NAMES IN THE NEWS : Prince on Senator's Gift List

From Times Wire Services

Rock star Prince has joined the list of celebrities whose names appear on U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz's campaign spending reports.

Prince, a Minnesota native, gave his home state's senator a $2,000 check in February for his 1990 reelection campaign, according to Federal Elections Commission documents. But a spokesman for the Minnesota senator put a little distance between his boss and the rock star's image.

"It's safe to assume that Rudy is not familiar" with the sexually suggestive nature of some lyrics in Prince's songs, capaign director Tom Mason said.

The publicity-shy rock star made the contribution around the time of a Boschwitz fund-raiser at the Carnegie Deli in Los Angeles. He didn't attend the event, but sent a check signed with his legal name of Prince Rogers Nelson.

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