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October 07, 1988 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-07

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When pressed, Max Fisher says: "I
have the ability-to impact on the
entire process."

Elder Statesman

On the eve of a Michigan GOP fund-raiser
featuring President Reagan, honoree Max
Fisher reflects on the major role he has
played as a Republican Jewish advocate


Associate Editor

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ack in 1962, when sup-
porters of gubernatorial-
hopeful George Romney
were looking for someone
to raise funds for the cam-
paign, attorney Jason Honigman
recommended his friend and client
Max Fisher, one of Michigan's
wealthiest businessmen and a
Fisher agreed to serve in the role
and, in a finely-honed technique
developed during decades of leader-
ship in Detroit's Allied Jewish Cam-
paign, he wrote out a check and ask-
ed everyone in the room to do the
same. It was Max Fisher — and what
he calls "leadership giving" — at its
Twenty-six years later, Fisher is
still providing leadership and cam-
paign support to the Republican Par-
ty, and in tribute to his almost 40

years of commitment, President
Reagan will headline the list of hun-
dreds who will honor Fisher at a
$1,000-per-plate GOP fund-raising
dinner tonight at the Westin Hotel.
Indeed, Max Fisher has been the
symbol, and many would say the
prime cause, of Jewish involvement in
the Republican Party, and it was he
who was given the honor of introduc-
ing Vice President George Bush at
the recent B'nai B'rith convention in
Baltimore where Bush and Michael
Dukakis presented their major cam-
paign addresses to the American
Jewish community.
Only when pressed will Fisher ad-
mit that he has extraordinary in-
fluence. "I have the ability to impact
in the whole process," says the soft-
spoken Fisher of his connections wih
the upper reaches of Republican
political power. "I have known George

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