- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Targeting 2 'moderates'
Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, tells New Yorker writer Nicholas Lemann that in 2002 his group plans to finance conservative primary opponents for two as-yet-unnamed House Republican "moderates."
Last year, the Club for Growth supported a conservative challenge to Rep. Marge Roukema, New Jersey Republican, although Mrs. Roukema managed to hang on to her seat.
"The enemy isn't so much Dick Gephardt as it is Mike Castle," Mr. Moore said, referring respectively to the House Democratic leader and the Delaware congressman who is a leading Republican "moderate."
This spring, Mr. Moore sent out letters to all the Republican moderates in the House, warning them that the Club for Growth would find primary opponents for anyone who voted against President Bush's tax cut, Mr. Moore told the writer.
"After telling me this, [Mr. Moore] held up his thumb and index finger to form a circle. 'Zero. Nobody voted against us. We sent the letter to 30 people. None of them wanted to suffer the same near-death experience as Marge Roukema. We did the same thing in the Senate, but it didn't work as well, because we hadn't been involved in races and they weren't afraid of us. We ran ads attacking the senators who voted against the tax cut in their states. Not too long after that, Jeffords defected. That was a bad thing. If I'd known that might happen, I wouldn't have run the ad in Vermont.'"

Returning to his roots
Bill Clinton will have a chance to hobnob with his Hollywood pals when the former president returns to Los Angeles next month to receive an award from the American Oceans Campaign.
AOC Founding President Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen will present the award to Mr. Clinton at the group's 2001 Partners Award Dinner on Oct. 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel. The organization, which promotes what it calls "ocean-friendly fishing" and clean beach water, says it is honoring Mr. Clinton for his efforts to protect oceans and coasts during his presidency.
Bill Maher of ABC's "Politically Incorrect" will emcee the festivities.
The dinner will be chaired by CBS chief Leslie Moonves and his wife, Nancy, and CNN honcho Ted Turner.
"The menu will feature fresh ocean-friendly seafood and organic produce prepared by a team of nationally acclaimed chefs," the group said at its Web site (americanoceans.org).

Far to the left
Today's AFL-CIO "has aligned itself not only with the Democratic Party but with movements far to the left of most Democrats," Wall Street Journal columnist George Melloan writes.
"It has engaged in the anti-globalization demonstrations side-by-side with socialists, Naderites, anarchists and environmental radicals. It has persuaded the Clinton administration to introduce labor and environmental standards into international trade negotiations, which had the effect of bogging down chances for further trade liberalization. Its trade protectionism certainly doesn't serve the interests of American workers as a whole, for the simple reason that protectionism costs jobs. It may not even serve the best interests of unions," Mr. Melloan said.
"[AFL-CIO chief John] Sweeney's all-out political efforts almost elected Al Gore president and helped the Democrats win enough seats that a single Republican defection gave them Senate control. But they also have created an Achilles heel. Linda Chavez, whose candidacy for labor secretary was defeated by the Democrats, is now heading a campaign called 'Stop Union Political Abuse,' a grass-roots effort to stop the use of union dues for political purposes without the consent of the dues-payers."

Cash and carry
The Democratic and Republican national party committees raised almost $99 million in so-called soft money during the first six months of the 2001-2002 election cycle, according to a Common Cause analysis released yesterday.
Under federal law, contributors can give a maximum of $2,000 per year to individual campaigns — that's known as hard money — or can give political parties unlimited funds, which is known as soft money.
The latest total is almost three times the $34.3 million raised in the first six months of the 1997-1998 cycle, the last non-presidential election cycle, and nearly twice the $54.5 million raised during the first six months of the 1999-2000 election cycle, the group said.
Republican Party committees shattered records by raising $65.6 million in soft money during the first half of 2001, almost double the amount the Democratic national party committees raised during the same period and more than twice the amount Republicans raised during the first six months of the 1999-2000 election cycle.
The Democratic national party committees also broke party records for the first six months of an election cycle by raising $33.3 million in soft money from January through June 2001, surpassing the $23.8 million raised during the first six months of the previous election cycle by $9.4 million.

Bashing America
The United States and Israel acted on principle by walking away from the bigots who seem in control of this week's U.N. conference on racism, New York Post columnist Michael Meyers writes.
"Left behind are Jesse Jackson and other radicals, who love to bash America and negotiate with anti-American, anti-Semitic zealots. They do so routinely by playing the same old tune, that the United States is indeed guilty of racism. …" Mr. Meyers said.
"This is the kind of claptrap on which racial militants in our nation and radicals abroad thrive. Questioning the motives of the United States and Israel are part of their game, as with Jesse Jackson's remark on the U.S. withdrawal: 'The American delegation never walked in,' he said, to the delight of the militants — including Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, who also had criticized Secretary of State Colin L. Powell for absenting himself from the confab.
"To his credit, Powell, the highest-ranking black ever in U.S. government, refused to give any legitimacy to a conference he knew would be distracted into anti-Semitic rants and attacks on America."

Maddox 'losing battle'
Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, one of the Old South's last segregationist governors, said yesterday he is "fighting a losing battle" with prostate cancer.
Mr. Maddox, 85, was diagnosed with cancer in 1983. He had surgery in March 1997 for intestinal blockage and has survived two heart attacks and a stroke.
"I'm having trouble just living," Mr. Maddox told the Associated Press.
He said his declining health compelled him to speak out against a proposed Georgia bill that would revive straight-party voting, an option that was eliminated in 1994, allowing voters to cast a single vote for all Democrat or Republican candidates other than president.
Mr. Maddox sent a letter yesterday to Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and House Speaker Tom Murphy saying the plan is "driven by greed and lust for power" because its main aim is to help the Democratic Party, which has held the governor's office and both houses of the legislature since Reconstruction.
"It's saying, 'We want to go back to the old style and take care of ourselves,'" he said.

Redistricting casualty
Rep. Steve Horn, a Republican who has represented southern Los Angeles County in Congress for the past eight years, yesterday announced he will retire when his term is up in 2002.
Mr. Horn, 70, in his fifth term, said that redistricting had created major changes in the 38th District and that he wanted to remove any doubt about his plans.
The congressman was previously president of California State University, Long Beach, for 18 years.


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