WASHINGTON – President Bush's re-election campaign has welcomed more than 50 new volunteer fund-raisers who together brought in nearly $80 million of his record $187.5 million re-election war chest, according to the campaign finance group Public Citizen (search).
Overall, Bush's campaign now has 208 Rangers, or those who have raised $200,000. It also has 303 Pioneers, who must raise at least $100,000 to earn the title.
Public Citizen, which has posted on its Web site the names of volunteer fund-raisers for Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry, says the Bush campaign recently disclosed the names of 56 of its newest contributors, all Pioneers.
Among them are: W. Hensen Moore, president of the American Forest and Paper Association; Robert J. O'Connell president and CEO of MassMutual insurance; Ziad Ojakli, who recently left his White House job to become the top lobbyist for Ford Motor Co.; and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee.