WASHINGTON (AP) – Three states that President Bush lost in 2000
– California, Illinois and Michigan – were among his biggest
sources of campaign money in the last fund-raising quarter, a newly
filed finance report shows.

Bush’s home state of Texas led in contributions where donor
states were identified, providing about $5.3 million to their
former governor, who has collected roughly $84 million so far this
year.

Florida, where Bush’s brother Jeb is governor, followed with
about $4.4 million. Next were California with $4.1 million,
Illinois with about $3.4 million and Michigan, $2 million, a report
filed with federal election officials shows.

Business was the most common profession listed by donors, who
represented industries ranging from beer wholesalers to banking and
finance to oil and gas, real estate and ranching.

A new network of volunteer fund-raisers is paying off big for
Bush, collecting at least $20 million of the roughly $84
million.

At least 100 people have raised the $200,000 required to become
Bush campaign “Rangers” since Bush started the group in May, when
he began his re-election effort. They include business executives,
politicians and lobbyists.

An additional 185 volunteer fund-raisers have already collected
the $100,000 needed to become Bush “Pioneers,” collectively
soliciting at least $18.5 million for the campaign. A similar group
helped Bush raise a record $100 million for his 2000 primary
campaign.

Bush began this month with $70 million on hand, far more than
any of his Democratic rivals.

New Bush fund-raisers on a list released by the campaign Tuesday
include:

n Bruce Benson, a Ranger and president of the Benson Mineral
Group, an oil and gas production company based in Denver.

n Ranger Steve Burd, president of the California-based Safeway
grocery store chain, which operates hundreds of supermarkets across
the country.

n Richard Hohlt, a Ranger and Washington lobbyist whose clients
have included energy, pharmaceutical and financial services
companies.

n Jose “Pepe” Fanjul, a Pioneer whose family runs the
Florida-based Flo-Sun sugar dynasty and has donated to Republicans
and Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton. His brother
Alfonso’s name surfaced during Congress’ investigation of Clinton’s
affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky: Clinton was in the
Oval Office with Lewinsky, telling her he wanted to end their
affair, when he interrupted the conversation to take a phone call
from Alfonso Fanjul.

n House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and New York Gov. George
Pataki, who each raised at least $200,000 for Bush.

n New Ranger James Klauser, an executive with the Wisconsin
Energy Corp., who served as administration secretary to
then-Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, now U.S. health and human
services secretary.

n Pioneer Dirk Van Dongen, a lobbyist and president of the
National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors. The group
currently is pushing Congress to pass legislation limiting product
liability for wholesalers and distributors.

Bush already is halfway to his goal of raising $150 million to
$170 million for next year’s primaries. He faces no GOP challenger
as nine Democrats compete for their party’s nomination.

The campaign raised about $49.5 million from July through Sept.
30, bringing his total to $83.9 million.

 

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