A8 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1996 CAMPAIGN '96 T KANSAS POLITICS Democrats deny funneling funds to state is illegal Multiple transactions raise questions about Democrats' fund raising By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Al "Blackie" Nelson, a semi-retired farmer, discusses his political views at Marquette Lumber and Hardware after a game of dominoes with his friends. Nelson says he hasn't been a fan of Bob Dole for years and plans to vote for President Clinton on Tuesday. Marquette / Town turns out to vote FROM PAGE A1 Dean Geiman, however, isn't convinced. "I am having a heck of a time making up my mind." said Geiman, 58, a farmer and former teacher, who came into the elevator to check on grain prices. "I will be voting, but I am really undecided." But which way is he leaning? "If I had to vote today, it would probably be for Clinton," Geiman said five days before the election. "I feel like he's tried hard. I keep thinking I should vote for Dole because he's from Kansas. But he seems too desperate to get to the presidency, and he's trying about everything to get there." But Geiman isn't thrilled with Clinton, either. "I've been disappointed by all the things you hear about him," Geiman said. "But Dole hasn't convinced me he's going to make things better." Although he's a registered Democrat, Geiman said he doesn't vote along party lines, having voted for former President Ronald Reagan. "I think there is too much politics and not enough common sense," he said. And he's tired of the negative campaign ads. "I'll be glad when it's over," Geiman said. A grudge against Dole Al "Blackie" Nelson, a semi-retired farmer who lives south of Marquette, was finishing up a friendly game of dominoes, nearly a daily event at the Marquette Lumber and Hardware, when he confirmed his vote would be for Clinton. "I have to vote for him," Nelson said. "He's the only one who's done anything in the last 16 years. He's done his job. He has been reducing the deficit and he has got Lonna Fleming, co-owner of Cookies Etc. and a Clinton supporter, has encouraged the local citizenry to get involved in politics by inviting the candidates to her shop. She will give anyone who votes Tuesday a free cup of coffee. people working again." Nelson said he hasn't liked Dole since 1974 when Dole accused his opponent for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Bill Roy, of being an abortionist during a debate. "Roy was a good man," Nelson said of the Topeka physician. "That was dirty politics." Nelson worries that young people aren't interested in politics. "A lot of young people don't even vote," he said. "I wish they'd get more interested in how the government is run. They should because it would be for everyone's benefit." A negative campaign As Republicans, Brion Larson and his wife, Nancy, who own the Larson Pipe Organ Co. in Marquette, are concerned about the election.They've put up campaign signs and campaigned locally for their favorite candidates. "I think the Republicans will keep the House and the Senate," Brion Larson, 41, said about Con- gress. "I have my doubts about the presidency, but I am still hopeful. After the indictment and impeachment proceedings, we might get the presidency too." Linda Johnson also holds out hope for Dole. But the three readily admit there are other Republicans they'd prefer than the former Kansas senator. "I'd vote for Bill Graves for president," Johnson said. "Colin Powell would be good," Brion Larson said. "I wish Elizabeth Dole would run," said 37-year-old Nancy Larson. The three talked politics after a monthly meeting of Marquette's Community Booster Club at the Village Cafe on Marquette's main street. "People don't like Clinton and they don't like Dole," Nancy Larson said. "I think it will be the lowest voting turnout we've ever seen." But Larsons and Johnson plan to be at the polls Tuesday, something most Marquette residents have done in the past. In the 1992 presidential election, 87 percent of Marquette's registered voters voted. Negative campaign ads and media coverage of the election has bothered these three Republicans. "I don't trust the polls," Nancy Larson said. "I don't trust people to be honest. I think they might use the polls as a tactic." "We've been bombarded by polls," Brion Larson said. "Polls have no control over what people do when they are alone in the voting booth," Johnson said. People need to do their homework before they vote, Nancy Larson said. "People should do their own research and not watch the national news," she said. "It's slanted, and it's not worth the time." Voter encouragement Lonna Fleming, 53, has done her part to help educate voters. She invited local state candidates to her shop, Cookies Etc., to meet and talk with customers. "I think the elections are more important on the state level," Fleming said. She's also going to encourage people to vote. Anyone with a sticker indicating they voted Tuesday can get a free cup of coffee in her store, which is among the ornate store fronts on Marquette's main street. A party affiliation isn't important to Fleming, who decorates cakes and cookies and offers other baked items at her store each day. "I vote for whoever I think is really good," Fleming said. That's why she said she will vote for Clinton. "I think he's doing OK," Fleming said. "I don't care for Dole. I don't think he's doing that much." Luxurious Leather That We've just unpaced the biggest Leather Round-up to hit central Kansas. Beautiful leather seating in an exciting assortment of colors and styles - on sale now at Norris Furniture. Let our design service assist you in making your house a beautiful home. Call today to schedule an appointment for "room service". Hours: Daily 9 'til 5:30 pm Saturday 9 'til 5 pm Sunday 1-5 90 Days Same as Cash TOPEKA — Two dozen transactions raise questions about whether national party groups funneled thousands of dollars to the state Democratic Party through intermediaries. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, in Washington donated $5,000 apiece to 10 county Democratic committees in Kansas, or a total of $50,000. By Oct. 17, $45,750 of it had been donated to the state Democratic Party, records show. Also, the Democratic parties of 14 other states together donated almost $210,000 to the Kansas party between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Before, they received thousands of dollars from national organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, or DNC. State law permits the DCCC and other groups like it to donate only $5,000 in a calendar year to the Kansas party, and the national committee is allowed to donate only $25,000. And giving a contribution in the name of another person or committee is illegal. Democratic officials say nothing inappropriate occurred. National, state and county officials said the county committees acted independently. Also, transfers from state to state are described as common. But Kansas officials admit that this year marks the first strong effort to solicit money from other states' parties. And Brett Cott. the Kansas party's executive director, acknowledged that its request for donations from county committees often come after the state party's staff learns that a county committee will receive a large contribution. "It's kind of like when you find out someone wins the lottery," Cott said during an interview. The Legislature enacted the limits on contributions to the state party because it wanted to prevent donors from giving the maximum amount allowed to a candidate, then funneling money to the same candidate through the party. The 24 transactions involving county committees and other states' parties were disclosed in campaign finance reports filed with the Kansas secretary.of state's office and the Federal Election Commission. They stood out for several reasons. All of the contributions to the Kansas party occurred between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21 — a span of 34 days — and amounted to more than $255,000. It is legal for the DCCC to give money to county organizations and have them give it to the state party, said Carol Williams, executive director of the state Commission on Governmental Standards and Conduct. But in such a case, the contributions would be considered the DCCC's and subject to the $5,000 limit, she said. JOIN THE FUN! FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Right here, at the area's leading billiard table dealer. Our family fun experts will answer all of your questions and show you the best professional-quality slate pool tables for your families style and entertainment budget. 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