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Published: Thursday, 11/3/2005

The Blade's Ohio Trail series

The Blade examines President Bush s fundraising giants his

Ohio Pioneers and Rangers; tells the tale of how a few men

and women with strategy and money engineered a takeover

at the ballot box more than a decade ago; looks at what motivated John Kerry's Buckeye boosters and what they might have wanted in

return; and examines the influx of money in politics that leaves analysts wondering how Americans can affect policy without cash. These are the stories in The Ohio Trail series:

Ohio Bush donors richly rewarded (Oct. 30, 1 photo, 2 charts)

Bush fund-raisers reap millions in contracts, corporate subsidies (Oct. 30)

Money, morals intermingle in contributions (Oct. 30, 1 photo)

Nursing home executive, Bush 'Ranger,' keeps low profile (Oct. 31)

Clothing giant combines apparel with big-money politics (Oct. 31)

Contributions grease the wheels for bearing maker (Oct. 31)

Lobbyists hand out donations to influence Republican politics (Oct. 31)

Money fueled Ohio GOP, now puts future at risk (Oct. 31)

As political 'Lone Ranger,' tycoon shoots cash at causes (Nov. 1, 1 photo)

Kerry s campaign fell short among deep-pocket donors (Nov. 1, 1 photo, 2 charts)

Citizens seek a say without 'pay to play' (Nov. 2, 2 photos, 1 chart)

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