Few country music big shots seem ready to stake their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the forthcoming presidential mud-wrestle. Particularly their fortunes. But a few have chipped in.
An individual can contribute up to $1,000 per candidate for
the primary election and an additional $1,000 for the general election, a spokeswoman at the Gore 2000 headquarters says.
search through the contribution records filed with the Federal Election Commission on behalf of George W. Bush and Al Gore
turns up these country music-related names:
For Bush -- Joe Bonsall, of the Oak Ridge Boys, $1,000; Blake Mevis, record
producer, $1,000; Loretta Lynn, $2,000; Gary Chapman, entertainer and former TNN variety show host, $2,000; Terry London,
President and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, $1,000; Gary Overton, Vice President and General Manager of EMI Music Publishing,
$1,000; Bill Ham, Chairman of Lonewolf Management and owner of the Hamstein Music Group, $1,000; Doug Howard, Vice President
of A&R for Lyric Street Records, $500.
For Gore -- Frances Preston, President and CEO of BMI and Lifetime Director
of the Country Music Association, $1,000; Ralph Peer II, owner of Peermusic and Lifetime Director of the Country Music Association,
$1,000; Rick Blackburn, former President of Atlantic Records/Nashville, $1,000; Bruce Hinton, Chairman of MCA Records/Nashville,
$1,000; songwriter Randy Goodrum, $1,000; Randy Rayburn, Music Row restaurateur, $1,000; songwriter and performer Marshall
Chapman, $500; writer and songwriter Alice Randall, $500; songwriter Sandy Ramos, $500; Susan Nadler, Senior Vice President
of Asylum Records, $500; Jim Ed Norman, President of Warner/Reprise Records/Nashville, $250; songwriter and performer Bernie
Leadon, $250; Harold Bradley, President of the Nashville Association of Musicians, Local 257, $250.