Monday, October 16, 2000

Portman foe wants campaign finance fixes

By Derrick DePledge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In the past two years, U.S. Rep. Rob Portman has delved into pension reform, trying to increase the amount of money people can save each year in tax-deferred 401(k) and individual retirement accounts.

        He has also fought, without success, to scrap the IRS tax code and replace it with something less complex.

        Mr. Portman, a one-time adviser to former President Bush, has emerged as a leading domestic-policy source for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican candidate for president, particularly on tax reform, Social Security and Medicare.

        Charles Sanders, the Democratic mayor of the Warren County town of Waynesville, is running against Mr. Portman in the November election.

        He said he would devote his attention to campaign finance reform and consumer and labor issues.

        Mr. Sanders, who is in the unusual position of simultaneously facing a recall vote as mayor, said corporations and special interest groups influence Mr. Portman too much.

        “I think he votes the way special interests would have him vote,” he said. “I don't think his votes have always reflected the views of the rank and file in his district.”


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