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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
GOP contributors double down on Ralph. In presidential campaign finance blackjack, GOP donors get to double their bets. Looks like Nader won some of Ben Stein's money, as well as some of the Chun King fortune (
Dallas Morning News):
"Did I give $1,000 to Ralph Nader because I hope and believe he will be president? No," said California business executive Charles Ashman. "I don't believe that any more than Ralph Nader does. But I was offended to see this campaign to squelch him from being a candidate."

Mr. Ashman said he remains a staunch Republican. He contributed $2,000 to the Bush campaign, the maximum allowed for the general election, according to records.

"I proudly made a contribution to the re-election of President Bush because I support him 100 percent," he said. "I hope and believe he will be re-elected."


More than 24 Nader contributors of $250 or more – about 10 percent jenoof his total – are otherwise reliable GOP donors, The News review found.

Mr. [Jeno] Paulucci, the creator of Chun King and Jeno's Pizza Rolls, donated $2,000 in February to Mr. Nader.

The Florida frozen-food executive is a prolific contributor to the GOP, giving more than $150,000 to the Republican Party and national candidates since 2000.


As for Ben Stein's money, the television personality and outspoken advocate for the Republican Party has contributed $500 to Nader and $1,000 to Mr. Bush this year. Records indicate that over the last decade, Mr. Stein has given exclusively to the GOP.
Was there a parallel movement among Democrats to double-dip contributions to Perot in 1992? I don't remember.

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