Washington (Aug. 5, 2004) — Some 204 executives, including former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Arthur Levitt Jr., Bank of America chairman Charles Gifford, and Oracle Corp. president Charles Phillips, have thrown their support behind Democratic presidential challenger Sen. John Kerry.

However, Kerry still trails incumbent George W. Bush, who has had 280 of the nation’s top business chiefs whose companies are in the Russell 1000 index contributing to his re-election bid, according to the non-partisan group PoliticalMoneyLine.

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