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