- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 21, 1999

Cash rolls in

Arizona Sen. John McCain raised $1 million in the past week as his surging campaign for the Republican presidential nomination attracted more than 8,000 contributors, a spokesman said yesterday.
The influx of money pushed Mr. McCain past his fund-raising goal for the year, the Reuters news agency reports.
“Our successful fund-raising week shows that as more and more people get to know John McCain, not only do our national poll numbers rise, but so does our financial support,” said Herb Allison, Mr. McCain’s finance chairman. “Since October 1, we’ve seen a marked increase in unsolicited contributions from across the country and an unprecedented enthusiasm level.”
Mr. McCain is running slightly ahead of Republican front-runner George W. Bush in polls in New Hampshire, which will stage the first primary of the 2000 campaign on Feb. 1. But he trails the Texas governor by a wide margin in most national polls and in the race to raise money.
Mr. Bush has raised about $60 million and has agreed to forgo federal matching funds, which frees his campaign from spending limits. In the past year, Mr. McCain has raised about $20 million, including more than $5 million in federal matching funds.
Mr. McCain’s campaign pulled in more than $1 million between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 from 8,256 contributors, who gave an average of $121.70.

Hutchison’s free pass

“Texas Democrats, whose failure to seriously challenge Gov. George W. Bush last year helped fuel his current White House bid, are essentially conceding Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a second six-year term and, perhaps more importantly, a platform from which she could run for governor in 2002,” Roll Call reports.
“Apparently intimidated by the $6 million-plus war chest Hutchison is expected to report next month, leaders of the state’s once-dominant Democratic Party acknowledge they don’t plan to recruit a strong Senate candidate before the state’s Jan. 3 filing deadline,” reporter John Mercurio said.

McCain hits arrogance’

Sen. John McCain said yesterday that, if elected president, he would overturn President Clinton’s executive order putting more national forest land off limits to logging. He called the order an example of Washington’s arrogance.
The Arizona Republican also said he would “never lose sight of the fundamental principle” that land-management decisions must be made in conjunction with the people who make their homes in the communities that would be affected.
“The idea that Washington knows best and that local residents cannot be trusted to do what’s right in their own back yard is the epitome of federal arrogance,” said Mr. McCain, who outlined an environmental agenda in a speech to about 100 people at the edge of White Mountain National Forest. The forest encompasses 780,000 acres in northern New Hampshire and western Maine, and many area residents work in logging, forestry and the paper and pulp mills in Berlin and neighboring Gorham.
Mr. Clinton’s executive order in October made more of the forest off-limits to logging and started a process that could lead to further acreage restrictions.
In a separate statement, Mr. McCain also criticized the Clinton administration’s decision to extend 36 federal leases for oil drilling off the California coast to give companies more time to work on exploration and development, the Associated Press reports. California has sued to block the action.
Mr. McCain said such a decision should have been made by the residents of California not the White House or the Department of Interior.

No endorsement now

Real estate developer and possible Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump is unlikely to be endorsed by Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the party’s highest-ranking elected official, when the two meet next month.
Mr. Ventura’s campaign manager, Doug Friedline, said the governor would like to have “three, four, five viable options” as presidential candidates for Reform Party voters.
Aside from Mr. Trump, Pat Buchanan, the former Republican who is disliked by Mr. Ventura, is seeking the Reform Party’s presidential nomination.
“You’re not going to see an endorsement by the governor of Mr. Trump out of this,” Mr. Friedline said yesterday.
That’s fine with Mr. Trump, since the main purpose behind his Jan. 7 visit to Minnesota will be to “strategize” with Mr. Ventura, said Trump strategist Roger Stone.
“Clearly, Ventura’s endorsement is important to the Reform Party nominee, but it’s premature to talk about that at this point,” Mr. Stone said.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Ventura last met in New York in October.
In addition to the meeting with Mr. Ventura, Mr. Trump plans to attend a $100-per-person fund-raiser for the governor’s campaign committee and give a luncheon speech at the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Press reports.

Burning up

Top Republicans in New York are said to be furious over Gov. George E. Pataki’s plan to boost cigarette taxes to pay for a health insurance program.
“The Republicans, who were seething with anger over the weekend after details of Pataki’s plan became known, said the governor had violated his longstanding commitment against tax hikes and costly new entitlement’ programs by agreeing Friday to provide subsidized health insurance to up to a million uninsured New Yorkers,” the New York Post’s Fredric U. Dicker writes.
“A key element of the plan is the largest cigarette tax hike ever, creating a highest-in-the-nation levy of $1.11-a-pack.”
One anonymous Republican told the columnist: “This is a Mario Cuomo-type package of higher taxes and a huge new entitlement program, with the costs growing down the road.”

Viva Chafee

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island Republican who was appointed to fill out the term of his late father, is making a pitch for the growing Hispanic vote in the state this fall. He announced the formation of Viva Chafee, a campaign outreach to Hispanics.

Uphill fight

Political analyst Charlie Cook says that in theory, “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for a Senate seat in New York shouldn’t be too difficult.”
After all, Mr. Cook points out in the National Journal, her husband easily won the state in two elections and Democrats outnumber Republicans by 10 percentage points.
But after examining poll results by subgroups, Mr. Cook concludes that Mrs. Clinton “faces a distinctly uphill fight.”

Broaddrick files suit

The Arkansas woman who says she was raped in 1978 by President Clinton, then Arkansas attorney general, sued the White House and the Justice Department yesterday for maintaining a file on her, CNN reported.
Juanita Broaddrick’s story became widely known publicly in February when newspapers printed detailed accounts of her story. NBC News then aired an interview with Mrs. Broaddrick.
The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, according to Mrs. Broaddrick’s attorney, Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch.
Mr. Klayman told CNN the White House broke privacy laws by keeping a file on Mrs. Broaddrick.

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