Gore to give campaign's funds to DNC

April 29, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Former Vice President Al Gore announced yesterday that he will give $4 million in leftover campaign funds to the Democratic National Committee's campaign to defeat President Bush in the fall election.

The man who narrowly lost the presidency in 2000 said in a prepared statement that he would give the money to oppose his onetime Republican foe. He's giving another $2.5 million to Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, Senate and in local races in Florida and Tennessee.

"The outcome of this election is extremely important for the future of our country and for all that America stands for," Gore said. "I want to help John Kerry become president, and I want to help Democrats retake control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives."

The donations are a boost for both Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and the congressional campaign organizations. All trail their Republican opponents financially, with Bush expected to spend well over $150 million.

In 2000, Gore received about $70 million in public money for his general election run, which he narrowly lost after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that stopped a recount of ballots in Florida, effectively allowing Bush to be declared the winner. The $6.5 million in leftover money comes mostly from money that Gore was allowed to maintain for legal and accounting expenses.

Prior to yesterday's announcement, Gore had used the money in the fund mostly for his own outstanding campaign expenses.

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