WASHINGTON - Bankers are diversifying their political assets this week at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles but the tone is unlikely to match the enthusiasm extended to the other side of the Congressional aisle.

Bankers and their trade groups are forgoing spending big bucks on donations to the Democrats. Commercial banks have given five times more money - $1.16 million versus $213,850, as of July 1 - to Republican nominee George W. Bush than to Vice President Al Gore, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan political watchdog.

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