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The Clinton Corps.

* T.E. Renaud, North Little Rock, chairman of Twin City Bank.

* Mike Beebe, Searcy, lawyer.

* Bobby W. Stephens, Fort Smith, businessman.

* Greg Brown, Benton, banker.

* Jim Pledger, Little Rock, director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

* Sam Bratton, Little Rock, chairman of the state Public A Look at Prominent Arkansas Business Leaders With Connections to Bill Clinton

Who are the business people in Arkansas who are closest to Gov. Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's nominee for president?

The Clinton era in Arkansas politics covers almost two decades. During that time, many of the state's most influential business people have joined the Clinton Corps or butted heads with the governor.

In the waning hours before the presidential election, this may be the most timely list Arkansas Business has published. It also is likely to be the most subjective.

Selecting the top 25 Clinton insiders is simple in comparison with the next 50. The final 100 can be gleaned from lists of campaign contributors, but who is to say that 50 others are not politically or financially connected to Clinton?

James L. "Skip" Rutherford, Clinton's friend and supporter, says without hesitation that there are thousands of business people in Arkansas who could be included on such a list.

There are obvious choices -- people who have known Clinton for years and worked with him on a daily basis -- who are not on the list because there is no business connection. One such person is Betsey Wright, Clinton's longtime aide who first worked with the Arkansas governor in 1972 when the two were on the George McGovern presidential campaign staff in Texas.

The list includes an impressive cross section of business people, from areas throughout the state and from small companies as well as giant, publicly owned corporations.

THE TOP 25

Other than the three major groupings, the list is in no particular order except for the first five mentioned. Hillary Clinton, Bruce Lindsey, Jim Blair, Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty and Richard Herget Jr. are definitely among Clinton's closest allies. Most of the 25 have been with Clinton at least since his first race for governor in 1978, if not years before.

HILLARY CLINTON

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Rose Law Firm

Connection: At first glance, it might seem out of place to include Clinton's wife in such a compilation, but she is without a doubt his closest confidant. And her business credentials are impressive on her own merits. She is a senior partner with the well-known Rose Law Firm and has served on the boards of such Arkansas companies as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and TCBY Enterprises Inc.

BRUCE LINDSEY

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Connection: Lindsey is a partner with the powerful law firm of Wright Lindsey & Jennings. When Clinton lost the 1980 gubernatorial election to Frank White, the governor spent the next two years with Lindsey's firm. Lindsey, now the presidential campaign's director, serves as liaison between officials in the Little Rock campaign headquarters and those on the road. He travels extensively with Clinton. He and his wife, Bev, are long-time friends of Sen. Al Gore and his wife, Tipper. When Clinton chose Gore as his running mate, Lindsey was the only other person in the room. Bev oversaw Clinton's debate preparation.

THOMAS F. "MACK" MCLARTY

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Chairman, Arkla Inc.

Connection: McClarty's friendship with Clinton began in kindergarten during the early 1950s in Hope, Clinton's birthplace. Their paths crossed again in 1963 at Boys State, where McLarty won the race for governor and Clinton, then a junior at Hot Springs High School, became a delegate to Boys Nation. It was at Boys Nation where Clinton met President John F. Kennedy and his dreams of becoming a politician were crystallized. It was McLarty who introduced Bill and Hillary Clinton to President Jimmy Carter. McLarty is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council, an inner circle of Little Rock business associates.

JIM BLAIR

City: Springdale

Occupation: General Counsel, Tyson Foods Inc.

Connection: Blair is one of Clinton's closest friends. Clinton has described him as being "like a brother." John Brummett, political editor for Arkansas Times, recalls attending a dinner at the governor's mansion when, late in the night, "in walks Jim Blair, just like he always hung out there. So he's real close |to Clinton~." Actually, Blair's wife, Dr. Diane Blair, an author and political science professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, probably was a Clinton supporter before Jim. She is on a leave of absence from the university to serve on Clinton's campaign staff. Blair is on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

RICHARD HERGET JR.

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Vice Chairman, Rebsamen Insurance Co.

Connection: Herget's Clinton connection dates back to 1976, when Herget served on the finance committee for Clinton's race for attorney general. He was vice chairman of the finance committee in Clinton's first gubernatorial race in 1978 and campaign manager in 1980. Clinton appointed him to the board of trustees at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and to the Foundation for the Mid-South. Herget also is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council, which sponsored a $5,000-a-plate fund-raiser at the Arkansas Excelsior Hotel. The event raised $2 million.

JAMES L. "SKIP" RUTHERFORD

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Assistant Campaign Manager, Clinton-Gore Campaign

Connection: Rutherford is a close friend and longtime member of the Clinton inner circle. In September, Rutherford resigned his position as vice president for public and governmental affairs at Arkla Inc. to coordinate the state-by-state campaign efforts for Clinton. He is a former Democratic state chairman and a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

CURT BRADBURY

City: Little Rock

Occupation: CEO, Worthen Banking Corp.

Connection: Bradbury has been a staunch Clinton supporter ever since his move from Stephens Inc. to Worthen Banking Corp., the state's largest bank-holding company. Clinton appointed Bradbury to the state Board of Higher Education. He was one of only seven Arkansas business executives invited by Clinton to Chicago for an October briefing of his economic plans to some of the country's chief executives. Joining the heads of companies such as The Goldman Sachs Group, Sara Lee Corp. and Zenith Electronics Corp. were Bradbury, McLarty, Herget, Don Munro, Bill Bowen, Mark Grobmyer and Truman Arnold. Bradbury is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

BILL BOWEN

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Chief of Staff, Governor's Office

Connection: The governor chose Bowen to head his staff after Bowen retired as chairman of First Commercial Corp. The former banker and lawyer has done a yeoman's job in smoothing out difficulties between Clinton's staff and that of Lt. Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, who acts as governor when Clinton is out of state. He also has kept a relatively low profile since being named chief of staff in September 1991. Bowen's association with Clinton goes back to his first gubernatorial race in 1978. Bowen was a member of the Little Rock law firm Mehaffy Smith & Williams (now Friday Eldredge & Clark) before entering the banking industry in 1971 as president of Commercial National Bank of Little Rock.

CARL WHILLOCK

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Chairman, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc.

Connection: Whillock is one of Clinton's longtime, faithful supporters. But he is not always out front as others are. He was one of Clinton's earliest supporters in Arkansas, getting to know him when Clinton was a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Whillock was vice president of the school. There is a tremendous attachment between the two. When times are bad, Clinton often turns to Whillock, one political observer says. When Clinton left office after losing to Frank White in 1980, "I think he cried on Whillock's shoulder," the observer says.

RODNEY SLATER

City: Jonesboro

Occupation: Lawyer; Vice President, Arkansas State University

Connection: One insider notes that Slater and Bruce Lindsey have not left Clinton's side since the campaign began. Slater is on leave from his position as vice president at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro to work in a minority affairs capacity in Clinton's campaign. A native of Marianna, Slater graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He attended SIU on an academic scholarship but also started on the football team. He obtained his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1980.

MAURICE MITCHELL

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard

Connection: Mitchell is the patriarchal partner in the Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard law firm. He's a very well-liked, longtime Democrat who has been a friend of Clinton's for years. Mitchell is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

WEBB HUBBELL

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Rose Law Firm

Connection: Hubbell is a senior partner in the Rose Law Firm, where Hillary Clinton plies her trade. Hubbell's career highlights range from being an outstanding offensive lineman for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville football team to serving as Little Rock's mayor. Clinton appointed Hubbell to fill a short-term vacancy on the state Supreme Court. For years, he has been close to Clinton and Hillary.

MARK GROBMYER

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Arnold Grobmyer & Haley

Connection: Grobmyer, a partner in the law firm of Arnold Grobmyer & Haley, often works with Stephens Inc. Many members of that Little Rock investment banking firm have been major contributors to Clinton's presidential campaign. Grobmyer and his wife, Libby, also are longtime friends of Sen. Al Gore and his wife, Tipper. Libby Grobmyer was a childhood friend of Tipper Gore. Grobmyer is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

JERRY MAULDEN

City: Little Rock

Occupation: CEO, Arkansas Power & Light Co.

Connection: Despite some of Clinton's difficulties with AP&L, such as the much-publicized Grand Gulf case, Maulden has been a major Clinton fund-raiser. In recent years, he has developed a good relationship with Clinton and has been described as a Clinton confidant. Maulden is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

DON MUNRO

City: Hot Springs

Occupation: Owner, Munro & Co.

Connection: Munro is one of the richest men in the state with an estimated wealth of $40 million, although he asserts it is much less. His shoe company operates seven plants in the state. He has been instrumental in helping Clinton's efforts in Garland County.

WARREN STEPHENS

City: Little Rock

Occupation: CEO, Stephens Inc.

Connection: At 35, Warren Stephens runs the investment banking firm made famous by his father, Jack Stephens, and his late uncle, W.R. "Witt" Stephens. Stephens Inc. has raised more than $40,000 for the Clinton presidential campaign, collectively and through its employees. By some accounts, that total is more than $100,000. While Jack Stephens has been more of a supporter of Republican candidates nationally and in Arkansas, Warren Stephens began an association with Clinton years ago.

MARK MIDDLETON

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Southern Finance Director, Democratic Party

Connection: Middleton left the Little Rock law firm Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard to join the Clinton campaign staff in August 1991 as the Arkansas finance chairman. Now the Southern Finance Director for the Democratic Party, Middleton, 29, has become known as the whiz kid behind a fund-raising effort that should top $60 million in contributions. He is the coordinator of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council. Counting contributions to the Democratic National Committee Victory Fund, Middleton and his staff have raised almost $4 million in Arkansas.

DAVID WATKINS

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Investor

Connection: A longtime Clinton friend, Watkins is the campaign's director of operations, the detail man in charge of the budget. He has made the advertising placements for the campaign. It was Watkins who had the brainstorm to get a bridge loan from Worthen National Bank of Arkansas based on the funds the campaign was certain to get -- the $55 million from the federal government when Clinton officially became the Democratic Party nominee. Watkins also secured World Wide Travel Service Inc. of Little Rock to handle the nationwide campaign travel plans. Sources say the former advertising executive made millions in the telecommunications industry.

RICHARD MAYS

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: Mays has been with Clinton almost since the beginning of the governor's political career. He also was appointed by Clinton to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Mays has spent much of the past year as a major campaigner and fund-raiser, working day and night this summer. He organized a fund-raiser for the black community in Washington, D.C., that brought in more than $500,000. Mays is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

TRUMAN ARNOLD

City: Texarkana

Occupation: Owner, Truman Arnold Cos.

Connection: Arnold is the founder of the Roadrunner convenience store chain, which he sold to a Colorado firm. He's been one of the biggest benefactors to Clinton's campaigns over the years. He was one of the speakers at the Chicago meeting of national CEOs in October.

ROCKY WILLMUTH

City: Batesville

Occupation: Owner, General Oil Co.

Connection: Willmuth has been a large contributor to Clinton campaigns for years. Willmuth gave Clinton's brother, Roger, his first job after Roger served time for a felony drug conviction.

MAURICE SMITH

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Director, Highway and Transportation Department

Connection: Smith has been Clinton's finance chairman in other campaigns and was Clinton's chief of staff in 1983-84. Smith has been described as a father figure to Clinton, whose father died in an automobile accident three months before Clinton was born. Smith is a longtime state politician, one of the few to make the transition from the days of Gov. Orval Faubus.

L.W. "BILL" CLARK

City: Hot Springs

Occupation: President, L.W. Clark Inc., Burgo Inc.

Connection: Clarksville native L.W. "Bill" Clark and his family once operated a wood products business in Fordyce. He began his support of Clinton in the 1980 campaign when he was asked to aid the governor because a staffer had alienated the timber industry on the clear-cut issue. Clark has served on the governor's staff. He was an appointee to the state Highway and Transportation and state Racing commissions. Clark's Burgo Inc. operates Burger King franchises.

WOODSON WALKER

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: Walker was the vice chairman of Clinton's 1980 gubernatorial campaign. He served seven years as a Clinton appointee to the state Board of Corrections, most of the time as chairman. He's on the board of Arkansas Power & Light Co. and Worthen National Bank of Arkansas.

ROY MURPHY

City: Hot Springs

Occupation: Chairman, Mid-South Engineering

Connection: He has been a Clinton supporter from day one. He's a distant relative of Clinton, related by marriage. He's on the boards of Arkansas Power & Light Co. and Arkansas Bank and Trust. He's also a member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Board of Visitors.

The Fabulous 50

These business connections may not be as close as the top 25, but they include tycoons whose wealth ranks among the top 25 in the country.

CHARLES MURPHY

City: El Dorado

Occupation: Chairman, Murphy Oil Co.

Connection: Although he's supported Republicans over the years, he has always admired Clinton, especially for his educational reforms. He's been outspoken in his support of greater funding for education and for school-based health clinics.

BOB CABE

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Senior Vice President/External Affairs, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Connection: Cabe, a former lawyer with Wright Lindsey & Jennings, is a longtime supporter of Clinton. His wife, Gloria, also has supported Clinton for years and was his campaign manager in 1990.

HERSCHEL FRIDAY

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Friday Eldredge & Clark

Connection: A longtime friend and supporter of Clinton's he is the incoming president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. A partner in the Friday Eldredge & Clark law firm, Friday is possibly the most well-placed professional in Arkansas because of his position as a director on prestigious companies' boards throughout the country. He's on the board of directors of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in St. Louis, Union Pacific Railroad Co., First Commercial Corp., Great Lakes Chemical Co. and Dillard Department Stores Inc. He is the legal counsel for Oaklawn Park, chairman of the Board of Visitors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

ARK MONROE

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard

Connection: A former administrative aide to Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., Monroe was appointed by Clinton as the state insurance commissioner during the 1980s, a position where he was very highly regarded. He is a cousin of Al Gore. He is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

HERBIE BRANSCUM

City: Perryville

Occupation: Banker

Connection: He is a longtime friend and fund-raiser for previous Clinton campaigns. When Clinton had to respond to Sheffield Nelson's "tax and spend" advertisements in the 1990 gubernatorial campaign, Branscum's bank supplied Clinton with a much-needed short-term $100,000 loan. He's a Clinton appointee to the state Highway and Transportation Commission.

BOB NASH

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Director, Arkansas Development Finance Authority

Connection: Nash is another Clinton appointee to the Foundation for the Mid-South, which deals with education and the condition of people in the Delta region. Those are two of the subjects closest to Clinton's heart.

JOHN ALLISON

City: Conway

Occupation: Chairman, Spirit Homes Inc.

Connection: Allison has become a multimillionaire in the mobile home business and has been a longtime Clinton supporter. Clinton appointed him to the board of trustees at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Allison's alma mater. He's also on the board of First Commercial Corp.

JAY BRADFORD

City: Pine Bluff

Occupation: Chairman, First Arkansas Insurance

Connection: He is a state senator and, with Bob Hoffman, has been a major Clinton supporter in southeast Arkansas.

MARLIN D. JACKSON

City: Conway

Occupation: Banker

Connection: He is chairman of Worthen National Bank in Conway and an owner of Security Bank of Paragould. Clinton appointed him commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department, in which he served from 1983-87.

RUDY MOORE JR.

City: Fayetteville

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: Moore was Clinton's chief of staff during his first term as governor from 1979-80.

DOUG BUFORD

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Connection: Also a certified public accountant, Buford is a specialist on taxation and has been a longtime advisor to Clinton on fiscal and tax matters. He is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

ARCHIE SCHAFFER III

City: Springdale

Occupation: Public Affairs Director, Tyson Foods Inc.

Connection: He's a former executive director of the Arkansas Business Council, better known as the Good Suit Club, which was a driving force in raising funds for educational issues in the state. The organization included the creme de la creme of Arkansas' business executives. Clinton prides himself on his educational reforms in Arkansas. Schaffer is a nephew and close political adviser to Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark.

CHARLES MORGAN

City: Conway

Occupation: Chairman and CEO, Acxiom Corp.

Connection: Morgan is a very close associate and major contributor to Clinton. The ties were strengthened when Morgan was in the Arkansas Business Council.

MELVYN BELL

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Founder, Environmental Systems Co.

Connection: Bell has been a major backer of Clinton, but since his financial troubles in the past few years the association is not as close. When he was chairman and CEO of Ensco, Bell was very involved in national Democratic politics.

RICHARD BELL

City: Stuttgart

Occupation: President and CEO, Riceland Foods Inc.

Connection: Bell was a member of the prestigious Arkansas Business Council, which supported Clinton's educational reforms heavily.

JODIE MAHONEY

City: El Dorado

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: He is a state representative and was also a member of the Arkansas Business Council. With David Matthews, Mahoney has been the staunchest supporter for Clinton's legislative issues.

DAVID MATTHEWS

City: Fayetteville

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: A former state representative, Matthews was a sponsor of most of Clinton's legislative reform packages in education. He also was instrumental in campaigning for Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. His association goes back to Clinton's days as a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the 1970s.

J.B. HUNT

City: Fayetteville

Occupation: Chairman, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Connection: Hunt is worth an estimated $200 million, placing him among the 15 wealthiest Arkansans. He was a member of the Arkansas Business Council. He's also a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, a Who's Who of business tycoons in that area. But many of them are almost apolitical because they believe politics tends to get in the way of their entrepreneurial interests. They have wanted Arkansas to have the business climate to allow their firms to grow, hence their fondness for Clinton and his pro-business stands.

DAVID GLASS

City: Bentonville

Occupation: CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Connection: While the Waltons have been contributors to Clinton, Glass has been a close associate and advisor through the years to Bill and Hillary Clinton on issues relating to business and fiscal affairs.

ALICE WALTON

City: Lowell

Occupation: President, Llama Co.

Connection: The daughter of the late Sam Walton, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder, Alice and her mother, Helen, are by far the wealthiest women in Arkansas and among the wealthiest women in the country. She and brothers S. Robson Walton, John T. Walton and Jim C. Walton, her mother, and her uncle, James L. "Bud" Walton, share in the family's $23 billion fortune. She directs the Llama Co. of Fayetteville, a stock broker-dealer firm that was created in 1988. Alice has raised money "in million-dollar hunks," according to Newsweek. Alice conducted a major fund-raiser in New York City a week before the New York primary, a very difficult time in her life because it was only four days before her father died.

S. ROBSON WALTON

City: Bentonville

Occupation: Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Connection: Walton followed his father as chairman of Wal-Mart and has been a longtime supporter of Clinton, especially in educational and economic issues.

JOHN COOPER JR.

City: Bella Vista

Occupation: Founder, Cooper Communities Inc.

Connection: Another member of the Arkansas Business Council, Cooper's fortune is estimated at $20 million. He's on the boards of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., Entergy Operations Inc. and Arkansas Power & Light Co. He supported Frank White against Clinton, but has since been a longtime supporter of the governor in the retirement community. He also is a major fund-raiser.

H.L. HEMBREE

City: Fort Smith

Occupation: Founder, Arkansas Best Corp.

Connection: Hembree has amassed a fortune estimated at $20 million with Arkansas Best. He's on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and is national treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also an Arkansas Business Council member.

DAVID DUBBELL

City: Springdale

Occupation: President, Pel-Freez Corporate Biological Foods

Connection: He has been a strong supporter for Clinton in northwest Arkansas and was appointed by Clinton to the state Board of Education.

R.L. QUALLS

City: Fort Smith

Occupation: President, Baldor Electric Co.

Connection: Clinton appointed Qualls to head the Department of Finance and Administration in the governor's first term, 1979-80. Qualls headed Clinton's 1990 campaign in the Republican stronghold of Sebastian County, a county which Clinton carried.

DON TYSON

City: Springdale

Occupation: Chairman, Tyson Foods Inc.

Connection: Tyson is the unchallenged potentate of poultry in America, leading Tyson Foods to almost $4 billion in sales in 1991. He has very strong links with the Good Suit Club, a group of influential Arkansas businessmen and other leaders who have been very supportive of Clinton. Tyson, who has a personal fortune estimated at more than $750 million, has probably been a closer associate of Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., but still has been a Clinton supporter.

MIKE WILSON

City: Wilson

Occupation: CEO, Lee Wilson & Co.

Connection: In Mississippi County alone, his company oversees about 24,000 acres of farmland. Arkansas Times has estimated his worth at $24 million, although it is difficult to estimate his family's wealth. Wilson is a major supporter of Arkansas College at Batesville and Arkansas State University. He and his family have been agri-business supporters of Clinton for years. His membership in the Arkansas Business Council also emphasizes his support of education in Arkansas.

KAY ARNOLD

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Vice President/Communications, Arkansas Power & Light Co.

Connection: Kay Arnold is the wife of Richard Arnold, a U.S. Appeals Court judge. She's a longtime supporter and friend of Clinton and a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

BILL HURT JR.

City: Jonesboro

Occupation: Part-Owner and Chairman, Sun Industries

Connection: Hurt has been a major contributor and fund-raiser for Clinton. He's on the board of Citizens Bank of Jonesboro and Spirit Manufacturing Inc.

HARRY TRUMAN MOORE

City: Paragould

Occupation: Lawyer

Connection: Moore is secretary of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. He's been a major Clinton supporter in northeast Arkansas.

WELDON CHESSER

City: Paragould

Occupation: Business owner

Connection: At times, Chesser has worked full-time for Clinton during legislative sessions. He's been a traveling companion with Clinton during several of his gubernatorial campaigns. Chesser owns a convenience store and liquor store in Paragould.

BILL NOLAN JR.

City: El Dorado

Occupation: Lawyer, Nolan & Anderson

Connection: Nolan is on the boards of First Commercial Corp., Arkansas Power & Light Co. and Murphy Oil Co. He's a nephew of Charles Murphy of Murphy Oil Co. He's been a major fund-raiser and a solid Clinton influence in south Arkansas.

BOB PUGH

City: Portland

Occupation: Planter, Cotton Ginner and Banker

Connection: Pugh has been on the boards of Arkansas Power & Light, Entergy Operations and Worthen National Bank of Pine Bluff. He's been a close associate of Clinton's for years.

PAUL BERRY

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Senior Vice President, Union National Bank

Connection: He has been Herbert Hall McAdams' administrative assistant and has been very close to Clinton through the years.

HERBERT HALL MCADAMS II

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Chairman Emeritus and CEO, Union of Arkansas Corp.

Connection: McAdams and his wife, Sheila, have been major contributors to Clinton. At 74, he is one of the wealthiest men in Arkansas, worth an estimated $30 million. He graduated from Northwestern University at Chicago. He attended Harvard University at Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School. He owns Citizen's National Bank in Jonesboro and in 1970 acquired Union National Bank in Little Rock.

VINCENT FOSTER

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Rose Law Firm

Connection: Another senior partner in the Rose Law Firm, Foster and Webb Hubbell are probably Hillary Clinton's closest friends at the firm, where she is also a senior partner. The three often took time to have lunch together. He is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

LIB CARLISLE

City: Benton

Occupation: Insurance Executive

Connection: Carlisle has served as chairman of the state Democratic Party for a time during Clinton's terms as governor. He's a longtime Democratic Party operative and a staunch supporter of Clinton from his early years as governor. He was a founder of Friends of Bill, an organization that has traveled throughout the country supporting Clinton.

MORRIS HENRY

City: Fayetteville

Occupation: Physician, Lawyer

Connection: He and his wife, Ann, a professor at the University of Arkansas, have been very close with Clinton since his days at Fayetteville.

JAMES T. DYKE

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Chairman and CEO, Dyke Industries

Connection: A Yale Law graduate and friend of Clinton, Dyke was director of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, preceding current director Dave Harrington. Along with directing his building supply firm, Dyke is a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

GARY SMITH

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Senior Vice President, Worthen Banking Corp.

Connection: An administrative assistant for Curt Bradbury at Worthen Bank Corp., Smith has assisted Clinton in several campaigns. He was an assistant to James Dyke at the AIDC. He is also a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

JERRY BOOKOUT

City: Jonesboro

Occupation: Owner, Bookout Monument Co.

Connection: Bookout is a state senator who has been a floor leader for Clinton's legislative programs.

JOHN MILLER

City: Melbourne

Occupation: Insurance and Real Estate Executive

Connection: He's a state representative who also has been a floor leader for Clinton's programs.

WOODY BASSETT

City: Fayetteville

Occupation: Lawyer, Bassett Law Firm

Connection: He has been a close supporter of Clinton probably as far back as Clinton's campaign against Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, R-Ark., in 1976.

HAROLD IVES

City: Stuttgart

Occupation: Owner, Harold Ives Trucking Co.

Connection: Ives has been a major contributor to Clinton campaigns since his second race with Frank White. He was appointed by Clinton to the state Game & Fish Commission.

NATE COULTER

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Connection: He is now managing the campaign of Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., but he has served on Clinton's staff in past years.

DICK FINCH

City: Romance

Occupation: Owner, Carl Finch Co. in Little Rock

Connection: He has been a traveling companion with Clinton during several gubernatorial campaigns. He has been a floor worker for the governor's legislative staff.

DR. FRANK KUMPURIS

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Retired Surgeon

Connection: Kumpuris became involved in the Clinton campaign in 1982 and has supported Clinton since. He serves as a Clinton appointee to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

DR. DREW KUMPURIS

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Specialist, Cardiovascular Diseases

Connection: He is Clinton's physician. He's been a supporter and contributor to Clinton's campaigns for years.

WILLIAM "BILL" CLARK

City: Little Rock

Occupation: President, CDI Construction Co.

Connection: Clark was a major fund-raiser in the 1990 gubernatorial campaign and served on the finance campaign. CDI is the construction arm for Dillard Department Stores Inc., building many of its stores throughout the country.

WILLIAM KENNEDY JR.

City: Little Rock

Occupation: Lawyer, Rose Law Firm

Connection: Kennedy is one of the close advisors to the Clintons at the Rose firm, where he is a senior partner.

The Hot 100

Many of these 100 business people consistently appear as campaign contributors for Clinton. But for many of them, there may be no other connection.

* Joe M. Smreker, Fort Smith, businessman. He's been a Clinton supporter for years. Clinton appointed him to the state Racing Commission, which he chairs. He has been a major Clinton leader in normally Republican Sebastian County.

* Bob Hoffman, Pine Bluff, insurance executive. He is probably one of the two biggest Clinton supporters in Pine Bluff, along with Jay Bradford. Hoffman is a former state legislator who backed many of Clinton's programs in the General Assembly.

* Earl Jones, Texarkana, free-lance lobbyist. He has been closer to the Clinton effort in the past, but that association probably has declined in the past few years. Jones is a close associate of Truman Arnold in Texarkana.

* Brad Jesson, Fort Smith, lawyer. He has been a long-time supporter of Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., but has also supported Clinton.

* W.H. "Bill" Brandon, Helena, chairman and CEO of First National Bank of Phillips County. He's also the president of the American Bankers Association this year.

* Bobby Hopper, Springdale, automobile dealer. He was a Clinton appointee to the state Highway and Transportation Commission.

* Ron Harrod, Prescott, insurance executive. Clinton appointed Harrod to the state Highway and Transportation Commission, where he currently serves as chairman.

* Philip Anderson, Little Rock, lawyer, Williams & Anderson. Anderson, a partner in the Williams & Anderson law firm, was formerly at the Wright Lindsey & Jennings firm. There he persuaded the partners to add Clinton to the firm after losing the gubernatorial race to Frank White in 1980.

* Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Los Angeles, television producers. Although the Thomasons reside in California, Harry Thomason is a Hampton native and Linda, from Poplar Bluff, Mo., claims Arkansas her adopted home. They recently bought a Treetops condominium in Little Rock. They are responsible for such CBS hits as "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade." They have been instrumental in introducing Clinton to influential Californians who have become major supporters of his campaigns.

* Wayne Cranford, Little Rock, chairman of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, an advertising and public relations firm. Along with David Watkins, Cranford has been a local source to the campaign on advertising issues. He's a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council.

* Walter Smiley, Little Rock, founder of Systematics Information Services Inc. He's been supportive of the governor on educational issues. He has been instrumental, along with Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, in putting together an effort to place computers in every school district in Arkansas.

* William "Buddy" Sutton, Little Rock, lawyer, Friday Eldredge & Clark. He is also the chairman of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and attends Immanuel Baptist Church, where Bill Clinton belongs.

* Dave Harrington, Little Rock, director, Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. He was appointed to direct the AIDC by Clinton. Harrington has played a major role in Clinton's economic policies. He also attends Immanuel Baptist with Clinton.

* Russ Meeks, Little Rock, lawyer, Meeks & Carter. He has been making campaign trips for Clinton during the presidential campaign. He is also a member at Immanuel Baptist Church.

* Russell Harrington Jr., Little Rock, president, Baptist Medical System. He's been a Clinton supporter over the years and is also a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

* E.J. Ball, Fayetteville, lawyer. He has been a Clinton friend and supporter since Clinton's days at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Law School. He's been a close advisor through the years.

* Allen Bird II, Little Rock, lawyer, Rose Law Firm. He is another of the friends and supporters of the Clintons at the Rose firm, where Hillary Clinton is a senior partner.

* Bill Dillard II, Little Rock, president and COO, Dillard Department Stores Inc. Clinton was extremely pleased when the Dillards decided to keep the firm's headquarters in Arkansas and not move it to Texas, as had been feared several years ago.

* James T. "Red" Hudson, Rogers, founder of Hudson Foods Inc. In 1972, the Pine Bluff native and employee of Ralston Purina Co. acquired Purina's broiler holdings and started Hudson Foods.

* Larry Wallace, Little Rock, lawyer. He's a member of the inner circle of fund-raisers known as the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council. He's served on Clinton finance committees in the past and has been a contributor.

* Frank Hickingbotham, Little Rock, chairman of TCBY Enterprises Inc. In the early 1980s, Hickingbotham founded TCBY with one store in Little Rock and has nurtured it into the largest and most recognizable frozen yogurt company in the world. He chose Hillary Clinton to serve on the TCBY board of directors.

* James Gaston, Lakeview, owner of Gaston's White River Resort. He has been a leader for Clinton in the tourism industry. He serves on the state Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission.

* Bob Lamb, Fayetteville, vice president of Southwestern Energy Co. He was the longtime head of the state Chamber of Commerce.

* Ben Allen, Little Rock, owner of National Holding Co. He's a former state senator and a member of the Clinton-Gore Arkansas Finance Council. He personally gave $4,500 to Clinton's campaigns in 1986 and 1990.

* William "Bill" Cravens, Little Rock, certified public accountant. He's a former CEO of both First Commercial Bank and Worthen National Bank of Arkansas. And he's a longtime supporter of Clinton, even through the Frank White races.

* Leslie Singer, Little Rock, owner of Leslie Singer Advertising, and his wife, Connie Fails, owner of Connie Fails Original Clothing. They have been friends and contributors to the Clintons since 1978. Connie designed Hillary Clinton's first inaugural gown. Connie and Leslie's daughter, Hannah, traveled to California with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and Mary Steenburgen and her daughter, Lilly, last year. It was an excursion that the group had hoped would be an annual event. Clinton's decision to run for the presidency has at least put those expectations on hold.

* Mike Coulson, Little Rock, president of Coulson Oil Co. He has been a longtime supporter of Clinton.

* Lu Hardin, Russellville, lawyer and professor of business at Arkansas Tech University at Russellville. He has known Clinton since Clinton was a UA law professor for a short stint in the mid-1970s. He is also a state senator.

* William C. Nolan Sr., El Dorado, retired businessman. He is married to the sister of Charles Murphy of Murphy Oil Co. fame. Their son, Bill Nolan Jr., also has supported Clinton for years.

* Joe L. Hargrove, Little Rock, physician. A Clinton supporter for years, Hargrove recently was appointed to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

* W. Percy Malone, Arkadelphia, pharmacist. He has been a floor leader for Clinton in the General Assembly on several occasions.

* Carl D. Corley, Fort Smith, businessman. He's more closely associated with Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., but he has been a Clinton stalwart through the years.

* H. Randy Wilbourn, Little Rock, vice president of Alltel Corp. His father, Hugh Wilbourn, founded Allied Telephone, the Arkansas company that later was merged into what became Alltel. He has been a major contributor to Clinton campaigns through the years.

AND MORE ...

The following business people have been campaign contributors for Clinton, all giving into the thousands of dollars. There are probably hundreds of business people not listed who fit the same description.

* Robert E. Hernreich, Fort Smith, chairman of Hernreich Broadcasting Inc. He and his family gave more than $7,000 in personal contributions alone in the 1990 campaign.

* Dr. D. Dean Kumpuris, Little Rock, physician.

* C. Randolph Warner, Little Rock, chairman of Environmental Systems Co.
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Title Annotation:American president Bill Clinton's contributors and supporters
Author:Smith, David (American novelist)
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Date:Nov 2, 1992
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