Bill Bradley

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Announced the end of his presidential campaign on March 9, 2000 in West Orange, NJ. 


Bill Bradley, Democrat, of Montclair, New Jersey.
Current Established presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 4, 1998; established campaign committee on Jan. 12, 1999; formally announced on Sept. 8, 1999.
Career Post-Senate activities included: 
  --  Chairman of the National Civic League.
  --  Chairman of the Advertising Council's Advisory Committee on Public Policy.
  --  Senior advisor to J.P. Morgan & Co.. 
  --  Visiting professor of public affairs at the University of Notre Dame, Fall 1998.
  --  Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the University of Maryland through the end of 1998.
  --  Payne Distinguished Professor at the Institute of International Studies at Stanford University, Sept. 1997-Aug. 1998. 
  --  A yearlong stint as a CBS News essayist starting in July 1997; "Where We Are" series appeared on the Saturday edition of the Evening News. 
  -- Co-chair of Project Independence, an initiative organized in February 1997 to push for campaign finance reform. 

Served three terms in the U.S. Senate representing New Jersey, 1979-97.

Played pro basketball for the New York Knicks, 1967-77.  Led the team to championships in 1970 and 1973.

Activities Author of four books.  Values of the Game (Oct. 1998, Artisan), Time Present, Time Past (1996, A.A. Knopf), The Fair Tax (1982, Pocket Books), and Life on The Run (1976, Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co.).
Military Air Force Reserve, 1967-78.
Education Princeton University, degree with honors in American History, 1965. Awarded Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he earned his graduate degree in 1968.
While at Princeton won the Sullivan Award and captained the gold medal U.S. basketball team at the 1964 Olympics.
Family Married to the former Ernestine Schlant.  She is a professor of German and Comparative Literature at Montclair (NJ) State College.  They have one daughter, and Mrs. Bradley has an adult daughter from a previous marriage.
Age 56 years old.  Born July 28, 1943 in Crystal City, Missouri. 


Jeremy Larner.  "The Enigma Who Would Be President."  George.  February 2000. >

Six-part series by Barton Gellman and Dale Russakoff.  "The Life of Bill Bradley."  Washington Post, Dec. 12-17, 1999. >

Paul Starobin.  "The Bradley Question."  National Journal.  Aug. 20, 1999. >

David Corn. "Bill Bradley: Can he get into the game?" The Nation.  July 5, 1999. >

Melinda Henneberger.  "The Aura Of the Aura."  New York Times Magazine.  June 27, 1999.

Carl M. Cannon. "There's Something About Bill Bradley." George.  June 1999.

John B. Judis.  "Journey Man."  The New Republic.  April 5, 1999, p. 22-27. >

Andrew Ferguson.  "Can Bradley Score?"  The Weekly Standard.  March 8, 1999, p. 16-20.

William Jaspersohn. 1992. Senator: A Profile of Bill Bradley in the U.S. Senate. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers.

Bradley is the subject of John McPhee's 1965 book A Sense of Where You Are.

by Bill Bradley
Values of the Game--Artisan, October 1998.

Time Present, Time Past: A Memoir--A.A. Knopf, 1996.

The Fair Tax--Pocket Books, 1982.

Life On The Run--Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1976.

Sen. Paul Wellstone   4/23/99
Sen. Bob Kerrey   7/5/99
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan  9/23/99
Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) 
Rep. William Lipinski (IL-3) 
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-8)
Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7)   12/7/99 
Rep. George Miller (CA-7)   12/7/99
Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (CA-13)   12/7/99
Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04)   1/3/00
Anna Eshoo (CA-14)   1/23/00 
Friends of the Earth Political Action Committee   9/14./99
Also endorsed by many newspapers.

Text of Letter to Supporters

As is required of presidential campaigns receiving federal funds, after the campaign the Bradley committee underwent an audit by the Federal Election Commission.  The audit division finished its report on the Bradley campaign on April 10, 2002, making it the second of the 2000 audit reports released.  The FEC is to consider the report in its April 18 public meeting.

The report showed the committee received approximately $29,654,000 from approximately 103,100 contributors; loans totalling $6,880,235, $1,564,840 in offsets to expenditures, and $469,338 in interest and other receipts; and $12,462,047 from the U.S. Treasury in federal matching funds.  Total receipts were $50,442,496; total disbursements were $49,104,335, leaving a cash balance of $1,351,631 as of May 31, 2000.  The audit report concluded that the committee owned the U.S. Treasury just $14,055

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.