Bradley close behind

Al Gore is so far the showbiz favorite for the 2000 presidential race, edging ahead of George W. Bush in campaign contributions.

Gore nabbed $479,245 from the TV, movie and music biz, compared to Bush’s $357,802, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The org compiled data released this month by the Federal Election Commission, which tallies 1999 PAC donations and contributions from individuals who donated $200 or more.

In third place was Bill Bradley, with $320,874, while John McCain received $124,525. Rounding out the group were Elizabeth Dole, $22,250; Dan Quayle, $16,460; and Gary Bauer, $6,845.

The candidates’ tallies vary, however, in 16 other employment sectors, as broken down by the center.

In computer equipment and services, for example, Bush drew more than double the donations to Gore: $379,200 vs. $178,085. Bradley is again third, with $166,975. Oil and gas companies’ donations to Bush leave everyone else in the dust: he nabbed $1,004,309, compared to Gore’s $56,750 and Dole’s $27,600.

Bush also maintains a healthy lead among commercial banks and insurance, real estate and health professionals and retired people. Gore is ahead in telephone utilities, lobbyists and civil servants/public officials.

McCain’s sole lead is in the casino/gambling industry: $51,563 vs. $25,500 for runner-up Bush.

Overall, the center says Bush has raised $37,289,782; Gore, $19,599,571; and Bill Bradley, $11,748,225. Steve Forbes came in fourth with $9,513,946.

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