Miers Gave to Both Democrats and Republicans, Records Show

By Nathan Burchfiel | July 7, 2008 | 8:31pm EDT

(Corrects date of Miers' last contribution to a Democrat.)

(CNSNews.com) - Reports that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers donated money to Democratic candidates are true, but it's been 17 years since she supported a Democrat.

Miers, President Bush's pick to succeed Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, donated $1,000 each to Al Gore Jr for President Committee, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen in 1988, according to a website that serves as a clearinghouse for all political donations.

In 1991, Miers began a long streak of donations to Republican candidates with a $500 contribution to Texans for Sessions, a political action committee for Republican Rep. Pete Sessions.

Miers donated $500 to Sessions during the 1994 election cycle.

In the 1996 presidential election, Miers donated $2,000 to Republican candidate Phil Gramm and another $500 to Sessions' reelection campaign.

In 1998, she donated $1,000 to Kay Bailey Hutchison's senate campaign and followed up in 2000 with another $2000. In 2000 she also donated $1,000 to Republican House candidate Jon Newton and $2,000 to George W. Bush's campaign for president.

She also donated $5,000 to the Bush-Cheney recount fund after the contested election. Her only donation since 2000 was a $2,000 donation to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign.

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