Top Gore fundraiser Hayes dies at 67

September 20, 2008 3:45:15 PM PDT
Johnny Hayes, a Democratic fundraiser for the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Al Gore, has died.A family statement said Hayes died Saturday in Tennessee after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 67.

Hayes was finance chief for Gore's first presidential campaign in 1988 and again in 2000. He also managed Gore's campaign finances when Gore first won a U.S. House seat in 1976 and for later Senate elections.

Hayes led fundraising for Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen when he won office in 2002 and again when Bredesen won re-election in a 2006 landslide.

After becoming vice president in 1993, Gore also nominated Hayes as a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the country's largest public utility. He held that post until 1999.

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