WASHINGTON — Fashion, retailing and cosmetics executives are opening their wallets to contribute to the campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry.
Sears chairman Alan Lacy, Burberry chief executive Rose Marie Bravo and May Co. chairman and ceo Eugene Kahn are among those who have given the maximum $2,000 to Bush’s campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Ralph Lauren, Levi’s president and chief executive Phil Marineau, Guess co-chairman and co-ceo Paul Marciano and Diane von Furstenberg have each donated $2,000 to Kerry, the documents show. The campaign had raised a total of $186.6 million through June.
Other executives who have given the maximum to Kerry include Chanel Inc. president and chief operating officer Arie Kopelman, Revlon president and ceo Jack Stahl, J. Crew chairman and ceo Mickey Drexler, Estée Lauder ceo William Lauder, designer Charles Nolan, Boscov’s president Edwin Lakin, L.L. Bean chairman Leon Gorman, Gap chairman Robert Fisher, Gerard Guez, chairman and ceo of Tarrant Apparel, and Jeffrey Brotman, chairman of Price-Costco.
In addition, Donna Karan has given the maximum $25,000 to the Democratic National Committee, as did the Gap’s Fisher.
Retailers and apparel importers were among Bush’s supporters, according to FEC records.
Hal Upbin, chairman and ceo of Kellwood Co., has given the president $2,000 for his campaign, which raised $228.7 million through the end of last month.
Other retail and fashion industry executives contributing the maximum to Bush’s reelection include Target Corp. ceo Robert Ulrich, Limited Brands chairman and ceo Leslie Wexner, Federated Department Stores ceo Terry Lundgren, Saks Inc. ceo R. Brad Martin, Gap chairman emeritus Donald Fisher, Dillard’s ceo William Dillard, Jockey International president Edward Emma, St. John’s ceo Bob Gray and VF Corp. ceo Mackey McDonald.
Kevin Burke, president and ceo of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, also has given $2,000 to Bush.
Wal-Mart ceo Lee Scott contributed $1,000 to Bush, and a cadre of top officials at the nation’s largest private employer have also been Bush financial supporters. Wal-Mart’s political action committee donated $5,000 to the president’s reelection.
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Jay Allen, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president for corporate affairs, is a Bush activist as well, having raised $100,000 for the president’s reelection, earning the Wal-Mart executive the Republican National Committee’s Pioneer fund-raising designation. Limited Stores ceo Charles Turlinksi also has Pioneer status.
— Joanna Ramey