Money Politics

Democrats may be reluctant to jump into the 1992 Presidential race, but the quasi-candidates are putting their fund-raising lines out. In an early cattle show, IMPAC, a group of moderate-to-conservative Democratic fat cats led by Maryland developer Nathan Landow, looked over the hopefuls in mid-June. Former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas, the only declared candidate, showed up. So did Senator Tom Harkin, who has hinted he may run in his home-state Iowa caucuses. Senator Al Gore of Tennessee, whose brief 1988 run was funded mainly by IMPAC, reluctantly agreed to stop by. Meanwhile, big-time fund-raiser Pamela Harriman has picked her early favorite. In what may be a demonstration of big-money solidarity, she's leaning toward West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.

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