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By Vickie Speek

Huntsman Called Biggest Republican Appointee Donor

WASHINGTON, DC -- Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and the Huntsman family have contributed more money to Republican causes than any other Bush appointee, according to a study from the Brookings Institution. Huntsman, the son of billionaire chemical company founder Jon M. Huntsman, and a former vice president in the company, is a Bush appointee to the position of deputy U.S. trade representative.

The study, which analyzed political contributions made by Bush and Clinton nominees to political office, says the Huntsman family has contributed over $294,500 to political causes, while Huntsman, himself, has contributed over $12,500. Huntsman also gave money to the presidential bids of Bush and Elizabeth Dole, and contributed to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Utah Rep. Chris Cannon and Derek Smith, who lost his congressional bid.

Despite significant contributions and a life-long commitment to the Republican party and its principles, Huntsman has stated he will support whichever political party will provide the most funding for cancer research. He has become a "one-issue man," Huntsman explains - and Democrats seem to be more sensitive to the issue.

Huntsman, a survivor of mouth and prostate cancer, has put $225 million into establishing the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The Institute will expand soon with the addition of a new 6-story hospital next to its current building, but Republicans don't seem to be giving much support, he says.

Huntsman's mother died of breast cancer at age 58 and his father died from prostate cancer at the age of 79.


Huntsman top donor among Bush nominees
Utah co UT Journal (AP) 10Sep01 T2
By Robert Gehrke: Associated Press Writer


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