Back when he was exhibiting the Democrats' renowned good sportsmanship after he lost the presidential election, Gore managed to fund his tantrum with donations sent in from such ordinary Americans as dot-com multimillionaire Steven Kirsch ($500,000), former Slim-Fast Foods chief S. Daniel Abraham ($100,000) and Minneapolis multimillionaire Vance Opperman ($100,000).
Gore also got some help from the Manhattan "working poor" such as Loews Hotels scion and tobacco company beneficiary Jon Tisch ($50,000) -- who must have been on a break from demanding that West African peddlers be thrown off the streets of Manhattan; songwriter and ex-wife of pardoned financier Marc Rich, Denise Rich ($25,000); and investment banker Jon Corzine ($25,000), now representing working families against "the powerful" in the U.S. Senate.
Also warming to Gore's pledge to fight for "working families" were many Hollywood billionaires. Notorious inseminator and Hollywood "producer" Stephen Bing ponied up $200,000. (In Democratic Party parlance, "producer" evidently means "a do-nothing who inherited a lot of money.") Actress and traitor Jane Fonda gave the Gore-Lieberman fund $100,000.
George W. Bush limited donations to his Election Recount Fund to $5,000 or less and still raised $13.8 million -- four times more than the $3.2 million collected by Gore. Americans saw what the Democrats were up to, and thousands upon thousands of small contributions poured in to Bush from across the country.
Gore's Tantrum Fund took in $2.1 million from just 38 individuals -- or, "working families." He had 84 donations above Bush's $5,000 maximum -- totaling about $2.8 million. Of those, 30 were from California and 23 from New York. (Jane Fonda lists her address as Georgia.) Only $56,216 of the Gore-Lieberman fund came from donations of $200 or less. Bush raised more than $3 million in individual donations of $200 or less -- more than the entire amount raised by Gore's Tantrum Fund.
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