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December 26, 2003
Harold Ickes, The Consummate Insider

Hugh Hewitt points out an intriguing profile of the Democrats' Karl Rove, former Clinton Chief of Staff Harold Ickes. Colorful, profane, and driven, Ickes promises to deliver cash -- loads of it -- to the Democratic effort to unseat George Bush through 527 committees.

Now he has emerged as a major power in the Democratic Party, a broker whose media money could make the difference in the 2004 election. When the Supreme Court gave its blessing to the McCain-Feingold law that bans "soft money" — unlimited contributions from corporations, individuals and labor unions — to political parties, Ickes became a player, right up there with his father and namesake, Harold L. Ickes, who served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's Interior secretary — and troubleshooter.

"The Supreme Court just made him one of the 10 most important people in the Democratic Party," said Mike McCurry, Clinton's former press secretary.

Don't miss this article on Ickes, nor Hugh's take on the situation. Hugh thinks that the majority of the fundraising will never be seen this election cycle, and instead will be banked for 2008, when the Democrats have a more reasonable chance of taking the White House -- with Hillary leading the ticket.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 26, 2003 10:53 AM

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