William Lucas, President Bush's nominee as America's new civil rights chief, received $65,000 in consulting fees last year from the Republican National Committee - more than half his earnings - it was disclosed Tuesday.

Lucas' financial disclosure statement, filed with the Office of Government Ethics, also showed that he received another $25,000 from two companies whose leaders benefited from a contract he awarded while serving as the Wayne County, Mich., executive.The statement showed that Lucas, whose nomination has drawn criticism from several civil rights groups who contend he lacks the experience needed for the job, served as a consultant advising the GOP on how to attract more minorities to the party.