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Von Bulow Says He’s Not Running For Senate, Discounts Apparent Prank

February 12, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Claus von Bulow says he is not taking seriously a ″Draft von Bulow for Senator″ federal campaign filing and has no intention of running for office in New York or any other state.

″I am not an American subject,″ von Bulow said in a telephone interview from his New York City apartment Tuesday. ″I am a Danish citizen and always have been.″

A document filed with the Federal Election Commission and made available this week stated there was a ″Draft von Bulow for Senator″ organization in New York which listed its chairman as R. Grayson and treasurer as Nina Mule.

The document was filed on June 17, 1985, seven days after a jury in Providence, R.I., found von Bulow innocent of two counts of attempting to murder his heiress wife by injecting her with insulin. The verdict came in a retrial after the Rhode Island Supreme Court reversed his 1982 convictions.

Asked about the document, Von Bulow laughed at the apparent prank and said he did not know who might have been responsible. He said he had ″no intention″ of running for election.

Repeated telephone calls to an answering machine at the New York City address listed on the document were not returned.

Sharon Snyder, a spokeswoman at the FEC, said a man she identified as Richard Grayson had filed similar documents in the past, including one in 1983 indicating he was interested in running for president.

The ″statement of organization,″ the only document submitted in the von Bulow campaign filing, does not indicate that any money was raised on von Bulow’s behalf.

A person is legally considered a candidate for federal office if the person or someone authorized by the candidate raises or spends more than $5,000.

″We have ‘candidates’ filing all the time, for a variety of offices, particularly presidential, who come nowhere near $5,000,″ she said. ″We merely take those reports in and make them available.″

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