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Perot Puts James Campbell As ‘Stand-In’ VP On FEC Documents

August 21, 1996

DALLAS (AP) _ Ross Perot has listed his former IBM boss as a ``stand-in″ running mate. His presidential campaign insists that doesn’t mean James S. Campbell will be No. 2 on the Reform Party ticket, although four years ago the Texas billionaire’s stand-in stood with him through the fall.

Campbell’s name showed up Tuesday in official papers the Perot campaign sent to the Federal Election Commission, seeking $29.1 million in public financing for his White House bid. Perot would qualify because he won 19 percent of the national vote when he ran for president in 1992.

Campbell, 69, also was listed as holding a place on state ballots in the West until after the convention Sunday when Perot was nominated by Reform Party members. Perot’s former boss and friend had said he was doing a favor by lending his name to the ballot drive.

In 1992, James Stockdale was initially billed as a vice presidential stand-in before he became the official No. 2 for Perot’s independent bid. Stockdale had also worked with Perot at IBM.

Telephone messages left at Campbell’s home and office in California were not immediately returned, but Perot spokeswoman Sharon Holman insisted Tuesday that Campbell was truly a ``stand-in″ who could be replaced.

Perot reportedly had previously asked Marcy Kaptur, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, to be his running mate, but she declined.

Responding to ``persistent rumors,″ Rep. Linda Smith, R-Wash., said she hasn’t been offered the nomination, nor would she accept.

FEC spokeswoman Sharon Snyder said the initial request for candidate financing must be signed by Perot and his vice presidential candidate, who also must meet other requirements to receive the money.

``The other hurdle they’ve got to jump through is they’ve got to be on the ballot in 10 states. Some of the states are telling us they haven’t certified him as a candidate,″ said Snyder.

As Perot settles on a No. 2, active party members in several states are working to ensure the third-party movement remains independent from Perot.

Representatives of several states who attended the Valley Forge, Pa., convention last weekend have met twice already to consider establishing a party separate from Perot’s campaign. The leaders plan to convene again Sept. 28 in Chicago to re-evaluate whether the Reform Party is truly operating separately from Perot’s candidacy.

``We’re looking at ways of developing a viable third party, so it can exist outside the support, influence and interference of Ross Perot,″ Charles Riggs, an active member from New York, said Tuesday.

Besides New York, states involved include California, Minnesota and Oregon. Those states have strong third-party factions that existed long before Perot entered politics.

Not all the new Reform Party troops are troubled, including one high-profile addition, Lenora Fulani, formerly of the New Alliance Party. The perennial New York candidate has run for governor, lieutenant governor and president twice, in 1988 and 1992.

Ms. Fulani told The Associated Press that she hopes to bring blacks to Perot’s Reform Party, but she also could bring controversy because of her past support of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader.

Perot has spent millions of his own money building and supporting most facets of the Reform Party, and the staff that operates party headquarters is the same group that represents his campaign.

Russ Verney, national coordinator for the Reform Party, has said national headquarters would support a separate third-party committee, but not until Perot is on all 50 states’ ballots. Perot is on 40 state ballots either as a Reform Party candidate, by joining with existing parties within the states, or as an independent candidate.

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