RICH MAN'S GAME

FORBES SHOWS THE POWER OF MONEY IN POLITICS. SHOULD WE CHANGE THE RULES?

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN there a few weeks ago when Steve Forbes held one of his campaign bashes at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Joan Rivers emceed. The $1,000-a-plate tables were flush with interested parties like Alan ("Ace") Greenberg, head of the prominent investment firm Bear Stearns, and Leonard Lauder of the Estee Lauder cosmetics family. More than 1,400 people attended, which meant about $1.2 million for the campaign treasury. It was a big night for Forbes, his most successful fund raiser yet.

His most successful what? To avoid becoming obligated to special interests, wasn't Forbes supposed to be financing his...

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