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Top Fundraisers Questioned on Ethics



Take Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr, for example. Barr, a former U.S. congressman from Georgia, built a massive war chest for his conservative political organization, The Bob Barr Leadership Fund. His fundraising for that fund has raised some eyebrows.

Barr’s fund was created to aid political candidates and organizations fighting for “conservative” causes.

But reports released in early summer reveal that his political action committee (PAC) spent a paltry 3 percent of the donations it received helping like-minded candidates and groups.

According to public records, since 2003, Barr’s PAC has raised $4.3 million. In that same time, he spent nearly $1 million on administrative costs—salaries, office expenses and travel. Only $125,000, or 3 percent, went to support politicians and committees that were up against “liberal” political candidates.