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LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER If Pennsylvania is a must-have battleground state for Sen. John Kerry, then the four suburban counties flanking Philadelphia could prove his Waterloo. It’s Quinn Gillespie & Associates’ Bruce Andrews‘ job to ensure that doesn’t happen. As political director for the Kerry-Edwards coordinating committee in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties � an area with more than a sixth of the state’s population � Andrews is charged with directing the push to tip the suburbs into the Democratic column in a state where rural Republican and urban Democratic votes roughly cancel each other out. As part of that effort, he’s worked to smooth differences with local officials and the Kerry-Edwards campaign, recruited surrogates to speak on behalf of Kerry, and organized logistics when the candidates have visited in person. Come Election Day, Andrews says he’ll be holed up in the Democrats’ Philadelphia-area “boiler room,” helping gather reports from the roughly 1,000 lawyers who will be monitoring polling stations for the Democratic Party in Greater Philadelphia. “It’s fun to get out of Washington and be around real people who don’t eat and breathe politics,” says the former Arnold & Porter associate. Andrews should be enjoying himself, as he’s taken all his vacation time to spend the month before the election in Pennsylvania. “I don’t know if I’ll even have time for Christmas,” he says with a laugh. His best moment so far? It wasn’t shaking Bill Clinton’s hand at a rally in Philadelphia Oct. 25. Andrews says that thrill was eclipsed by getting to stand backstage at a rally last week in the presence of hair band legend Jon Bon Jovi. � Jason McLure SEEKING PUERTO RICANS Florida’s 650,000-strong Puerto Rican community could potentially tip the balance of the presidential election in this state and, hence, in the country as a whole. But though Puerto Rican immigrants in the Northeastern United States trend heavily Democratic, those in Florida could prove decisive for President George W. Bush. At least that’s what Reed Smith lobbying director Jos� Fuentes hopes. The attorney general of Puerto Rico from 1997 to 2000, Fuentes is spending the week before the election in central Florida helping to coordinate the Bush-Cheney campaign’s 72-hour pre-election get-out-the-vote effort among Hispanics. Fuentes says that central Florida’s Puerto Rican community is made up of newer immigrants who tend to have more traditional, conservative political values than older Puerto Rican communities in New York and Boston. In 2002, 65 percent of Florida’s Puerto Rican vote went to the brother of the state’s governor, Jeb Bush. But Democrats have countered aggressively, with both Sen. John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry addressing Puerto Rican audiences in Florida in recent months. Nor are Republicans taking their support for granted, Fuentes says. In addition to appearances by both Bush brothers, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (formerly a top gun GOP lobbyist at Barbour Griffith & Rogers) and first mom Barbara Bush have courted Puerto Rican audiences for the Bush campaign. “It’s incredible how much interest there is from both parties in this specific bloc of voters,” Fuentes says. In addition to directing the Bush-Cheney ground war, the Republican National Committee delegate from Maryland has taken to the airwaves as a campaign surrogate on local television and radio. Now a resident of Annapolis, Md., Fuentes has raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign, earning the label of Pioneer, and has been active raising money and campaigning for former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez in his tight race for the Florida Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Bob Graham. � Jason McLure TRAINING WHEELS At the end of a workday in late October, 45 lawyer and paralegal volunteers gathered together in Steptoe & Johnson’s basement, to learn, in a two-hour session, how they could help confused or disenfranchised voters on Election Day. Their instructor was Steptoe associate Meredith Rathbone, a newly trained volunteer herself, who firmly told her audience, “You will not be expected to be an expert in election law.” What they would be expected to do is help the voters get to the answers to resolve their issues. The most frequent questions they will get from voters: Where do I vote? Where is my polling place? Rathbone and the volunteers are participants in a project called Election Protection 2004, spearheaded by the nonprofit organizations Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the People for the American Way Foundation, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Jonah Goldman, a Lawyers’ Committee staff attorney, calls it the “most ambitious nonpartisan voter protection program,” which includes 6,000 to 8,000 volunteer lawyers across the country, with 800 to 1,000 of them in the District. Some lawyers are signing up to monitor an election protection hotline, an 800 number manned by volunteers in the District, New York, and San Francisco. Others will be mobile field attorneys, available to asist voters at polling places around the country. Charles Franklin, a D.C associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, has returned to his home state, swing state Ohio, as a mobile field attorney. He says he will be in the Cleveland area to monitor and provide assistance where he can. Hotline volunteer Nancy Cantalupo, an associate in Drinker Biddle & Reath’s D.C. office, says, “I’m involved because I think our election system is incredibly unjust and byzantine. I really think lawyers have an obligation to ameliorate that as much as we can.” Some firms, such as Steptoe and Bingham McCutchen, are heavily involved in the project. Bingham partner Nora Cregan says her firm has 200 volunteers nationwide, including about five in its 40-lawyer D.C. office. They will all get billable hour credit for their pro bono work, Cregan says. Bingham is also hosting the hotline site in San Francisco, says Cregan, who is a Lawyers’ Committee board member. � Christine Hines CLOSE TO HOME When Bruce Ryan joined Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in 1980, he struck up a friendship with another young telecom associate whose older brother was then an attorney and an unsuccessful congressional candidate in Massachusetts. His new friend’s name? Cameron Kerry. A quarter-century later, that friendship has led Ryan � now a partner in the corporate department at the D.C. office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker � to Florida to volunteer on behalf of the presidential campaign of Cameron’s older brother. As he sped across the Howard Franklin Bridge over Tampa Bay last week, Ryan sounded an optimistic note. “The sun is peeking through the clouds, and things are looking up,” he said, referring to both the weather and John Kerry’s chances on Nov. 2. “If the Red Sox can win the Series, than we can win the election.” Ryan came to Florida to volunteer as a poll monitor in sprawling Pinellas County, an area of 600,000 that includes St. Petersburg � and that split its vote nearly evenly in 2000. During the final few days before the election, he’s planning to station himself inside a county election service center in Clearwater to monitor advanced voting. On Tuesday, he’ll be posted 50 feet outside a county polling precinct (as required of out-of-staters by Florida law), armed with cell phone, a BlackBerry, and a book of Florida election law. His duties will be to keep in touch with a Democratic monitor inside the polling place and with local Democratic headquarters, but also might include lawyer-to-lawyer combat with one or more Republican attorneys seeking to question voter credentials. “The goal is to aggressively protect the citizen’s right to vote,” he said. And as for the pre-election Sunday? He’ll be out canvassing. Target number one: an 85-year old woman and registered Pinellas Republican: his mother, Mae Ryan. � Jason McLure COMMAND CENTRAL Marc Elias might not have been exaggerating last week when he said he would be working 24 hours a day until, and maybe after, Election Day. Indeed, as the general counsel for John Kerry and John Edwards’ campaign, Elias was busy working, he said, on the “day-to-day lawyering of the campaign” and the “wind-down period,” preparing for post-election issues. This year, Elias has plenty of company. Because of the tight and litigated presidential race of 2000, “there’s a lot higher level of attention given to preparing for the legal operation on Election Day itself,” Elias said. Unlike most of the thousands of lawyers volunteering and working on the contest, election law is a full-time practice for Elias. In nonpresidential election years, Elias and his firm, Perkins Coie, represent Democratic senatorial campaigns. In addition, his partner Robert Bauer is general counsel to the Democratic National Committee. On Election Day, Elias will not travel to any swing states. He will dispense advice from his D.C. office. “I’ll be up before the first ballot is cast, and I’ll be working all day until the last ballot is cast.” � Christine Hines CAFFEINE & COLUMNISTS Campaigns breed long hours, hard work, and many, many late nights. These conditions are usually accompanied by a lot of junk food and caffeine to energize volunteers. Robert Wood of Barbour Griffith & Rogers is working to support the Bush-Cheney camp with a voter-contact program in Milwaukee. Wood acknowledges that after a couple of weeks on the campaign trail, “It’s a far cry from K Street. You’re back to 20-hour days and living on Diet Cokes and pizza.” Besides the typical long hours and not-so-healthy food, campaigns do offer some surprising incidents. Hogan & Hartson partner Jeffrey Munk volunteered in 2002 for Texas Republican John Cornyn’s bid to fill Phil Gramm’s vacated Senate seat. “When standing at a polling place, you never know who is going to come,” says Munk � who during this election cycle is working on behalf of the Republican National Committee to raise money and turn out volunteers in six Senate races. While staked out at an elementary school in Austin, Texas, Munk came face to face with liberal columnist Molly Ivins. Ivins was on the way to the polls � along with her dog. Presumably, Ivins didn’t vote for Munk’s candidate. “It’s a lot of fun,” Munk says. “It brings home that there are real elections going on.” � Anna Palmer, Influence THE MOUTHPIECE Frank Donatelli describes himself as a “Class B surrogate” for the Republican Party. In the last month, Donatelli, senior vice-president for McGuireWoods Consulting, a lobbying and public relations subsidiary of the law firm, has made four or five television appearances a week on the cable news channels. He debates issues from the Republican perspective. Although he is not an official part of President George W. Bush’s campaign, Donatelli can be counted on to defend the Bush record or rebut claims by Bush’s challenger, Sen. John Kerry, on CNN, Fox, and other cable networks that ask him to. Some of the on-air conversations are “spirited,” while others are more analytical, says Donatelli, who previously served in the Ronald Reagan administration as assistant to the president for political and intergovernmental affairs. Donatelli says his current efforts to speak for the Republicans are separate from his McGuireWoods work. It’s “unbillable personal time,” he says. “We all have our favorite candidates,” Donatelli says. “I’m a supporter of the president.” L.F. Payne, the president of McGuireWoods Consulting, is on the other side. Payne, a retired Virginia congressman, was to return to his old district this past weekend in southern Virginia to stump for Kerry. Payne says he will visit Lynchburg, Danville, Martinsville, and other Virginia towns to spread the Democratic Party’s word. On Election Day, he will be in Charlottesville, where he will visit the polling places. “We think that Senator Kerry will be an excellent president for Virginia,” Payne says. While he admits it’s a long shot for now, Payne adds, “Virginia could be a blue state or moving in that direction.” � Christine Hines OLD HAT The volunteers dropping into the battleground states run the gamut � from San Francisco doctors and Chicago lawyers to Washington lobbyists. Lynn Cutler, a campaign veteran who ran for Congress in Iowa and was a Black Hawk County commissioner for eight years, has been in Waterloo trying to help elect Sen. John Kerry. A senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight, Cutler jetted to her home state after Congress recessed last month. Her biggest responsibility thus far has been recruiting extras to fill out the stage behind Kerry at campaign stops. As he arrived at the Waterloo airport for a recent appearance, Kerry was met by 4,000 people at an airport hangar. The next day, Cutler arranged for a group to stand behind him during a speech on security. On-stage images may be of critical importance in a state that polls show is teetering between Kerry and President George W. Bush. Cutler says that she had seen a lot of diversity among the campaign volunteers, and she tried to keep that in mind as she filled out the stage. She placed local firefighters and union workers in yellow shirts behind Kerry at the airport hangar. For the security speech, Cutler went for a different look. “I worked to get security moms and diversity onstage because sometimes it’s been a lot of guys,” Cutler says. While working on the final details of planning for Kerry’s security speech, Cutler says, she “received a gift.” A set of twin Army Reserve officers � one just back from a tour in Iraq � came into her office in full military garb ready to volunteer. “I put them up [on the stage], and it was pretty astounding. . . . The place went nuts. Everyone was clapping and yelling,” Cutler says. Cutler says she plans to go wherever she is needed until Election Day. And she says she got a boost of confidence when she shared the stage with Kerry at the security speech. She says he took her aside and said, “We’ve got to have Iowa.” � Anna Palmer, Influence BISCUIT BRIBERY Cleta Mitchell says she has seen many amazing things in her election-volunteering efforts. Two years ago, Mitchell, a D.C partner at Foley & Lardner, went to North Carolina to help Republican Elizabeth Dole in her Senate race against Erskine Bowles. She trained observers to watch for irregularities. And they did see a few, she says. At around 6:30 a.m. on Election Day, Mitchell says, one of her volunteer observers went to the polls and saw a man in a van handing out biscuits to voters with $10 bills not-so-discreetly shoved in them. “Well, first we had to call the U.S. Attorney’s Office because it is illegal,” Mitchell says. But by the time the officers arrived on the scene, the man had removed the money and was only “handing out biscuits.” During this election, Mitchell has been busy helping coordinate the Republican National Committee’s “Special Teams.” The teams are sent out to states such as Alaska and South Dakota, where Senate races are in a dead heat. Mitchell, along with Daniel Meyer, vice president of the Duberstein Group, and Jeffrey Munk, a partner at Hogan & Hartson, helped raise the Special Teams’ $750,000 budget and organize volunteers in six key senatorial battleground states. Mitchell is working primarily to train volunteers for the tight races in Oklahoma and Louisiana. She is also running legal teams and has recruited many Hill staffers to work on the campaign. On Election Day, she’ll be monitoring events in Oklahoma, her home. Mitchell says she wants to have volunteers trained and in place to deal with problems like “biscuit bribery” on Election Day. � Anna Palmer, Influence

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