The Nation: Who's Who Among the Big Givers

TRYING to track who gives what to whom is like determining the number of real blondes in the U.S. If the Republicans have their way, for example, nobody will ever know where the more than $10 million came from that Maurice Stans collected before the disclosure law took effect on April 7. Nearly every big giver of both parties routinely shards his gifts into $3,000-and-under bits and scatters them among dozens of committees. Against all odds, the nonprofit Citizens' Research Foundation, headed by Herbert E. Alexander, a political scientist, attempts an accounting each...

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