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“And you can be sure that there are a lot of us in Washington who will be working hard to make sure this celebration is commensurate with your husband’s achievements,” he said.

Whose money?

Dennis J. Kucinich doesn’t have much money to hide, and yet he’s hiding the most.

A 2008 presidential campaign finance analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics finds that the Ohio Democrat, “whose campaign doesn’t have that much money to count, has provided zero information about the employment of donors responsible for more than half of his larger contributions.”

All candidates, the center points out, are required to provide information about their donors who give more than $200 — name, address, employer and occupation. Still, as of the end of July, $22.4 million in individual contributions to presidential candidates has no employer or occupation information attached to it.

Republican presidential hopefuls, it turns out, have more thoroughly disclosed their campaign money than Democrats, with a full-disclosure median of 92 percent compared to 87 percent for Democrats, according to the center.

Democratic Gov.Bill Richardson of New Mexico is the most revealing, filling in required blanks for 96 percent of his contributions, followed by Republican Sen.John McCain of Arizona with 95 percent.

“On the low end, Tom Tancredo — the Colorado Republican who decries the anonymity of undocumented immigrants — hasn’t fully documented nearly a quarter of his contributions,” the center scolds.

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