Apparently, we were not alone in this assessment. The Dallas Morning News reports that “Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.”
Let me add that this is their right — anyone can contribute to more than one candidate. What this actually confirms, however, is that other people share our analysis regarding Nader’s impact. And, they are voting with their dollars, in a way that benefits the incumbent, not the challenger.
Amusingly, Nader has “won Ben Stein’s money.” Stein is a television personality and outspoken advocate for the Republican Party, who has “contributed $500 to Nader and $1,000 to Mr. Bush this year. Records indicate that over the last decade, Mr. Stein has given exclusively to the GOP.” Stein made TV ads for Mr. Bush in the 2000 election, but they never aired.
GOP donors double dipping with Nader
Contributors deny that financial support is designed to hurt Kerry
The Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2004