Owen- a very 'fat cat'?

October 10, 2003

We're confused about this "fat cat" stuff.

Ben Chandler, the Democratic candidate for governor, accused President Bush of stroking the "fat cats" during his visit to Kentucky Thursday. Chandler was making reference to a fund-raiser in Lexington that brought in $1.25 million for the campaign of Ernie Fletcher, the Republican candidate for governor.

According to the Associated Press, about 1,700 people paid $500 or $1,000 each to attend the fund-raiser, which featured a speech by President Bush. Others paid $100 to have their names included in a souvenir program. People who raised or donated $10,000 could have their picture taken with the president.

In other politicking Thursday, Charlie Owen, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, announced that he was donating $500,000 to the Chandler campaign.


"Today I am - for today - contributing $500,000 for this election," Owen said Thursday. "I have arranged with other people to redouble their efforts, and they will match that for a million dollars."

Here's why we're confused.

According to Chandler, people who give a $100, or $500, or $1,000, or $10,000 to an election campaign are "fat cats." If that's the case, what's a person who gives half a million dollars to a campaign?

A multimillionaire trying to buy his way into office?

A very "fat cat"?

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