Skip to comments.THE KERRY CAMPAIGN RELEASE UPDATED TOP FUNDRAISERS!(BEN BARNES THE BIGGEST FUNDRAISER!)
Posted on 09/08/2004 7:31:48 AM PDT by areafiftyone
The top Kerry donor in 2004 is JohnKerry.com, which has raised over $20 million online since January 1, 2004.
Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry today released an updated list of supporters who raised over $50,000 for his presidential campaign. The list has been posted for the public on his web site at www.johnkerry.com.
"John Kerry continues the leadership of transparency, with this updated list of fundraisers," said Louis B. Susman, National Finance Chairman of the Kerry Campaign. "We have had incredible success at the ballot box in the primary season, and we are now having incredible success in fundraising as the Democratic Party unites behind John Kerry."
The Kerry campaign has over 180 Americans who have raised over $50,000 during the presidential primary campaign. Supporters are listed below.
VICE CHAIRS 100,000 and up
Judy Droz Keyes
Kathleen Flynn Peterson
Lou and Margorie Susman
Co-Chairs 50,000 - 100,000
State Treasurer Phil Angelides
Gov. Jim Blanchard
Lt Gov. Diane Denish
Mayor Francis Slay
Jennifer Ryan Safsel
Hon. Lynn Schenk
Hon. Ed Wallin
Bush faces pressure over drugs and draft
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
08 September 2004
After weeks in which John Kerry's military record has been picked to pieces, President George Bush now faces a double blast of scrutiny over his own past, raising new questions over his avoidance of the Vietnam draft and his alleged use of drugs.
The first salvo is due to be fired on CBS tonight, when Ben Barnes, a Democrat and the lieutenant governor of Texas in 1968, will explain his role in securing for the 22-year-old Yale graduate Bush a coveted place in the state's Air National Guard - a unit so full of the sons of Texas's rich and powerful that it was known as the "Champagne Unit".
The saga of the future President's failure to go to Vietnam has inevitably returned to the headlines here as counterpoint to the controversy over his opponent's war record, amid accusations by a group of veterans that Mr Kerry has lied over his service in Vietnam, for which he received five decorations.
In recent months Mr Barnes has said he feels "very ashamed" about helping Mr Bush and the sons of other prominent Texans, and is said to have told friends that he did it to "collect chits" from powerful families. In the interview he is expected to expand on these comments.
In a predictably scathing reaction, the Bush campaign - long prepared for a counterattack on the Vietnam issue after the furore over the ads about Mr Kerry - has dismissed Mr Barnes as a "partisan Democrat", peddling a rehash of old allegations against the President. Last week George Bush Snr, the former president, described charges that he pulled strings for his son as "total lies". Mr Barnes himself has acknowledged he received no direct approach from the Bush family to have George W admitted in the Texas National Guard - a virtual guarantee that he would not be sent to Vietnam.
More trouble may be heading Mr Bush's way with the publication next week of The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by the controversial muckraking biographer Kitty Kelley, which purports to give more details of the President's past misbehaviour, including the allegation he used cocaine at Camp David during his father's Presidency between 1989 and 1993.
Rumours of youthful drug taking by Mr Bush have often surfaced. Though he has admitted to being an alcoholic until he gave up drinking completely in 1986, he has sidestepped the cocaine stories. Questioned on the issue during the 2000 campaign, he acknowledged merely that he had made "some mistakes" and that he had learned from those mistakes.
The latest book by Ms Kelley, said to be the fruit of four years' research, follows previous unflattering studies of Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra and the British Royal family.
Using the same tactic as against Mr Barnes, the White House commented that The Family appeared to be filled "with the same trash discredited years ago".
The most sensational allegation in the book is that the Presidential son used cocaine at Camp David. The source is reportedly Sharon Bush, his former sister-in-law, who was involved in a messy divorce in 2003 from the President's younger brother Neil after 22 years of marriage.
Ms Kelley says that the Bush family used their power and wealth to cover up scandals.
She alleges that George W Bush began to drink at high school, and continued to do so at Yale.
She quotes one former student as saying, "Poor Georgie, he couldn't relate to women unless he was loaded."
Perhaps the book's most improbable claim is that Laura Bush, now the model of primness and propriety as First Lady, both sold and smoked marijuana during her days at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Who are these people?
I don't know who all of them are but Ben Barnes is going to be on 60 minutes tonight blasting Bush!
Future ambassadors if Kerry makes it in.
Is that Bob Dylan at the end of the list?
You know what is funny? On Kerry's homepage it says "New Direction" yet underneath it only says "Bush is wrong", "Kerry criticizes Bush" or "Bush's wrong choices". My question is where is the "New Direction". No plans no initiatives. Arm Chair quarterbacking at it's finest
OMG..........are these people serious?
If this is all the Kerry camp has, they are in DEEEEEEP doo-doo.
Jeremy Alters is a lawyer and Fernando Amandi is a retired Citigroup executive who was a Republican backer for a long time and changed his allegiance to the DARK SIDE!
What, a college student drank? Shocked I say!
One traitor helping another. John Fraud Kerry sold us out to the Vietnamese. Bernie sold us out to the Chinese.
FYI, John Coale is Mr. Greta Van Susteren. Bigtime Washington trial lawyer.
John Dean is on the list.......is that the John Dean from Watergate fame?
Where are all the Hollywood names? Didn't see Whoopsi or Babs on the list. Who or what is the Cam Kerry on the first list.
And I'm sure Dan Rather will bring up Uncle Ben's status as a huge donor .... NOT!
I don't know one person who didn't begin to drink in high school and continue into college.
Cameron Kerry is John F'n's brother, I believe.
Alleging Laura Bush is/was a dope Peddler?