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Two donors Gore solicited had offered vacation homes

WASHINGTON - In fund-raising calls in 1994, Vice President Al Gore rounded up a quick $327,500 for the Democratic Party and tapped two donors who recently had offered their homes for his family vacation, documents show.

One of the donors, Ohio financier and major contributor Carl Lindner, had been at the White House for a private dinner just a week before Gore solicited his help in October 1994, according to White House memos reviewed by The Associated Press. Lindner and his companies gave $150,000, records show.

The memos, including donor call sheets prepared by the Democratic Party, detail Gore's earliest known fund-raising phone solicitations as vice president.

The 1994 calls were made from the Democratic National Committee and provide a clear contrast to calls he would make during the last election - from the White House and sometimes at taxpayer expense.

The latter calls have stirred controversy over whether Gore violated federal laws barring solicitations from federal property or prohibiting use of government resources for political purposes. They also have left the vice president facing the possibility of an independent prosecutor.

A Dec. 2, 1994, memo from Harold Ickes, then the White House deputy chief of staff, to Gore's top deputy, Jack Quinn, laid out the success of Gore's first calls.

"Attached is a one-page document ... which I received from the DNC showing the actual result of the calls made by the VP prior to the election," Ickes wrote.

The list identified a half-dozen people who responded with donations totaling $327,500 in response to Gore's solicitations.

Among them were two prolific donors to both parties:

A memo to guide Gore's calls noted that the Ohio businessman had attended "a small White House dinner on Oct. 20," eight days before Gore's call.

It also cited an offer Lindner had apparently made to the Gore family. "Thank Mr. Lindner for offering his home at Ocean Reef Club in Florida for your family holiday location," it said.

He wasn't the only donor to make such an offer. The memo that advised Gore to ask Washington-area real estate broker Albert Dwoskin for a donation also noted: "Thank him for offering his home in Jamaica for your family holiday vacation."

Dwoskin is listed as donating $2,500 to the DNC in November 1994.

The Ickes' memo said others responding to Gore's plea for money included Occidental Petroleum chairman Ray R. Irani, whose company gave $50,000, and Florida real estate businessman Joseph Chapman, who gave $10,000.

By The Associated Press



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