Newsbrief: Bush Campaign Letter Attacks Drug Reform Funders 12/12/03

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It's getting nasty out there. In a Wednesday e-mail sent to members of a Bush-Cheney campaign e-mail list, Bush-Cheney '04 campaign chairman Marc Racicot urged loyalists to send money to help fight off "vicious personal attacks" on President Bush. Along the way, however, Racicot engaged in precisely that practice in going after George Soros and Peter Lewis, two prominent drug reform funders who this year have contributed heavily to efforts to defeat the Bush re-election effort.

Soros is a "billionaire liberal" who said "Bush reminds him of the Nazis," Racicot warned. But Lewis, the founder and head of the Progressive Insurance company, is that rarest of all creatures, the "billionaire leftist." And while it was not their drug reform politics which drew Racicot's ire, but large contributions by Soros and Lewis to liberal get-out-the-vote organizations hoping to unseat Bush in the next election, Racicot couldn't resist using -- or abusing -- the drug policy connection, telling Bush-Cheney subscribers that Lewis is "an ardent advocate of hard drugs."

Lewis, who has contributed millions of dollars to drug reform, last year put most of his money into marijuana-related projects. He is known as a marijuana consumer, having been famously arrested in New Zealand for pot possession. But while he has advocated changes in drug laws, and not only for marijuana, he has never, as far as DRCNet knows, been "an ardent advocate of hard drugs."

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