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PAGE 28 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY Hair Design Manicure Pedicure Massage Facials Anti'Aging Therapy Welcome for women and men New Owners - Formerly 5uzzan David 120 International Parkway Heathrow, FL Md Great Valentines Day Spa PacKages Gift Packages & Gift Certificates Available PRESEIYf THIS AD POR FREE GIFT WITH SERVICE e By Matth~ E. Berger Analysts say the new laws will lead to an increase in con- STAMFORD, Conn. (JTA)--tributors who are "double dip- If Jewish money accounts for ping," giving funds to more an estimated half of big-time than one Democratic candi- Democratic donations during date. the presidential primary sea- "It's clearly not necessary, son, then Sen. Joseph early in the cycle, to come out Lieberman (D-Conn.) would strongly for one candidate," seem to be at a distinct advan- said Jack Bendheim, an active tage. donor in Democratic politics Butthatmaynotbethecase.in the Bronx. "You can write Analysts say that Lieberman multiple $2,000 checks." may have a slight advantage in Bendheim would not say who the money game because he is he is supporting, but an observant Jew with strong Lieberman has some big Jew- ties to the organized Jewish ish names by his side. community. Marvin Lender, the bagel ButLieberrnan'sbaseofsup- magnate and Jewish commu- port is the same group that the nal leader, is serving on the otherDemocratichopefulswiil board of directors of the be soliciting fervently. Lieberman campaign. And others already haveLender, who lives in Con- some key Jewish players be- necticut, said he believes the hind them. "lion's share of large gifts" to In addition, new campaign the Lieberman campaign will finance laws that go into effect come from Jewish donors. for the first time will change '"this becomes a grass-roots the way Jewish money is doled campaign throughout the Jew- out for 2004. ish community," said Lender, "Lieberman will get a sub- who is heavily involved in Jew- stantial majority of Jewish con- ish organizations, including the tributions," but the new cam- United Jewish Communities paignlawswillexpandthenum- and the Israel Policy Forum. ber of dollars people can con- There is no empirical data tribute in the election cycle, ontheamountofJewishmoney said Larry Sabato, director of in Democratic politics because the UniversityofVirginia's Cen- the Federal Elections Commit- terror Politics. tee does not ask for a The new law, known as contributor's religion. McCain-Feingoid for the law- But by all accounts, Jewish makers that sponsored it, donors have played a signifi- doubled the amount of contri- cant role in bankrolling the butions a person could give to Democratic operations. a primary campaign to $2,000. "The Democratic Party, as It also raised the amount of it's been structured in the last moneyacontributorcouldgive generation or two, can't be to all candidates and commit- competitive at its current level tees in each election cycle from without Jewish fund raising," $25,000 to $95,000. said Ira Forman, executive di- And because soft-money do- rector of the National Jewish nations-unlimited fundsgiven Democratic Council. to the national political parties Analysts estimate that can- to use on behalf of candidates- didates making a serious bid have been banned, there are for the Democratic nomina- fewer avenues for the money to tionwill need to raise some $35 be distributed and fewer large- million-S40 million. scale donations for candidates. And in the general presiden- That makes individual con- tial election, parties have raised tributions, theoretically, more nearly double that. important, aithoughloopholes Lieberman is likely to get a are expected to be found around large share of that money this the new laws. time around. Is Proud to Announce INTErNATiONAL NA KET Featuring KOSHER $ MED .TEREgANEAN GREEK $[NDIAN SHI[SPANI[C ][TALl[AN $ M[l[DDLE EASTERN 1000 GUESTS RECEIVE MEMBERSHIP~DISCOUNT CA RD! Visit the Restaurant Stay to Shop Fresh Daily Specials! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner KOSHER PARVE Ne,htmm TaborS, lae, 830 S, County Road 427 SLongwood % e The historic nature of his campaign will entice even sup- porters of other candidates to give some money to his cam- paign, and could bring in funds from Jewish contributors who have not given in the past. He also endeared himself to many Jews during his run with then-vice president Al Gore as the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000. But that does not mean he will getall of~e Jewish money. Steve Grossman, former na- tional chairman of the Demo- cratic National Committee, has been working the phones for former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, soliciting numerous Jew- ish donors. He says the Jewish commu- nity is much less monolithic than people believe, and he is not writing off the constitu- ency for his candidate. "There's a vast number of Jews who can write $2,000 checks who don't affiliate with Jewish entities," said Grossman, a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "For those people not im- bued with the Jewish commu- nity, Joe Lieberman will not have any particular advantage over other candidates." Those groups include Jewish trial law- yers, who have a former mem- ber of their profession in Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), health care professionals who may largely support Dean, a physi- cian, and gays and lesbians, who also back Dean because he supported gay civil unions in Vermont. If Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) enters the race, his strong ties to Florida's Jewish community could also come at a cost to Lieberman, aswill the relations Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has cultivated in his home state. Having been in the Demo- cratic leadership for more than 15 years, Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) has links to Jewish donors around the country. Support for a candidate is "based on access, past support and friendships," said Morris Amitay, a Jewish fund-raiser and former executive director of AIPAC. "A lot of it is per- sonal." In addition, many Jew- ish voters may base their sup- port for candidates on Israel, especially with the Jewish state under attack as it has been in recent times. Lieberman's comments last month in the region, in which he expressed support for an Arab-led plan for peace and concern for the humanitarian conditions of the Palestinians, have alarmed some hawkish members of the Jewish com- munity, and might hurt his fund raising in some Jewish circles. He was scheduled to meet with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jew- ish community's umbrella group, on Wednesday to ad- dress those concerns. On the other hand, those in the Jewish community who advocate a more proactive Washington stance vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might welcome such remarks. At the same time, it could be that the Israel issue will be- come a non- issue this time around, given that other Demo- cratic hopefuls are also seen as strong proponents of Israel. Some analysts also believe that some Jews for whom Is- rael is primary may opt to sup- portBush, for his hand!ing of the East. And ish voters who will candidate that comes totheir what religion. people, maybe even number, they are health care rights and thewar 1 their support for a more than wheth~ date happens to be Grossman said. conservative Democratic caucus in t ate. He tiatives that are very versial in the Jewish nity, of U.S. military action Lieberman's main some analysts say, galvanizin~ moving beyond that and picking up non-Jews, especially Democrats. "Tht you go beyond Grossman said. date has to environmental record seen as having a ground in defense and land issues. has strong campaign, and can inroads with Gor~ ers and donors. However, in Lieberman will find with a disadvantage. He try, another key ency, on issues of the media. His strong ties to play better in the tionthaninthe more liberal And some argue vidual donors from a Jewish cause of his religion, they don't admit it. Lieberman's fers are not yet scrutiny because presidential not yet had to file butions with tions Committee. But insiders say has not yet raised much from outside munity. But he has In deference to a made to Gore to 2000 nominee tried Lieberman has only organized recently. The money he ited. But no one Lieberman to be bythat.An from starting late will up by the goodwill he from ing to his People say they are taking stituencies and no donors for astrong: some tribute. "All fund raising is be difficult," Lieberman supporter." no assumption will just come in."