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February 24, 2003 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
An obscure nonprofit group is transforming the way campaign mail is sent to California voters by selling access to its discount mail permit. By sending campaign brochures through the Policy Issues Institute in Irvine, political consultants save 15% to 20% on mailing costs because of discounts the U.S. Postal Service gives to nonprofits, according to a solicitation sent out by the institute's paid marketer and political mail guru Bill Butcher.
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February 24, 2003 | Patt Morrison, Times Staff Writer
The Green Party is finding its way toward its fighting weight as a major contender, but the Los Angeles County chapter is agonizing in an internal dispute over money. Party lines are buzzing with reports that former Santa Monica mayor and Green Party leader Michael Feinstein may have commingled state and county party funds, reportedly depositing as much as $30,000 in contributions to the county's Green Party into a private bank account more than a year ago.
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