Newsbrief: DPA Reaches Out to GOP Conventioneers 8/27/04

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Last weekend in Seattle, Hempfest organizers urged attendees to vote for Sen. John Kerry for president, but next week, the Drug Policy Alliance (http://www.drugpolicy.org) will be reaching out to Republicans attending the party's convention in New York, the New York Times reported Monday.

DPA is raising money to take out ads in the conservative New York Sun to welcome Republican delegates to the city. The ads will cite remarks by prominent Republicans, including economist Milton Friedman, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger indicating support for reforming the drug laws.

"I think there were a few people who were a little weirded out that we were making this kind of pitch and welcoming the Republicans," DPA executive director Ethan Nadelmann told the Times. "But there are many other people who think we'll get a major breakthrough on drugs by a 'Nixon goes to China' initiative from a Republican."

Some may have been weirded out, but the idea had appeal for DPA supporters, Nadelmann said. "When we do an e-mail blast, sometimes we're lucky to get $1,000," Mr. Nadelmann said. "In this case we got $10,000 in 48 hours."

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