So You Want to be an Ambassador?

| June 23, 2003

Ronald Weiser raised a reported $588,309 for Bush?s 2000 election bid. That amount garnered him the title ?Pioneer? of the Bush-Cheney campaign, a recognition of those who raised more than $100,000 for Bush?s election efforts. Another title soon followed: U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. A small price to pay for such a prestigious position? Any of the other 19 ?Pioneers? who received ambassadorships after donating to Bush?s campaign could probably offer just as much insight into that question. These statistics represent just a few of the choice tidbits awaiting discovery in the June 2 edition of the Corruption Perception Index, a regular web feature published by the Public Campaign, a Missouri-based campaign finance watchdog group. The Index aims to educate readers about ?how private money in politics hurts average citizens.? It is not, however, simply a partisan attempt to discredit Republican fundraising practices. Democrats also have a statistic reported. How much did lunch with President Clinton cost during his 1995-96 campaign? Go see for yourself. Republicans do not own the patent on corruption.
?Amelia Bauerly

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