WASHINGTON - Draftgore.com, which describes itself as a group of grass-roots Democrats, implored Al Gore, the former vice president, to enter the presidential campaign in a full-page ad it bought in yesterday's
The ad, which says 136,000 people have signed Draftgore.com's online petition, was published two days before this year's Nobel Peace Prize is expected to be announced. Gore has been nominated for the prize because of his campaign to bring attention to global warming.
"America and the Earth need a hero right now - someone who will transcend politics as usual and bring real hope to our country and to the world," Draftgore.com's letter said.
Monica Friedlander, founder and chairwoman of Draftgore.com, said the timing of the $65,000 ad was a coincidence and not related to the prize. Friedlander, 47, a public relations specialist in Oakland, Calif., said the group raised the money for the ad with an e-mail solicitation sent out last week, which received more than 2,000 donations.
Although Gore has said he has no intention of becoming a presidential candidate, several groups around the country are trying to persuade him to enter the race.
But he is guaranteeing himself at least one vote - by giving a supporter a seat by his side at Game 6 of the American League championship series.
"There's nothing more American than baseball, and it doesn't get much better than sitting at Fenway to watch the Red Sox in the playoffs," Dodd, a lifelong Sox fan, said in a statement yesterday announcing the contest. "It's been a long three years since the Sox won the World Series in 2004, but the team is on the winning path once again. My campaign is about getting results, and I'm confident the Red Sox are as well. But they can't do it alone, nor can I, so I am hoping for some help by my side when I cheer them to victory."
Fans can register on Dodd's website and a winner will be chosen on Oct. 18, two days before the scheduled game.
There is a catch: To enter the contest, you have to contribute at least $20.04 or get 24 friends to sign up on Dodd's website.
If the Sox win before Game 6, the winner will get to go to Game 2 of the World Series with Dodd at Fenway.
But if the Cleveland Indians win the series before Game 6, the contest winner gets a less appealing backup prize: A day on the campaign trail with Dodd in Iowa or New Hampshire.
Most of Thompson's assets are in a bank account, pension plans, and a Washington condominium, he disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. The form allows politicians to list a range of values for assets, and Thompson's might be worth as little as $2.7 million.
Thompson's other jobs last year included working as a consultant for Equitas Inc., a company established by Lloyd's of London to protect it from asbestos, natural disaster, and pollution claims stemming from policies sold before 1993.
Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator and lobbyist who formally entered the race last month, is far from the wealthiest candidate in the Republican field. Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is worth as much as $247 million and has lent his campaign more than $17 million.