 1990 when Bush was a Harken director), $273,927; The Sterling Group (merchant bank), $259,000; MBNA Corporation, $244,416; Pilgrim’s Pride (poultry), $230,750; Farmers Insurance, $228,250; Wyly family (investments, software), $222,773.

AL GORE
Raised: $24,090,960. Career patrons: Ernst & Young International, $134,375; BellSouth, $106,250; Citigroup (with deregulation of banking, recently merged with Travelers, creating the largest financial services company in the world), $101,750; Goldman Sachs, $101,750; D.E. Shaw & Company/Shaw and Kobliner families (global securities and investment; D.E. Shaw has been an advisor to Gore on educational technology), $98,000; Viacom (buying CBS), $95,800; Mattel/The Learning Company (software), $77,000; Eskind family, Nashville, Tenn., $74,500; Walt Disney (ABC), $73,000; Olan Mills family (portrait studios), $67,950.

STEVE FORBES
Raised: $20,789,410. Top career patrons are him and employees, $53,712,787.

BILL BRADLEY
Raised: $18,993,035. Career patrons: Citigroup, $454,065; Merrill Lynch, $169,500; Goldman Sachs, $148,800; Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, $129,675; Time Warner, $112,770; Prudential Insurance, $102,601; Printon, Kane & Company (bonds), $97,915; Walt Disney (ABC) , $95,415; The Equitable (insurance), $94,110; Lehman Brothers Holdings, $91,250.

JOHN McCAIN
Raised: $9,294,824. Career patrons: US West, $110,270; Hensley & Company, (Arizona’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products; McCain’s wife is the daughter of the founder; McCain had a public relations job with Hensley & Co. when he first ran for Congress in 1982), $82,300; AT&T, $75,250; BellSouth, $65,750; Boeing, $61,900; Viacom, $61,750; SBC Communications, $61,250; Bank of America, $57,468; Del Webb Corporation (formerly casinos, now planned retirement communities), $56,535; Goldman Sachs, $52,105.

The following analysts are available for comment:

PETER EISNER
Eisner is managing director of the Center for Public Integrity. Its “The Buying of the President 2000” is the source for career patrons data.
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SHEILA KRUMHOLZ
Research director of the Center for Responsive Politics, source for money raised in this race.

BEATRICE NEWBURY
Research director for Money Watch 2000, a project of New Hampshire Citizens Alliance.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167