Money Matters

The latest from the Political Grapevine:

Money Matters
A major donor and fund-raiser for President Bush — who's given more than a half million dollars to Bush's re-election campaign and other Republican causes in recent years — has now donated and raised thousands more for Ralph Nader's (search) campaign. Richard Egan and his family have donated $6,000, and the company he started is one of Nader's biggest contributors. Egan, according to the Boston Globe, hopes boosting Nader will take away votes from John Kerry. Similarly, two pro-Bush conservative groups in Oregon have been calling people around the state, urging them to help get Nader on Oregon's ballot. Citizens for a Sound Economy say the votes Nader pulls from Kerry "could mean the difference in a razor-thin presidential election."

Green Candidate Going for Kerry?
Two days after Pat LaMarche (search), Green Party vice presidential candidate, wouldn't commit to voting for herself in November and left a Portland Press Herald reporter with the impression that she will vote for John Kerry if it's the only way to beat President Bush, a LaMarche spokesman now says the reporter got it all wrong. The spokesman says LaMarche wouldn't commit to voting for herself because whom she votes for is a "private matter." But LaMarche now says she is committed to voting for herself, insisting "it's a no-brainer."

Savors American Failure in Iraq?
British columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, writing in London's Evening Standard, says she "savors American failure in Iraq" and feels "callous triumphalism [that] ... the anti-war protesters have been proved horribly right." She says, "here have been times [during the war] when I wanted more chaos, more shocks, more disorder to teach our side a lesson. [Earlier this week] I found myself again hoping that this handover proves a failure because it has been orchestrated by the Americans." But, she says, "I am ashamed to admit [this]," insisting "The decent people of Iraq need optimism now, not my distasteful ill-wishes for the only hope they have for a future."

Sentence Structure
The Jefferson County, Alabama, school board says a 15-year-old girl at Clay-Chalkville High School should get the maximum sentence allowed for violating the county's zero-tolerance drug law. The school board insists a maximum sentence — being temporarily sent to an alternative school — is appropriate considering "the severity of having possession of drugs" in school." Thing is, the offending "drugs" was one Motrin pill, which the student took to relieve menstrual cramps.

FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report

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