- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

Curry-ency calling
Republican fund raising from India?
Rediff (Rediff.com) business reporter Bipin Chandran writes from New Delhi that the Republican Party has a band of young and enthusiastic fund-raisers toiling by telephone in the Indian communities of Noida and Gurgaon.
A team of 75 is now at work and "could be ramped up depending on the success of the campaign. These operators are required to call up people in the U.S. seeking their support for President George W. Bush and a donation for the Republican cause," says the story.
"This is the first time such a project has been handed out to a company outside the United States," according to Mr. Chandran, identifying HCL eServe a business arm of Shiv Nadar's HCL Technologies as having "bagged a project to undertake a fund-raising campaign for the U.S. Republican Party over the telephone."
The Republican Party contract reportedly came on the heels of a successful anti-abortion campaign the foreign company orchestrated for an unidentified U.S. politician. Asked to comment, the Indian company said it was against its privacy policy to identify clients.
However, Kevin Sheridan, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, tells Inside the Beltway that the national party has in no way, shape or form enlisted the Indian company to conduct fund raising in the name of Mr. Bush or any other nationally elected Republican in Washington.
"Who are these Republicans?" he asks. "They are saying they are fund raising for Republicans, but we (the RNC) don't know who these Republicans are. It's certainly not the Republican National Committee. And I will add that we don't appreciate the inference."

Go figure?
Word that former President Bill Clinton will help the Rolling Stones raise awareness about global warming when they perform a free concert tonight in Los Angeles has some folks in Washington shaking their heads.
"Bill Clinton's lip-biting appearance at the gig to decry President Bush's global-warming policies is certainly odd," says Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
"You see, the Clinton-Gore and Bush policies not rhetoric, but actual actions and policies on Kyoto and global warming are indistinguishable. Strange, but true. The man [Mr. Clinton] who signed Kyoto refused to send it to the Senate for ratification for the over three years remaining in his presidency.
"Bush won't send it for a vote, either," adds Mr. Horner. "Clinton talked a big game about making the treaty fully binding reality, but chose not to. Bush has talked a big game about withdrawing, yet, oddly, still has not.
"The only difference seems to be one gets lauded for having done something that in reality he refused to do, while the other is pilloried for having done something that in reality he refuses to do."

Everybody's grandfather
"We like Democrats, as long as they're conservative," legendary entertainer and United Seniors Association Honorary Chairman Art Linkletter said to Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who couldn't stay away from the just-concluded 30th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Mr. McAuliffe, who had criticized United Seniors Associations' 21-state "Health Freedom" ad campaign last fall, sought out Mr. Linkletter to tell him, "I need you to do ads for us."
Surprised to see the DNC chairman enter the conservative lion's den, USA Chairman Charles W. Jarvis thanked Mr. McAuliffe for actually helping the seniors group raise money last fall after he'd attacked the ad that championed market solutions.
The ad featured America's grandfather Mr. Linkletter.

Liberal interest
Phil Kent, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, who after successfully pursuing law-license sanctions in Arkansas against former President Clinton went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to have him disbarred, is putting the finishing touches on a book titled "The Dark Side of Liberalism."
Due out in May, the Harbor House yarn will be an issue-by-issue "from the front lines" account of winning the war against liberalism in the courts of law and public opinion, Mr. Kent tells this column.
And the author says the book isn't totally loaded with liberals.
"One of my chapters has a never-before-disclosed interview with then-presidential candidate George W. Bush on bilingualism," he says. "Interesting stuff."
One distributor, the National Book Network, says it's already "pre-sold" more than 40,000 copies of the book, so the publisher has upped the first run to 70,000.

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