WASHINGTON — The North Carolina Senate race between Republican Elizabeth Dole and Democrat Erskine Bowles to succeed protectionist GOP Sen. Jesse Helms is a match of textile credentials. Textile-industry giving is almost divided between the candidates, with some companies hedging their bets and giving to both. Fashion firms outside textiles have also placed money in the Dole-Bowles face-off, including Guess, Revlon Inc. and Estée Lauder. Industry contributions listed reflect donations made by company officials in amounts ranging from $250 to the $2,000 limit. So far, Dole has amassed a $12 million war chest and Bowles has raised $7.5 million, making the race one of the most expensive this election, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Elizabeth Dole


Sara Lee Corp.: $2,250

Burlington Industries: $1,201

Glen Raven Mills: $2,000

Parkdale Mills: $2,000

Pharr Yarns Inc.: $1,500

Harriss & Covington Hosiery: $500

Holt Hosiery Mill: $2,000

Unifi Inc.: $1,000

Mayo Knitting Mill: $2,000

Ellis Hosiery Mills Inc.: $1,000

Carolina Mills: $1,000

Robinson Mills: $1,000

Slane Hosiery: $1,000

Belk Stores Inc.: $4,000

Erskine Bowles


Springs Industries: $8,250

VF Corp.: $4,000

Cone Mills: $2,000

Guilford Mills: $6,000

Burlington Industries: $1,000

Parkdale Mills: $3,000

Carolina Hosiery Mills: $1,000

Sara Lee Corp.: $500

Unifi Inc.: $3,000

Saunders Thread Co.: $500

E.J. Snyder & Co.: $2,000

Cannon Country Knitting Mills: $1,000

Belk Stores, Inc.: $8,000

Revlon Inc.: $2,000

Estée Lauder: $2,000

Guess: $2,000

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