Glenn Simpson

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Senator Dole's Greatest Harvest

How long-cultivated interests help advance the Majority Leader's political fortunes -- and circumvent campaign finance limits.

Editor's note: At press time, Senator Dole announced that the Better America Foundation, a focus of this article, was disbanding. In the weeks leading up to the announcement, the American Prospect had confronted the Dole campaign with questions about the foundation's involvement with Dole's Senate and presidential campaigns, while the Associated Press reported that the foundation was conducting activities useful to a presidential bid. This is the second in a series of profiles of politicians and their fundraising efforts. The first article, " How Money Votes: An Oklahoma Story " ( TAP, no. 19, Fall 1994), was about Congressman Bill Brewster, a Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee. W hen Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole announced his presidential candidacy April 10, his Midwest roots figured prominently in the speech. "Our problems are not too difficult to handle," he said in Topeka, Kansas. "It's just that our leaders have grown too isolated from places like Topeka--embarrassed...