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Memo on Wining, Dining GOP

August 2, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ In a memo entitled ``Why co-host an event honoring the House Banking Committee,″ the organizers of a banking industry tribute at the Republican convention offered several reasons why special interests should wine and dine lawmakers key to their industry. The text of the memo:

``A high profile event at the Republican National Convention gathering Congressional Leadership, the House of Representatives Banking and Financial Services Committee, and executives from the country’s banking, insurance and financial services industries is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

″_The event will epitomize Louisiana hospitality and will include a sumptuous offering of Cajun cuisine and musical entertainment.

″_The event will generate positive buzz, invitations will be eagerly sought, and participating sponsors will be remembered.

″_Congressman Baker’s event will be supported by the Republican Leadership of both the House and Senate, including the Honorable Phil Gramm, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; The Honorable Richard K. (Dick) Armey, House Majority leader; The Honorable Tom Delay, House Majority Whip; and the Honorable Tom Davis, Chair, National Republican Congressional Committee.

″_This event will precede the official convention activities of Monday evening, July 31. The reception will naturally feature Congressman Baker’s favorite Louisiana Cajun and Creole cooking.

″_The Banking Committee is considering legislation on a myriad range of issues, from internet gambling to housing, insurance, financial services, and more. Their efforts will improve the lives of all Americans, and create an environment for continued economic growth.

″_Congressman Baker holds leadership positions on the House Banking and Financial Services Committee. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Government Sponsored Enterprises, Baker is spear-heading historic financial ``modernization″ efforts to benefit consumer choice and increase America’s competitiveness in a global economy.

″_Congressman Baker cares about this event because it’s not just about him: it’s a unique opportunity to honor the House Banking and Financial Services Committee and for the banking, insurance, and financial services industries to showcase their collective strengths and interests in industry related issues.″

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