Doyenne Of The Dollars

She's got connections, and she throws great parties. Can Beth Dozoretz bring Democrats the dough?

It's a snarky, vicious, glory-thieving place, the world of big-bucks political fund raising. Ostensible grownups can be reduced to screaming toddlers over who gets the credit for bringing in a major donor's gift--and thus gets the inside track for a better seat at the next big soiree. Bring into this piranha tank an attractive, ambitious, wealthy woman who made an almost instant connection with the President and his wife, and the knives start flashing.

Some in her own party call Beth Dozoretz, the Democrats' chief fund raiser, an arriviste, "wily and calculating," in the words of a colleague. There's the...

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