By  on March 4, 1994

WASHINGTON -- Cosmetics executives and political action committees have anted up almost $300,000 in campaign contributions for their favorites in the House and Senate, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Since this is an election year, spending is expected to be on a par with 1992, when outlays hit $484,000.

Democrats have a slight edge over Republicans in contributions during 1993. Influential Congressional committee chairmen who control legislation pertaining to taxes, product testing or regulatory issues, along with home-town representatives, have been winning the biggest contributions.

Of the contribution records checked by WWD at the FEC, Pfizer Inc. of New York so far tops the giving list for 1994 elections at $112,692. No contributions were on file at the FEC from Pfizer chief executive officer Edmund T. Pratt Jr.

Johnson & Johnson came in second with contributions totaling $62,300, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. gave political candidates $25,900, Eli Lilly donated $20,500, American Cyanamid contributed $5,750 and Avon Products Inc. donated $2,500.

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association has so far given $12,888 to political candidates.

Among Pfizer's biggest contributions were $6,000 to Senate Finance Committee chairman Daniel P. Moynihan (D., N.Y.), and $5,000 to Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D., Ill.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Both men chair committees that control tax legislation.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, has so far received $6,050 from Pfizer, according to the FEC. Pfizer has a research branch in Groton, Conn.

Other large Pfizer contributions went to Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R., Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, $4,000; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), ranking Republican on Senate Judiciary and a member of the Senate Labor Committee, $4,000, and Sen. Robert Kerrey (D., Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, $3,500.

Pfizer also gave $2,000 to Rep. Robert Matsui (D., Calif.) and another $2,000 to Rep. Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Pfizer favored Democrats in its political giving, with a total of 57 candidates receiving $64,100, while 48 Republicans got $47,592.

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