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Private Money Will Fund Bush Transition

Monday, 27 November 2000 12:00 AM

The Clinton-ruled General Services Administration denied funding to the incoming Bush administration, because of court appeals by Al Gore on Bush's election victory.

"Now that the election results in Florida have been certified in accordance with Florida state law and rulings by the Florida Supreme Court, we believe it is time to get on with the business of organizing a new administration," Cheney said at a news conference.

Cheney continued: "We were disappointed, therefore, when the General Services Administration announced that they will continue to deny us access to taxpayer funds that are specifically appropriated by the Congress and set aside to pay for the transition.

"This is regrettable because we believe the government has an obligation to honor the certified results of the election. We feel it is our obligation to the American people to honor their votes by moving forward and assembling the administration that they've chosen in this election."

Cheney said the transition will file as a Texas nonprofit corporation and seek status as such from the Internal Revenue Service. It will be funded with private contributions. As such, federal law prohibits the transition team from receiving direct and in-kind contributions from individuals, corporations and from political action committees.

"We will accept individual contributions within the limits specified by the [IRS] statute of $5,000.

"We will not accept contributions from corporations or from political action committees. Any goods and services that we receive from corporations will be paid for at fair market value out of transition foundation funds," Cheney said.

Clay Johnson, President-elect Bush's chief of staff in Austin, will head the transition effort. Ari Fleischer will be the press spokesman. Fleischer served as the press spokesman during the Bush campaign.

Office space and location for the transition in Washington will be announced later.

Cheney also addressed the Florida certification and the challenge by the Gore campaign.

"Gov. Bush and I prevailed at each step of the election process in Florida. Now, we have been officially certified in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida and the winners of the state's 25 electoral votes.

"Every vote in Florida has been counted. Every vote in Florida has been recounted. Some have been counted three times.

"Vice President Gore and Sen. Lieberman are apparently still unwilling to accept the outcome, and that is unfortunate," Cheney said.

"Never before in American history," Cheney continued, "has a presidential candidate gone to court to try to change the outcome of an already certified presidential election. Whatever the vice president's decision, it does not change our obligation to prepare to govern this nation."

Cheney served as President Gerald Ford's chief of staff. He also served on the transition team during the incoming Nixon administration in 1969.

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