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Gingrich Campaign Funds Dwindle

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Ambassador Harriman Suffers Stroke

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Gingrich Campaign Funds Dwindle

Gingrich

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 4) -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich's mounting legal bills, resulting from a House ethics investigation into his activities, has nearly emptied his campaign coffers. Gingrich raised a record $6.2 million for last year's campaign, but only $894,499 was left following the election, according to his campaign financial reports. During 1996, his legal tab reached $1 million, with some bills still outstanding. As a formidable fund-raiser, Gingrich can likely replenish his campaign war chest with ease, though how he will pay the $300,000 ethics penalty remains undecided. Though many in Congress have urged Gingrich to pay the fine out of his personal funds, he has not ruled out using campaign money.

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Money Flowing Into GOP

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 4) -- While its Democratic counterpart was embroiled in fund-raising controversies, the Republican National Committee quietly raked in $6 million last December, double the amount raised by the Democratic National Committee. That figure marks two straight years the RNC has bested the DNC in raising money. The December funds are all the more noteworthy because the period following an election is typically slow. More than half, or $3.1 million, came from individual donors giving less than $20,000, the committee's report to the Federal Election Commission released Monday shows. RNC spokeswoman Mary Crawford expects January to be even more lucrative. "Typically, the first few months after a presidential election are going to be the quietest in terms of fund-raising, but we've been really encouraged," Crawford said. "Our small donor base is really active." A total of $2.8 million came from corporations, unions or wealthy donors as so-called "soft money," funds that are not subject to the same limits imposed on donations to federal candidates or office-holders.

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Lawyer Groups Calls For Death Penalty Ban

American Bar Association

SAN ANTONIO (AllPolitics, Feb. 4) -- The American Bar Association is calling on national and state lawmakers to place a moratorium on the death penalty because current "efforts to forge a fair capital punishment jurisprudence have failed." The ABA's policy-making House of Delegates voted Monday 280-119 in favor of the capital punishment ban, despite opposition from the Clinton Administration and ABA President Lee Cooper, an attorney from Alabama. New York lawyer Ron Tabak, who helped draft the resolution, told reporters, "It's an historic vote. This tells the nation that the death penalty, as it is now administered, is systemically unfair."

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Ambassador Harriman Suffers Stroke

PARIS (CNN, Feb. 4) -- U.S. Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman remained in serious condition today after suffering an apparent stroke. U.S. Embassy spokesman Christopher Snow told CNN that Harriman's condition remained unchanged at the American Hospital. Harriman, 76, suffered a seizure while swimming at the Ritz Hotel Monday night. Snow said her family members were at the hospital. In Washington, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said, "The president and first lady were very concerned to hear about Ambassador Harriman's condition. They have asked to be kept updated and she is in their thoughts and prayers." Snow said the initial diagnosis is that Harriman, who does not have a history of health problems, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Harriman has held her current post since 1993.

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Pataki Looking For New No. 2

Pataki

ALBANY, N.Y. (AllPolitics, Jan. 4) -- New York's Gov. George Pataki (R) is gearing up his 1998 re-election efforts but his Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross is not expected to be re-invited to the party. Pataki is currently reviewing a pool of five possible running mates, according to the New York Post. The report puts state Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro at the head of the list. Castro hails from Long Island, an important base for the Republican governor. Also under consideration are U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.), state Sen. Mary Lou Rath, state Rep. Amory Houghton and state Rep. Sherwood Boehlert. McCaughey Ross said in a written statement today, "The governor has not spoken to me about his future plans. It would be unfair for me to comment on unsubstantiated rumors about his intentions. I recommend that you ask the governor." The Pataki camp has issued no comment.

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