8/3/04 10:00 AM EST
Democratic Finance Committee Officials Push For Law Firm Donations
As the Democratic National Convention wrapped up last week, the party finance committee began urging top donors and especially law firms to contribute the maximum to the Democratic National Committee. Delegates given the DNC's pitch said that finance committee lawyers have judged that individuals can give as much as $57,500 total to several state Democratic parties, and the money would be used to fund campaign activities and TV ads on behalf of Sen. John Kerry. The DNC suggested $10,000 maximum donations to the parties in key battleground states, especially Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. What's more, the DNC believes that partners in firms can even distribute another $100,000 of their own money to other firm members to contribute to the party operations. One official said, "If the party says to put your money in those or any other states, it's rock solid that the money is going to Kerry." Republican officials, meanwhile, suggested to the US News Bulletin that the DNC is stretching the rules of campaign financing. The money would cover the period between now and the end of the Republican Convention, a period when Kerry plans to go dark on TV as he saves money for end-of-campaign TV advertising.