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BOB FARMER
THE MONEY GUY


Robert Farmer, a prodigious fund-raiser who contrived a formula to circumvent federal campaign spending limits with so-called soft money!




  1. BOB & TOMMY'S WEDDING DAY
    BOB & TOMMY'S WEDDING DAY
    BOSTON NOVEMBER 2013
  2. Article in Royal Gazette
    Article in Royal Gazette
    January 1995
  3. John Kerry
    John Kerry
    Room mates
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  2. Managing Director
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As the widely reputed “father of soft money,” Mr. Farmer targeted money not subject to the same regulations and limitations as gifts to specific candidates or campaigns. This would be money for such activities as voter registration drives; party administration; or state organizations that may have supported a specific candidate, but nevertheless had the trappings of neutrality.
He worked for Sen. Glenn (D-Ohio) in the Democratic presidential primary of 1984 and became national treasurer for Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis in the presidential election of 1988.
In 1991 he resigned after three years as national treasurer of the Democratic Party to become the chief fundraiser of then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton’s 1992 bid for the presidency. 




“He could talk an owl out of a tree,” Clinton told the Boston Globe. As president, Clinton appointed Mr. Farmer consul general to Bermuda.
Mr. Farmer’s last campaign was Kerry’s 2004 unsuccessful run against incumbent president George W. Bush. “He was kind of a pied piper of modern networking fund-raising,” Kerry said of Mr. Farmer to the Globe.
     By Bart Barnes  July 27th 2017   
​Boston Globe