DUBLIN, N.H. (AP) _ Does money buy access? Just ask Granny D.

Dorris Haddock, who recently walked across the country in a show of support for changing federal campaign finance laws, said Thursday she was asked to pay $500 when she tried to talk her way in to meet with Vice President Al Gore at an August fund-raiser in Little Rock, Ark.

Gore, the expected Democratic presidential nominee, is making the issue a top campaign priority. He even praised the 90-year-old New Hampshire woman as he unveiled new campaign finance proposals in a speech this week at Marquette University in Wisconsin.

``We took signs hoping he would notice us, but nothing happened,'' said Haddock, also known as Granny D. ``So we went in and said, 'Could we talk to (President) Clinton and Gore? ... But they said no, we couldn't go in unless we had $500 for the luncheon.''

She defended Gore, however, and said she wasn't too upset by the snub.

``He had nothing to do with it, it was the aides and I can understand,'' said Haddock, who completed the 3,000-mile walk from California to Washington on March 1. ``I thought he was missing a good photo op.''

George W. Bush, Gore's likely Republican opponent, seemed more perturbed.

``The Great Campaign Finance Reformer sounds more like the Great Pretender,'' said Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer. ``From monks who took vows of poverty to Granny D, Al Gore will raise money from anyone to get elected.''

Gore's campaign did not immediately return telephone calls Thursday for comment.