Campaign Finance

Being a Governor Can Really Hurt Your Coffers

Republicans are muttering about a securities rule that's putting a crimp in the GEORGE W. BUSH juggernaut. Rule G-37 prevents Bush from accepting much Wall Street money. It limits how much can be contributed by brokers and dealers in the public-bond business to state and local officials who can influence who gets that business, including Governors and mayors. The restriction applies to anyone who does bond business as well as the firm's top executives, plus its PAC.

Bush will be able to take only $250 each from them. Though the undeclared G.O.P. candidate raised a whopping $7.6 million in the first...

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