[color=purple]Tsk, tsk, tsk. Just another example of the rich and powerful taking advantage of the poor working man. Don't these people have to feed their families and care for their sick and elderly? And what of their children. Dick, don't cut salaries...do it for the children![/color]

[SIZE=3]Gephardt Asks Campaign Staff to Take Pay Cut [/SIZE]

AP - Friday, November 07, 2003

Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt, facing a huge cash disadvantage against front-runner Howard Dean, has asked his senior staff to take a pay cut.

"We want to make sure we spend the bulk of our resources in the early states on the ground and on the air," said campaign manager Steve Murphy. "This is an effort to make sure we meet those goals."

The news came one day after Dean dealt Gephardt's campaign a huge blow by sealing endorsements from two major unions - the Service Employees International Union, with 1.6 million members, and the 1.5 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Gephardt's presidential bid relies on strong labor support. He has won endorsements from more than 20 unions, including the Teamsters , the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Laborers International Union of North America.

Murphy would not say how many employees took a pay cut nor did he reveal the size of the reductions. He said the campaign has stuck to its budget, including meeting fund-raising goals.

But the budget did not take into account that Dean would raise $25 million by the fall, enough to reject taxpayer money and the spending limits that go with it.

"Howard Dean has spent twice as much money as we did in the last quarter without buying any more (ads), without sending any more mail, without doing more communication. By running a lean, disciplined campaign, we've been able to compete with Howard Dean, even though he's raised considerably more money than we have," Murphy said.

"[b]This is exactly what Al Gore did at almost the same timeframe in 2000[/b]," he said.

Officials with the campaigns of rivals John Kerry and John Edwards said they had no plans to cut pay or budgets.