Campaigns Means Jobs For College Grads

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Job prospects for college graduates are looking up thanks to the 2008 presidential candidates.

The campaigns of contenders are hiring promising but untested newcomers, especially in states with early nominating contests.

Lauren Manning is taking a break from law school to work as Barack Obama's (ber-AHK' oh-BAH'-muh) jack-of-all trades in South Carolina. She earns about two-thousand-300-dollars a month.

Her office walls are bare, and her title is a work in progress.

The 26-year-old says the Illinois Democrat's memoir, "Dreams From My Father," attracted her to his presidential bid.

Carol Fowler is chairwoman of South Carolina's Democratic party. She says hiring fresh, local talent helps a campaign avoid looking like Washington insiders run the show.

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