Earth to Reform Party

A schismatic convention leads to one big question: What happens to the federal campaign funds?

It was easy when the Bush-Cheney team did it. On Aug. 4, lawyers from the G.O.P. ticket walked into the Washington offices of the Federal Election Commission and filed their papers certifying that George W. Bush was indeed the party's nominee. In a couple of hours, $67.5 million in federal funds was wired to the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Life isn't so simple, of course, for the Reform Party. The independent movement forged by Ross Perot, which garnered nearly a fifth of the vote in 1992, is in chaos. At its convention last week in Long Beach, Calif., there were shoving matches and...

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