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Dobson Won't Back Giuliani

A Giuliani campaign official said last night, "The Mayor was unaware of this connection, but takes it very seriously. He will take a closer look at this and ultimately take the appropriate action."

Edwards campaign spokesman Eric Schultz said, "We did not know about it, and Edwards is now taking action to divest."

Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) have also been outspoken on the subject of genocide in Darfur. They, too, discovered that their holdings included companies doing business in the African nation. But both coupled the release of their disclosure statements with announcements that they had already divested.

Brownback said he took the step because it "sends a tangible signal to Khartoum that the American people will not tolerate genocide."

Obama's campaign released a statement saying that he discovered $180,000 in holdings in the Vanguard Wellington Fund while compiling his presidential disclosure forms and immediately transferred the money.

Sam Bell, director of advocacy at the Genocide Intervention Network, said the candidates should not feel SU:bad -- most Americans who make this discovery "are shocked to find out that they are holding investments that are connected to this genocide."

"No one is trying to point the finger and say, 'How could you have invested?' " Bell said. "We're saying, 'You now have an opportunity to send a clear message.' We think to demonstrate commitment they should put their money where their mouths are."

Also disclosed in the reports was that Edwards was not the only candidate to have invested in Fortress Investment Group, a New York hedge fund. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) invested at least $50,000 in the firm.

-- Matthew Mosk and Derek Willis


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