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Dole’s Presidential Campaign Seeks Too Much Money for Events

June 13, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole hurriedly sent out a corrective letter to potential contributors after his Republican presidential campaign solicited donations exceeding the legal limit for a fund-raising event.

Federal election law limits individual contributions to presidential candidates to $1,000 a person.

An invitation sent by Dole for a June 19 dinner in Washington asked for $1,000 per person for the 5:30 p.m. reception and $5,000 per person for the 7:30 p.m. dinner.

What the solicitation meant to say, according to campaign press secretary Nelson Warfield, was that political action committees could give $5,000, the legal limit for PACs, or that individuals who had raised $5,000 from five people could use that for entree to the dinner.

``It was an inadvertent mistake,″ said Warfield, who described the letter as ``less than artfully crafted.″ He supplied a copy of a follow-up letter dated May 31 that he said was sent to those who received the faulty invitation.

``The purpose of this note is to clarify the ticket prices,″ the letter said, describing the dinner tickets as ``$5,000 per PAC or individuals who have raised $5,000.″

``As I am sure you are aware the maximum an individual can contribute to a presidential campaign is $1,000. A political action committee can contribute $5,000,″ said the letter, signed by Royal Roth, the campaign’s PAC director.

Warfield said the campaign had halted distribution of the invitation once the mistake was realized. He played down the mistake, saying a campaign could make worse errors than ``using the word person instead of PAC.″

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