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Bush Gets Gift Memberships in Mississippi ACLU

November 1, 1988

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Vice President George Bush may not know it but he can now claim membership in the American Civil Liberties Union in Mississippi.

Officials with the ACLU say at least five gift memberships have been purchased in Bush’s name in the Mississippi chapter since the Republican presidential nominee made Democrat Michael Dukakis’ ACLU membership an issue in the campaign.

″So until he resigns, I guess he is a member,″ said former ACLU Mississippi president David Ingebretsen of Jackson. The gift memberships cost $20 each and are good for a year.

″I think there’s a difference between voluntarily joining an organization yourself and someone signing you up.″ said Joe Karpinski of the Bush campaign in Mississippi. ″I understand some gift memberships have been made in the name of Michael Dukakis to the National Rifle Association.″

Membership in the Mississippi ACLU chapter has grown by about 50 to total 550 since Bush began attacking Dukakis’ status as a ″card-carrying member″ of the ACLU.

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