So You Want to be an Ambassador?

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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