ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Karen Burnes) Carl "Spitz" Channell, conservative lobbyist and focus of numerous investigations related to Iran arms scandal, profiled; details given, scenes shown. His relationship with President Reagan, chief of staff Don. Regan, Colonel Oliver North noted; photos shown. [Former Representative Robert BAUMAN - notes he never heard of Channell until 1983-84.] Channell's exploitation of his White House connections for fundraising efforts illustrated. [Former Channell fundraiser Jane McLAUGHLIN - notes rel. between amount raised by his orgs. and personal mtgs. of North with contributors.] Channell and North said currently under investigation for their fundraising efforts for Contra weapons, dubbed the Toys Project. [McLAUGHLIN - claims purpose of Channell's American Conservative Fndn. was to raise funds for North's off-duty Central American trips as direct personal liaison for Reagan; recalls monthly budget for such trips.] Channell's background and relationship with late Terry Dolan of NCPAC reviewed. [Feb. 1986, CHANNELL - praises his fundraising success.] His disdain for major contributors to his orgs. quoted on screen.] [McLAUGHLIN - recalls Channell's names for specific contributors.] Attorney General Edwin Meese said scheduled to appear at Channell's March fundraising event.