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.Johnson & Johnson's biggest contribution last year -- $5,000 -- went to Sen. Frank Lautenburg (D., N.J.). The company is based in Skillman, N.J.

Johnson & Johnson also gave $2,000 to Sen. John Chafee (R., R.I.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Johnson & Johnson also favored Democrats, with 44 candidates receiving $36,900, while 34 Republicans received a total of $25,400.

The PAC of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., based in New York City, gave almost equally to Republicans and Democrats, with 14 Democrats getting $12,000 and 18 Republicans receiving $13,900.

New Jersey's Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations, Environment and Public Works committees, received the largest donation, $3,000.

Other recipients of Bristol-Myers largesse include Rhode Island's Chaffee, $2,000; Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R., N.Y.), $2,000, and Sen. Lauch Faircloth, (R., N.C.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, $2,000.

Avon Products Inc. gave a total of $2,500 last year, with its largest contribution -- $1,000 -- going to Moynihan.

American Cyanamid gave $3,750 to Democrats and $2,000 to three Republicans. Its largest contributions -- $1,000 each -- went to Lieberman, Sen. Connie Mack (R., Fla.) and Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That panel oversees the Food and Drug Administration and has done investigations of the nation's drug industry.

The PAC of Hercules Inc. gave $4,500 to seven Democrats and $3,500 to three Republicans, with Utah's Hatch receiving the largest contribution of $2,000.

Hatch also received $2,000 from Eli Lilly & Co.'s PAC. The PAC gave a total of $11,500 to 17 Democrats and $9,000 to 10 Republicans.

Eli Lilly also gave $2,000 contributions to Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.), a member of the Senate Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and to Sen. Charles Robb (D., Va.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Cosmetics executives also made political contributions, according to the FEC.Leonard Lauder, Estee Lauder president, gave a total of $5,000, with $1,000 contributions going to Rep. Gary Ackerman (D., N.Y.), Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.), chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, and to Hatch.

His brother, Ronald Lauder, who is chairman of the European Development Co., has given $500 to the Political Club for Growth. Ronald Lauder also is a Lauder board member.

Revlon chairman Ronald Perelman has so far given $12,500 to political candidates. According to the FEC, he has given $7,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; $2,000 to Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), a member of the Nutrition and Forestry and Finance committees; $1,000 to Rostenkowski, and $2,000 to Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D., Ariz.), a member of the Senate Appropriations and Judiciary committees.

Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. chairman Richard R. Rogers has so far given $5,250, primarily to candidates of his home state, Texas.

One recipient of Rogers's generosity was Rep. Martin Frost (D., Texas), who received $500. Frost is a member of the House Rules Committee, the panel that sets the rules of floor debate for legislation.

Unsuccessful Senate candidate Bob Krueger got $500 from Rogers, as did Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Richard Gelb, chief executive officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., has so far given $9,500, according to the FEC. His contributions include $2,000 to Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; $1,000 to the Texas Republican Congressional Committee; $500 to New York's Rangel, and $1,000 to Rhode Island's Chafee.

The Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association gave $5,030 to nine Democrats and $7,850 to 14 Republicans, according to the FEC.

The CTFA's biggest contributions went to Sen. Jim Jefford (R., Vt.), a member of the Labor and Human Resources Committee, $1,000; Rep. Thomas Bliley (R., Va.), an Energy and Commerce Committee member, $1,000; Rep. Roy Rowland (D., Ga.), another Energy and Commerce Committee member, $2,069; Rostenkowski, $1,000; Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Dingell, $1,000, and House Republican Leader Robert Michel (R., Ill.), $1,000.

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