Clintons Spend Some Time In Arkansas

PRESIDENT Clinton is just plain "Bill" to old friends at Beaver Lake, a rustic vacationland in his home state of Arkansas where he and his family are staying for the next few days.

The Clintons, on their first vacation in more than four years, got here late Aug. 16 after a stop in Tulsa, Okla., where the president addressed the National Governors' Conference.

They started their August sojourn in Vail, Colo., and go on to Martha's Vineyard, off the Massachusetts coast, for the final phase of their meandering holiday.

During their stay in Arkansas, they will be the guests of Jim and Diane Blair, who have known the chief executive and his wife, Hillary, since the early 1970s when Clinton taught law at the University of Arkansas.

More than 400 people gathered to greet the Clintons at Springdale airport, and to most of them it was not "Mr. President" but "Bill."

Mr. Clinton said he planned to "rest and talk to people and just have a good time" during his two-day visit. PACs fuel Senate campaigns

Money from special-interest political-action committees accounted for almost 25 percent of the nearly $25 million raised during the first half of the year for 1994's 34 Senate races, campaign-finance reports show.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D) of New York, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, received $474,027 of the $6 million doled out by the PACs, more than any other candidate.

The Federal Election Commission said contributions during the first half of 1993 were running behind previous years. In the first half of 1989, 45 candidates reported raising $29.3 million and spending $9.6 million.

Other large recipients of special-interest money included Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, who received $445,183 from PACs and $1.13 million in individual donations. Frank Lautenberg (D) of New Jersey and Jim Sasser (D) of Tennessee each received about $365,000 in PAC money, according to the FEC report. Senator Lautenberg also collected $1 million from individuals, and Senator Sasser received $651,366 from individuals.

Several incumbents seeking reelection next year, however, have accepted no PAC money.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts, who is expecting a tough reelection battle, has raised $2.2 million this year, all from contributions from individuals. Maine's Sen. George Mitchell, also a Democrat, collected $1.5 million solely in individual donations.

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