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Campaign Funds / Checkoff Plan #13381

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 18, 1971
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(Studio) In 1968, Nixon and Humphrey spent $50 per minute for campaign. Democrats $8 million in debt; Senator debates government paying hunk of campaign funds.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Plan would give major candidates up to $20 million each next year with $6 million for George C. Wallace. Money will come from $1 gifts from taxpayers marking "X" on 1971 tax return. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says this plan will put all candidates on equitable footing after nomination won; points out candidates will be chosen for merit not money.] [Senator Robert J. DOLE - calls it biggest Democrat fund raising ever and didn't even get to eat.] [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - says Republicans already got $40 million for 1972 campaign; would like to shut us off.] [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says Democratic Senator major engaged in most unconscionable raid on Treasury of all their irresponsible record; voted themselves slush funds.] Muskie's plane waited while he voted; checkoff plan tied to tax bill.
REPORTER: Bob Clark

Reporter(s):
Clark, Bob;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:02:40

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