Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

O, Martha II

UPDATE: Martha has apparently been more generous and loyal that previous reports indicate. The Washington Times says:

So far in the 2002 campaign cycle, Mrs. Stewart has donated $173,665 to Democrats personally or through her company, putting her among the top 100 contributors to either party, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which describes her as "solidly Democratic." ,,, [The former Chairman of now-bankrupt ImClone], Waksal also is a donor to Democratic candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


"The fact is, Martha Stewart has been very generous to us Democrats," one top congressional source said on Tuesday. "She's been a generous supporter of Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Torricelli, Bayh, Schumer and others... We must treat her fairly, pursue the facts, not single her out or punish her because she has been a leading fundraiser for one party of the other."

Who knew? Is this tact good for Martha? Is embracing this tact good for the Democrats? Hard to see how that could be in either case, especially if she is found to be an inside trader? Lucky for all of them, the evidence there is still pretty slim and circumstantial - although the New York Times doesn't seem to agree.

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