Ex-DNC Chair Charles Manatt Dies at 75
California Democrat co-chaired Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2011 8:10 AM CDT
In this March 24, 1984 file photo, Democratic National Committee Chair Charles Manatt, left, talks with Rep. Geraldine Ferraro and Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis.   (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)
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(Newser) – A former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Charles T. Manatt, has died at the age of 75. Manatt was chairman of the Democratic Party from 1981 to 1985. A longtime California Democrat, Manatt was credited as Democratic chairman with building the party's finances, modernizing the party through computerization, direct mail and other initiatives, and building a new party headquarters in Washington.

Manatt was co-chairman of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992. Clinton later appointed Manatt as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, where he served from 1999-2001. Manatt founded the banking and financial services law firm of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips in Los Angeles.