Dole still leads cash race

August 30, 2002 

Republican Elizabeth Dole, by far the most prolific fund-raiser among the 2002 U.S. Senate hopefuls, brought in nearly another $1.5 million in the seven weeks after July 1, according to aides.

The take brought Dole's total for the election cycle to about $9.7 million.

That was among the more noteworthy pieces of fund-raising news that trickled out Thursday, the deadline for can- didates from North Carolina to file pre-primary reports with the secretary of the Senate.

A fuller picture of fund raising should emerge today as reports become public.

The Dole camp, for example, declined Thursday to disclose how much cash the campaign had on hand as of Aug. 21, the end of the latest reporting period. While Dole has raised far more than the rest of the field, she has also been its biggest spender.

Meanwhile, aides to Erskine Bowles, the top fund-raiser among Democrats, refused to disclose any new numbers. As of June 30, Bowles, a Charlotte investment banker and former White House chief of staff, had raised $4.2 million.

His Democratic rivals have lagged far behind in the money chase and showed no signs Thursday of catching up.

State Rep. Dan Blue reported raising $77,214 during the seven weeks after July 1, bringing his take for the election cycle to $562,785. Blue also lent his campaign $10,000.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall reported taking in $73,931 during the seven-week period.

Marshall lent her campaign another $84,000, bringing her total loans for the cycle to $140,000. All told, Marshall has now raised $628,980 from others during her Senate bid.

Tim McKay, Marshall's campaign manager, said Marshall has worked hard to raise the money she has. "The people who support Elaine don't have deep pockets," he said. "They're ordinary people."

Marshall gets backing

The Durham People's Alliance has endorsed Elaine Marshall in her bid to win the Democratic Senate nomination. "Marshall has deep North Carolina roots and she opposes tax cuts for the wealthy," said a statement by the citizens organization, which is concerned with social and economic justice. "She has shown energy and leadership in the Secretary of State's office."

Snyder gets TV time

Republican Senate candidate Jim Snyder will be in New York on Sunday night to be a guest on Fox Wire "Live," a national talk show hosted by Rita Cosby. He is in Washington today to meet with Rafi Brock, the deputy ambassador of Israel. Snyder is a supporter of Israel and has been complimentary of "its bold efforts to eradicate terrorism."

Dole for Harley vote

Elizabeth Dole made a dramatic entrance Thursday to a student rally at Duke University, riding in on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Returning to her alma mater, Dole kicked off her Students for Dole rally with a surprise appearance on a hog. It was a reprise of her motorcycle ride on the Jay Leno show in 1996, when her husband, Bob, was the Republican nominee for president.

"We'll need a lot of help from you over the next couple of months -- and you can start by voting in the upcoming primary election," Dole told the students at Page Auditorium.

By Washington correspondent John Wagner and staff writer Rob Christensen. Wagner can be reached at (202) 662-4380 or jwagner@mcclatchydc.com.

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