Time to Pass the Plate

In a crowded presidential field, Al Gore and other Democratic hopefuls are courting the money men

If Al Gore needs any more evidence that he's no longer Prince Albert of the Democrats, he'll get it this weekend. The 2004 presidential shopping season is under way--with the rich Democrats who write big campaign checks browsing for a candidate to support--and Gore may be a too familiar face in a crowded field. In 2000 he had the party's nomination and its fat-cat donors all to himself--but blew the race. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday the big-money players will be wooed at two competing events: Gore's "donor retreat" at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., and North Carolina Senator John...

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