The Money Chasm

Bush leaps ahead with some startling fund-raising figures. Has the 2000 race already been bought?

Until George W. Bush set out for Iowa and New Hampshire on his first campaign trip in mid-June, his status as the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination was far from secure. Sure, he had the famous name, the long list of endorsements and the credential of being Governor of a large state. And, his advisers thought, he would have plenty of money--perhaps a record $23 million in campaign donations by the end of the first half of the year. But the Bush team knew that many potential supporters were waiting to see whether the candidate would live up to...

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