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BENNETT BLASTED FOR FAILING TO FULLY IDENTIFY ’92 DONORS

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A congressional watchdog group has blasted Utah Sen. Robert Bennett for failing to fully identify the donors of more than $126,000 given to his 1992 campaign war chest.

The Republican's federal financial reports for the period often omitted addresses, occupations and employers of individual donors who gave him more than $200, the Center for Responsive Politics charges.However, a Bennett spokeswoman said Thursday that the legally required information was missing from Federal Election Commission reports because donors did not supply it.

The senator has since obtained and filed most of the missing information, said press secretary Mary Jane Collipriest.

Information on donors' occupations and employers indicate what portion of a candidate's contributions is coming from a particular industry or economic interest, said CRP director Ellen Miller.

In the same computer analysis, the nonprofit center found that Rep. Karen Shepherd, D-Utah, left out information on about $26,989 in personal donations above $200 to her 1992 campaign.

For Utah's Rep. Bill Orton, another Democrat, the amount was $6,750, and for Republican Rep. James Hansen, $750.

In all, the center reported, congressional winners last fall gave partial data on nearly $17.8 million in individual contributions.

Even President Clinton did not report donors' occupations or employers for $9.4 million in contributions to his 1992 campaign, the center found. And Republican George Bush's re-election committee omitted the information on $15.2 million.

For Bennett, incompletely reported cash made up about two-thirds of the $190,931 he accepted in large individual donations. The wealthy entrepreneur spent a total of about $4.1 million - most of it coming from political action committees and his personal fortune.