Vice President Gore raised close to $120,000 from at least 148 employees of the accounting firm Ernst & Young during the first six months of this year. At least 62 people identifying themselves as BellSouth employees forked over $54,500. Fifty-three workers at Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs sent the vice president $50,750.
And at the White House? Nine employees contributed $8,250, according to an analysis prepared by Public Disclosure Inc. President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton were not among them. The White House did not return a call seeking comment on the first couple's frugality. Among the White House staffers giving to Gore: presidential advisers Douglas B. Sosnik and Ann Lewis; Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Melanne Verveer; and presidential assistant Mickey Ibarra.
Over in the Office of the Vice President, the contribution list includes deputy chief of staff Monica Maples Dixon, deputy counsel Elizabeth Brown, general counsel Charles Burson, senior adviser Michael Feldman and Tipper Gore's chief of staff, Audrey Tayse Haynes.
Some former White House staffers, including former chief of staff Erskine B. Bowles ($1,000) and deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes ($1,000), have registered their support as well. Others may have given amounts below $250, which do not need to be disclosed in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, or may have not listed their employer.
The Clinton Cabinet also has not been a particularly ripe source of cash for Gore so far this year. A computer search of contribution records turned up only Education Secretary Richard W. Riley ($1,000), Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala ($1,000) and outgoing Veterans Affairs Secretary Togo D. West Jr. ($500) as Gore donors.
What of Housing and Urban Development Secretary (and Gore confidant) Andrew M. Cuomo? "The vice president knows that his friend Andrew Cuomo is ready to contribute in any way he can," said Cuomo spokeswoman Ginny Terzano, herself a former Gore aide.
Who will Republicans choose as their candidate to "pillory Hillary" in the New York Senate race? Some of those backing the first lady believe it may not be New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
At a small meeting last week with new fund-raising advisers, one plugged-in backer repeated to Clinton a quote from a top supporter of New York Gov. George E. Pataki: "It's not going to be Rudy." Clinton did not express surprise, sources said. In fact, most of the two dozen attendees agreed.
Pataki has never forgiven the mayor for his 1994 endorsement of incumbent Democratic Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. With Pataki in charge of New York's Republicans, and 85 percent of the votes required from upstate -- well, you do the math.
Has Rudy heard the rumors? "The mayor hasn't announced his intentions," spokesman Bruce Teitelbaum said. "We are assessing the future."
If not Rudy, who will run against Hillary? Rep. Rick Lazio? Rep. Peter T. King? "My guess is Alfonse D'Amato," says one source close to the ex-senator, who was just toppled by Charles E. Schumer. "D'Amato and Pataki are buddies, and they have a mutual enemy." D'Amato could not be reached for comment, but inquisitive pals say he has not denied the prospect.
For now, the Hillary-Hizzoner race is raging -- in the media. The current New Yorker cover depicts Giuliani as a thug about to jump a camera-toting Hillary in Central Park. What does the mayor think? "He hasn't seen it," Teitelbaum said. "He doesn't subscribe to the New Yorker."
Staff writer Ianthe Jeanne Dugan contributed to this report.