Utah Democratic Party Taking Tobacco Money

Utah Democratic Party Taking Tobacco Money

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Democratic Party is taking political donations from the tobacco industry.

It's a change newly installed Democratic chief Donald Dunn made after taking over the party last month.

For six years the party refused to accept money from the tobacco industry.

Already Dunn's accepted one-thousand, 500 dollars from tobacco and food giant R.J. Reynolds.

Dunn says it isn't a big deal. Some Utah Democrats have taken tobacco money for their own campaign accounts, and so does the Utah Republican Party.

But Beverly May of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids denounces it and says she'll make Dunn pay a price in criticism.

Dunn was elected Democratic chief on a platform of new blood and more vigorous fund-raising.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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