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Election Reform / Supreme Court #237600

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1975
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(Studio) Campaign reform law challenged by Supreme Court
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator James Buckley and Eugene McCarthy attack law. Senators Edward Kennedy and Hugh Scott defense law. Yale University law professor, Ralph K. Winter,says act unconst. because it limits free speech. Says campaigns of Buckley, McCarthy and George McGovern would have died under law's contribution limits. Dep. solicitor general, Stanley Friedman, says law needed to help restore public confidence in government Justice Potter Stewart asks why not free spending if there's free speech. Friedman says money affects speech but isn't speech. Justice William O. Douglas there for p.m. session. Ex-Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, says law needed to protect government's honor. Big money and big pols. called "corrosive influence.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd; ARTIST: John D. Hart

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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