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A Closer Look (Money Talks) #192347

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 24, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A closer look at money and politics introduced; TV political ads shown.

(Washington: John Martin) The broadcast bonanza from campaign spending examined; details given of lobbying by the National Association of Broadcasters and the networks. [Senator John McCAIN - comments on influence.] [Political consultant Neil OXMAN, WXYZ-TV Detroit vice president Grace GILCHRIST - talk about spending.] [Alliance for Better Campaigns Paul TAYLOR - says the system favors incumbents and broadcasters at the expense of the Democratic process.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Forsyth, MT: Dean Reynolds) The campaign in Montana by Brian Schweitzer who is running against Republican Senator Conrad Burns featured; details given of Schweitzer's campaigning on the issue of the high cost of prescription drugs that has led to a response by the pharmaceutical industry; television ads shown. [Citizens for Better Medicare Dorcas HARDY, SPOKESPERSON - comment.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The tax loophole that allows "527" organizations like Citizens for Better Medicare not to have to file about their activities noted.

NOTE: Local weather bulletins on bottom of screen from 5:30:40 to 5:37:30, 5:50:00 to 5:52:40 and 5:56:10 to 5:58:10

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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