Did They Get?
President Bush has rewarded
elite 2000 and 2004 donors (23 percent) by appointing them or their
spouses to his 2000 transition team or to one or more federal posts. Of
these 146 big-donor appointees, 99 (70 percent) were 2000 Pioneers who
have had more time than the newcomers to score Bush appointments. Nonetheless
there are 47 appointees who first became elite donors in Bush’s 2004
Bush appointed two elite donors
as cabinet secretaries: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Labor
Secretary Elaine Chao. Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Housing Secretary
Alphonso Jackson took the Pioneer pledge in 2000 but were not recognized
by the campaign for raising the full $100,000.
Bush appointed 24
elite donors as ambassadors. All but two of them were Pioneers
in the 2000 campaign.
President-Elect Bush appointed
elite donors to the transition teams that he established in late
2000. These transition teams helped shape Bush’s cabinet policies and
personnel as he prepared to replace the Clinton administration in January
2001. Thirty-five of these transition-team members were Pioneers in the
2000 election. Elite Bush donors showed the greatest interest in big-business
transition teams, including those for the departments of Commerce (12 elite
donors), Energy (9) and Treasury (8).