Mokhiber: Ari, during the last election cycle, the President accepted
campaign contributions from seven political action committees of seven
I'm wondering, do you think that is ethical?
And shouldn't the dignified thing to do be to give the money back and
say -- since it is not that much money, we are not going to take money
from political action committees of convicted criminals?
And I have a follow-up.
Ari Fleischer: You and I have been through this many times before.
Political action committees comes from corporations -- that's the source
-- come from voluntary contributions of employees of the corporations.
That's the funding source.
Mokhiber: I think you were right the first time.
The follow-up is this -- one of those convicted criminals was General
Electric. And they are lobbying the EPA heavily on a decision of whether
or not to dredge the Hudson River from PCBs. The Governor of New York,
Republican, the Governor of New Jersey, Republican, want the dredging to
happen, even though it is going to cost GE hundreds of millions of
The President has expressed concerns about the dangers of PCBs. How is
he going to come down on it?
Ari Fleischer: I'm not involved and I really have no information on this
specific issue. I'm not sure that is a White House issue. You might want
to check with the agencies.