Bush takes tobacco donations
Gov. George W. Bush, who rejected contributions from tobacco interests as governor, is accepting thousands of dollars from the cigarette industry as a presidential candidate.
According to his latest report, Mr. Bush collected nearly $50,000 from tobacco executives and their spouses in the last three months.
As a candidate for governor in 1994 and 1998, Mr. Bush did not accept donations from tobacco executives or political action committees.
Spokeswoman Karen Hughes said the Bush campaign returned a $5,000 check from the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. political action committee. But she said Mr. Bush was keeping donations from industry executives and lobbyists.