(3168) Wed 30 Aug 95 10:23
By: Scot Bear
Re: Re: DOLE GIVES BACK LOG CABIN
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By RICHARD L. BERKE
c.1995 N.Y. Times News Service
WASHINGTON - Scrambling to enhance relations with
conservatives, Sen. Bob Dole's presidential campaign said
Saturday that it was returning $1,000 from a gay
The campaign said it had accepted the June donation by
mistake, and would never have taken money from an
organization that supports positions Dole opposes, like
allowing homosexuals in the military.
But correspondence produced Saturday by the president of
the group, the Log Cabin Republicans, showed that Dole's
national finance chairman had sought the group's help in
raising money as recently as May.
The returned donation is the latest sign that Dole is
intensifying his year-long drive to court conservative
Republican groups in the aftermath of his humbling tie
with Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas in an Iowa straw poll last
Nelson Warfield, Dole's spokesman, said that the campaign
had accepted the donation from the Log Cabin Republicans,
a nationwide organization with more than 40 chapters, only
because of ``a financial screw up.''
``It's our policy that we won't accept contributions from
groups that have a specific political agenda that's
fundamentally at odds with Senator Dole's record and his
views,'' he said.
But Richard L. Tafel, the president of Log Cabin, said he
had dealings with several senior Dole campaign officials
who had solicited his organization. He also said he
prominently wore a Log Cabin lapel button as he discussed
AIDS budget allocations with Dole at one of the senator's
Tafel made available a letter he received from John A.
Moran, the Dole finance director. ``Per our discussion,''
Moran wrote, ``I am attaching a list of upcoming Dole for
president fund-raising events. Senator Dole and I would
appreciate any assistance you could give us in turning out
your members at each event. I am looking forward to
working with you.'' The letter, dated May 24, closed,
``With all good wishes. Cordially, John.''
Asked about the letter, and other conversations between
Log Cabin and the campaign, Warfield said, ``That
communication was not authorized.'' He said Moran had
since been told by Scott Reed, the campaign manager, to
``exercise more caution'' in his fund-raising appeals.
And Warfield suggested that Log Cabin made the
contribution for publicity, saying, ``They're struggling
Warfield said that the campaign had returned donations
that violated campaign finance laws, but that the Log
Cabin contribution was the first one returned for
For months, Dole has sought to demonstrate that he is as
conservative as Gramm and his other competitors for the
nomination. But as Senate majority leader, Dole often has
to cajole and compromise to get legislation passed, which
makes it tough for him to take ideologically pure stands.
As Dole put it earlier this month in an interview, ``I'm
not one of those `in your face, it's got to be my way or
no way' kind of conservatives.''
Last week, Gramm continued to make the most of his tie in
the straw poll, which Dole, from neighboring Kansas, had
been widely expected to win. He called Dole a ``proud,
effective moderate.'' Patrick Buchanan, a commentator
who is popular with conservatives, placed a respectable
third in the poll.
Dole has also seen his front-runner's standing erode in
some recent polls, including one released Saturday by Time
Magazine and CNN that shows that among the Republican
field of candidates, Dole has declined to 35 percent, a
slip from 42 percent in July. But most of the lost support
is not going to his opponents but to the undecided column.
``Dole's getting messages from the straw poll that he's
not right wing enough, then he gets word that he might be
the first presidential candidate to accept money from a
gay organization,'' Tafel said in a telephone interview
from Cincinnati, where his group is holding its annual
``So they panicked and said, `We don't know who they are
and we're going to give the check back.' ''
He added, ``The issue really is integrity. What will a
person do to become president?''
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