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    A Washington Post report in January said the Arnalls are ''the single biggest source of financial support for Bush since 2002. Over the period, they gave and raised at least $12.25 million." They also have donated to some Democrats.

    Dawn Arnall donated $5 million in August 2004 to an independent political committee that spent $35 million undercutting Kerry's candidacy.


    Patrick, who worked closely with the Kerry campaign on potential Election Day voter fraud issues, told the senators that the Arnalls' well-publicized support of Bush should not be a factor as they vote on his nomination.

    ''Roland is a committed political independent who happens to believe that a Bush presidency is good for Israel, a principal focus of his concerns and interests," Patrick wrote. ''That is not a view I share but I respect that Roland holds it sincerely."

    Arnall, 66, was born in Nazi-occupied France, but survived by hiding his Jewish identity. He immigrated first to Canada and then to California, where he has made his fortune in mortgage lending. Defenders of the Arnalls include two Democratic governors, Pennsylvania's Edward G. Rendell, and New Mexico's Bill Richardson.

    His backers say the Arnalls have contributed millions to social and cultural causes and that their business has helped Americans who have few other financing options to purchase homes.

    Meanwhile, by acting as Bush's biggest financial supporters since 2002, the Arnalls have funded a president who is trying to get rid of mortgage deductions, is responsible for the loss of many jobs that would have enabled people to buy homes, and has turned Iraq into a much greater danger for Israel. So their financial support for him undermines even their own purported goals.

    It's very disappointing to me. I've been trying to overcome my skepticism toward Patrick based on his wealth, his service to huge corporations (Texaco, Coca-Cola), and his failure to serve in a lower political office before jumping into the gubernatorial campaign.

    This news doesn't help.

    "There's more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line" - Indigo Girls

    by AlanF on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 12:05:53 PM PST

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    •  It is good to feel nervous ... (none)
      I don't live in Mass. anymore but I am uncomfortable with the whole "Great Black Hope" thing around the guy. I don't care what he says; his background is one of a corporate stooge.

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      by politizine2 on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 10:10:15 PM PST

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      •  To be fair (none)
        his early background involves plenty of poverty. It was only later that he joined the overpaid corporate ranks.

        "There's more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line" - Indigo Girls

        by AlanF on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 02:08:28 PM PST

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