National | PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: Liberal interest groups are spending tens of millions of dollars to advertise against President Bush, even as they claim they're not trying to influence the outcome of a federal election.
by Bob Jones
Posted 3/20/04, 12:00 am
Harold Ickes found a loophole in the nation's tough new campaign-finance laws-and he drove an armored car full of cash right through it.
Through an organization called the Media Fund, Mr. Ickes, a former top adviser to President Clinton, raised millions of dollars to finance TV ads that criticize the Bush administration. The first of those ads hit the airwaves on March 10 in a $5 million barrage that elicited outrage-and a legal challenge-from Republicans.