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* Number of times Governor George W. Bush mentioned campaign finance reform during his nomination acceptance speech: 0.

* Amount of special interest money Vice President Al Gore promised "to get out of our democracy" during his nomination acceptance speech: all of it.

* Amount of special interest money the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised hours later at a fundraiser concert starring Barbra Streisand: $5.2 million.

* Reason given by DNC official why raising that money was consistent with Gore's campaign finance reform goals: it was "hard money" (i.e. campaign contributions subject to contribution limits).

* Amount of additional hard money the DNC and its Republican counterpart are hoping to raise before the 2000 elections: $50 million.

* Hard money already raised through March 30, 2000: $283.3 million.

* Soft money raised by the same point: $166.6 million.

* Proportion of campaign cash raised for the 1996 elections in hard money: 66 percent.

* Amount Gore has gotten from Ernst & Young executives and their families, his top hard money contributor: $130,875.

* Amount Bush has gotten from MBNA America Bank executives and their families, his top hard money contributor: $220,275.

* Proportion of federal hard money donors of $5,000 or more since 1997 who say they personally spoke to a federal elected official over the past year: 54 percent.

* Percent of voters from the general population who did: 9 percent.

For more information (and for detailed sourcing on these statistics) go to www.publicampaign.org.

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