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DECEMBER 4, 1998   11:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Bill Bradley Presidential Exploratory Committee
Dan Maffei 973 643-7567
 
Bradley Files Presidential Exploratory Committee
 
NEWARK, NJ - December 4 - Bill Bradley, former United States Senator from New Jersey (D), today filed a Statement of Organization for a committee exploring a presidential candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Bill Bradley Presidential Exploratory Committee was formed for the purpose of presidential "testing the waters," Bradley said in his letter to the FEC.

Although federal election law does not require the registration of a committee formed for purely exploratory purposes, Bradley directed the filing "in keeping with the spirit of the law and my own commitment to campaign finance disclosure," he said in the letter. Theodore V. Wells, Jr., a member of the law firm Lowenstein Sandler and a longtime Bradley associate, will serve as Treasurer of the Committee.

"I am considering seeking the Democratic nomination for President in the year 2000," Bradley said in a statement. "I would run to help unleash the enormous potential of the American people. I want to help take that energy and channel it, not only toward further economic vitality, but also toward finishing our agenda of obligations that we have to one another. We can move forward and affirm the basic goodness of the American people. We can realize our potential as workers, citizens and human beings."

Bradley said that the Exploratory Committee would be overseen by Douglas Berman as Chairman and Gina Glantz as Manager. Berman is a longtime associate who managed Bradley's campaign for reelection in 1984. Gina Glantz is the owner of the national consulting firm of Martin & Glantz LLC. Ed Turlington, former Chief of Staff to North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and Bradley's coordinator for the past two years, will serve as Deputy for Politics.

Ways to contact The Bill Bradley
Presidential Exploratory Committee:

Toll-free number: 888 643-9799
By fax: 973 643-5559
E-mail: exploratory@billbradley.net
website: www.billbradley.com

Media Availability on Friday, December 4, 1998, 1:00 PM New Community Corporation Neighborhood Center, Newark

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) will file a letter with the Federal Elections Commission today to form a presidential exploratory committee.

Senator Bradley will make a brief statement and answer questions today at 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the New Community Corporation Neighborhood Center at 56-86 Hayes Street in Newark, New Jersey.

The availability will follow an awards luncheon in the gym, at which Senator Bradley is delivering brief congratulatory remarks to New Community employees. The event starts at 10:45 a.m. Senator Bradley will also speak at the luncheon at 12:25 p.m. Senator Bradley has been a long-time supporter of New Community, a community development corporation in its 30th year of service.

NOTE: No access to the gymnasium is available from 10:45-12:00 during the New Community Corporation award ceremony. Crews arriving during that time must wait outside or in a side-room.

Sound: Senator Bradley will already be microphoned. Mult boxes will be provided both for media availability and for the Senator's luncheon remarks.

Directions to New Community Corporation Neighborhood Center:

Click here to view a street map of the area (this will open a new browser window).

From the New Jersey Turnpike:
Exit 15W to I-280 West. Exit Clifton Avenue. At light, turn left onto Clifton Avenue, which changes its name to Norfolk and then to ** Jones Street. One block past S. Orange Avenue, make a right turn onto 14th Avenue and then the first left onto Hayes Street. (Newark Public Library is on the corner.) Neighborhood Center is on the left - middle of the block.

From Garden State Parkway:
Exit 145 to I-280 East. Exit Newark First Street, making the first right onto First Street as you exit I-280. At W. Market Street, turn left (on corners are: Wendy's, McDonald's, Checkers, UMDNJ). Follow W. Market Street as it curves right and then left to light at Norfolk Street and make a right. Norfolk becomes ** Jones and proceed as above.

From Newark Airport:
N.J. Turnpike North to Exit 15W. (Rt. 280 West). Proceed as above.

Click here to view detailed driving directions from Newark Airport (this will open a new browser window).

Media Parking: Available on the street and in a vacant lot across from the community center. Live/Satellite trucks should park behind the New Community Neighborhood Center gym.

Bill Bradley Presidential Exploratory Committee Team

Douglas C. Berman, Chairman
Douglas Berman has worked with Bill Bradley for more than two decades. Berman managed Bradley's 1984 reelection campaign, and served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Bradley's successful Senate bid in 1978. Berman also managed Jim Florio's successful bid for Governor of New Jersey in 1989, and served as Treasurer for the State of New Jersey from 1990-1992. Most recently, Berman has been President of Campaign for America, a national organization working for federal campaign finance reform, and the founder and President of Airport Satellite Parking, L.L.C. Berman is a graduate of Yale College with a law degree from Columbia University.

Gina Stritzler Glantz, Manager
Gina Glantz is chair of the national consulting firm of Martin & Glantz LLC, which specializes in using grassroots organizing and communications to affect public attitudes on public policy. Among the Martin & Glantz campaigns are Hands Across America and the Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence Against Kids, funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. Prior to the creation of Martin & Glantz in 1985, Ms. Glantz worked as a campaign manager, field director and political consultant on campaigns at the local and national levels. In 1984, Ms. Glantz served as the National Field Director for the Mondale-Ferraro Committee. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff for Essex County, N.J. Executive Peter Shapiro, and as District Administrator to Congressman Andrew Maguire (D-N.J.). Ms. Glantz is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Treasurer
Ted Wells is a member of the law firm Lowenstein Sandler P.C. and one of the most respected litigators in the nation. Wells recently concluded the trial of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy by winning an acquittal for Espy on all 30 counts. He has served as Finance Chairman for Bill Bradley's Senate campaigns as well as U.S. Congressman Donald Payne's campaigns. Wells is former General Counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party and to the New Jersey NAACP. Wells attended the College of Holy Cross and received both his M.B.A. and his J.D. from Harvard University.

Ed Turlington, Deputy Manager
Ed Turlington has spent the last two years coordinating Bill Bradley's activities since Bradley's retirement from the Senate. Prior to joining Bradley, Turlington served as Campaign Manager for North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt's successful reelection campaign in 1996, and as Hunt's Chief of Staff from 1993 to 1996. Turlington also served as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Bob Jordan from 1987 to 1989, Special Assistant/Counsel to U.S. Senator Terry Sanford from 1986-87 and Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1985 to 1986. Turlington is a graduate of Duke University with a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Joyce E. Gresko, Finance Coordinator
Joyce Gresko has been Executive Director of Participation 2000, a political action committee co-chaired by Bill Bradley, former Texas Governor Ann Richards and New Jersey Congressman Robert Menendez. Participation 2000 trains recent college graduates to work in Democratic campaigns. Prior to joining Participation 2000, Ms. Gresko served as Executive Director to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Ms.Gresko has also served as In-State Finance Director for Senator Paul Wellstone's re-election campaign in 1995 and as a fundraiser for Gubernatorial candidates in Washington and Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Daniel B. Maffei, Spokesperson
Dan Maffei rejoins Bill Bradley after serving as his press secretary in 1996. Since Bradley left the Senate, Maffei served as Press Secretary for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and on the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his congressional service, Maffei worked as a television producer and reporter in Syracuse, N.Y. and Watertown, N.Y. Maffei is a graduate of Brown University, and earned a Masters in Journalism from Columbia and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Senior Advisors

Louis B. Susman, Finance
Louis B. Susman is Vice Chairman of Salomon Smith Barney Investment Banking, and a Managing Director. Susman is also a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee. Mr. Susman is responsible for all Investment Banking offices outside of New York City, which include Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers Inc. in June 1989, Mr. Susman was a Senior Partner at the St. Louis-based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell. Susman is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from Washington University.

Betty W. Sapoch, Finance
Betty Sapoch has worked with Bill Bradley since his first run for the U.S. Senate in 1978, as head of his 1978 Princeton campaign office and as Finance Director for his 1984 and 1990 reelection campaigns. Sapoch heads a full service fundraising consulting firm, Sapoch & Co Inc, founded in 1994 and including clients such as the Welfare to Work Partnership, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Sapoch also acted as New York City Finance Director to the Democratic National Committee from 1990 to 1995. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Alex Kroll, Communications
Alex Kroll spent his entire business career in advertising with Young and Rubicam, where he rose from cub copywriter in 1963 to CEO in 1985, retiring as Chairman and CEO at the end of 1994. Kroll served as Chairman both for the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Advertising Council, the organization which produces most of the important public service advertising in the U.S. Under his leadership in 1997, the Council developed and launched a dramatic new strategy which focuses more than a billion dollars worth of donated media each year, for ten years, on the plight and problems of American children. Kroll graduated from Rutgers University, where he was a consensus All-American football player, and is a member of both the National College Football Hall of Fame and the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Mike Becker, Communications
Mike Becker has worked in New York City in advertising for more than 30 years. He joined Young & Rubicam in 1968, left briefly to be Chief Creative Officer at Ted Bates and then Senior Creative Director at BBDO. In 1987, he returned to join Young & Rubicam's subsidiary Wunderman Cato Johnson as Chief Creative Officer Worldwide. In 1996, Mike was invited to join the newly formed Young & Rubicam Inc. Partnership Board. Becker has taught at Pratt Institute, won and judged numerous awards shows, and participated in public service campaigns: Peace Corps, Earth Day, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Operation Welcome Home after the Persian Gulf War, and Teach For America. In September of this year, Becker formed beckercommunications based in New Jersey with a facility in New York City. Becker is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Eric Hauser, Communications
Eric Hauser is the founder and President of The Hauser Group, a strategic public communications firm formed in 1996. Hauser served as Communications Director for Bill Bradley from 1991 to 1995, leaving Bradley to join the Widmeyer Group, a Washington public relations firm. Hauser's service with Bradley was preceded by several other posts in Congress, including Press Secretary to Rep. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Hauser is a graduate of Kenyon College.

Richard J. Codey, New Jersey Senate Democratic Leader
Senator Codey has served in the Legislature since 1974, and was reelected in 1997 to his sixth term in the state Senate. This past January, his colleagues selected him as Senate Minority Leader. Senator Codey has sponsored numerous laws and bills dealing with health care, reducing gun violence, reforming New Jersey's mental health laws, and cracking down on "deadbeat parents." Codey is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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