Bush-Cheney '04 Inc.

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Bush-Cheney '04 Inc., the Republican slate of George Walker Bush and Richard Cheney for the 2004 Presidential Election, has reportedly registered with the FEC. They are banking at First Union National Bank.[1]


"Shortly after the 2000 campaign began on 3/8/99, the first $5,000 PAC check came in from Union Pacific Resources PAC on 3/12/99, and the first candidate committee $1,000 check came from "Mac Thornberry for Congress" (R-TX) on 3/11/99. The first individual donor was Karl C. Rove (Austin, TX) on 3/4/99. In the first month the campaign had raised $4.7 million from individuals."[2]

Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign (unofficial) started in March 2002 at: http://W-04.com [3] . More than 75,000 Bush2004 lapel stickers were distributed free of charge.

"News reports have not yet mentioned a role for Tony Feather, former political director of Bush-Cheney 2000. Feather has been running Progress for America, a group that promotes the Bush agenda, including tax cuts, judicial appointments and free trade. For example, in February they phoned people in Florida and asked them to call Sen. Bill Nelson and Bob Graham and urge them to vote for Miguel Estrada, who was nominated for the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Progress for America has not publicly disclosed its budget or donors, but news reports indicated it had raised millions from previous soft money donors." [4]

Campaign News

"President Bush named a corporate lawyer and a lobbyist as the public face of his political organization yesterday, making Marc F. Racicot chairman of his reelection campaign and Edward W. Gillespie chairman of the Republican National Committee.

"Both served Bush in the last campaign and through the Florida recount, and parlayed that experience into close relationships with senior White House aides."

June 17, 2003: from "Bush Picks Campaign Chief, RNC Chairman" in The Washington Times.

December 31, 2003: In the mode of MoveOn.org, the Bush-Cheney '04 Inc. georgewbush.com web site now sports an "Action Center" for supporters to use an online form to "Write News Editors." The web page also supplies the writer with suggested "Talking Points" and "Writing Tips".

Examples of letters that have been submitted to local newspapers are linked to Devastated by Wild Pres at wampum.wakanaki.net, (December 29, 2003).

March 15, 2004: In the current edition of The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes and William Kristol write about "The Dukakis Trap" in which they both ask the question "Why isn't George W. Bush's message getting out?" ... and provide the answer: "The truth is the White House isn't trying very hard." [5]

Communications and Advertising

Re-election campaign communications team is headed by Terry Holt, whose title is director of communications. Scott Stanzel is the campaign press secretary. According to PR Week, the campaign also has network of "five regional spokesmen, all based at campaign headquarters in Northern Virginia, who handle media inquiries; a rapid-response team charged with countering negative attacks; and a 'surrogate' team that finds guests to appear on the President's behalf on television shows, radio programs, and internet chats.[6]

The campaign's advertising team is Maverick Media, the same firm for the 2000 Bush/Cheney campaign. Maverick's personnel include Mark McKinnon, Matthew Dowd, Stuart Stevens, Russ Schriefer, Harold Kaplan, Vada Hill, Alex Castellanos, Chris Mattola, Frank Guerra, Fred Davis, Scott Howell, Lionel and Kathy Sosa, Sara Taylor, Mike Shannon, and Ashley O'Connor.

Campaign Consultants

According to the October/ November 2004 issue of Campaigns & Elections, the Bush campaign consultants included:

  • Maverick Media: ads
  • Praxis Lists: voter files, ID
  • Olsen & Shuvalov: mail
  • MDS Communications Corporations: telephones
  • Feather Larson & Synhorst: telephones
  • FYI Messaging: direct mail
  • EYT: Web services
  • New Media Communications: Web services
  • Voter/Consumer Research, Inc.: research
  • Patton Boggs LLP: legal
  • Aristotle: voter files, ID
  • Pericles Consulting: Web services
  • Appdefense, Inc.: Web services
  • Stage One Productions: financial consulting
  • Cathey Blaney & Associates: financial consulting
  • American Viewpoint: survey research
  • Market Strategies: survey research
  • Clear One communications: telephones
  • Tarrance Group: survey research
  • The Woods Herberger Group: financial consulting
  • Nixon Peabody LLP: legal
  • Smarttech Corporation: Web services


P.O. Box 10648
Arlington, VA 22210
URL: www.georgebush.com

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External links

  • See Bush-Cheney '04 Inc. Photo Album for recent photo ops. See related article photographic manipulation for more on this subject.
  • Bushology Interactive: Bush-Cheney 2000 to Current.
  • Bush-Cheney (and other candidates) Financial Disclosures.
  • w-04.com web site.
  • Bush Pioneer Profiles.
  • 15 March 2001: "Overnight Guests At Governor's Mansion Added $2.2 Million To Bush Campaign" by Nathaniel Heller, Center for Public Integrity: "As Bush's presidential ambitions grew, so did the frequency of overnight stays by political allies and fund-raisers. Beginning in mid-1997, the mansion came to act as a gathering place and springboard for the nascent 2000 campaign, helping to rope in key supporters early in the presidential cycle."
  • 23 May 2003: "Bush to name campaign leaders" by Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times.
  • 28 May 2003: "In-a-Gadda Da-Vida We Trust" by Maureen Dowd, The New York Times: "Karl Rove's re-election strategy is designed to tug 9/11 heartstrings, and his ads will be heroic images of Top Gun chasing down the bad guys. The president and his posse diverted anger over 9/11 to Iraq, and now they are diverting it to Iran."
  • 27 June 2003: "Bush Adds $5 Million to Campaign Coffers" by Jennifer Loven, AP: "President Bush passed through four cities, delivered two speeches and spent eight hours airborne in a marathon day in which he was greeted by hundreds of West Coast protesters but also enough well-heeled Republicans to add $5 million to his campaign coffers."
  • 3 November 2003: "Nation Again Split on Bush" by David S. Broder and Dan Balz, Washington Post (Yahoo): "Two years after a surge of national unity in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States is once again a 50-50 nation, shaped by partisan divisions as deep as ever that stand between President Bush and reelection."
  • 11 November 2003: "Bushes, Cheney Ask Donors to Up the Ante for 2004" by Patricia Wilson, Reuters: "Despite the joke Bush delivers at the start of fund-raising speeches across the country, the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign is in full swing with a $96 million war chest, a humming headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, a county-by-county election plan and an initiative to reach out to 3 million new voters."
  • 23 November 2003: "Scaring Up Votes" by Maureen Dowd, New York Times.
  • 4 December 2003: "Karl Rove Speaks To Major Donors" by William March, Tampa Tribune: "Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, stopped in Tampa and Jacksonville on Tuesday for background chats with top-dollar Republican donors. ... The meetings, set up quietly with word-of-mouth invitations, were closed to reporters, and Rove declined an interview in Tampa."
  • 18 December 2003: "Saddam's Capture Bodes Ill for Bush's Re-election" by William Pfaff, International Tribune.
  • 30 December 2003: "Rumbling on the hard-line right" by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: "Pat Buchanan, whose challenge of President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1992 is credited by some conservatives as leading to the Bill Clinton presidency, says that if it weren't for the ongoing war the current president would be facing a primary challenge."
  • 10 March 2004: "Bush alienating some military voters who helped him win in 2000" by William Douglas, Knight Ridder Newspapers.
  • 12 March 2004: "Howard Stern's schwing voters. The raunchy jockey is mobilizing his army of listeners against Bush -- and they could make a difference in November" by Eric Boehlert, Salon.
  • 14 March 2004: "The Politics of Self-Pity" by Maureen Dowd, New York Times: "So it comes as something of a disappointment that the leader of the Republican Party, the man who epitomizes the conservative ideal, is playing the victim. President Bush has made the theme of his re-election campaign a whiny 'not my fault.'"
  • 20 March 2004: DHinMI at the Daily Kos reports that the "Bush Campaign Paying Firm That Specializes In Paramilitaries": Vance International.
  • Bush 2004 Campaign pledges to restore honor and dignity to the White House. (Note: Does not link to article. 3/14/04)
  • Some recent history of the Bush at the Republican convention.