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(Studio) "Los Angeles Times" charges Jimmy Carter campaign with giving 4 black ministers $5 thousand in campaign funds just before June 8 California primary; money supposedly to pay mins. expenses while campaigning for Carter. "Times" quotes Reverend J. L. Richards with regard to money paid in small sums to other preachers. Richards says when preacher talks for Carter he is working for Carter and should be paid for it. Carter denies prior knowledge of incident, but says it could have happened.
(Plains, Georgia) Carter quoted with regard to occurrence. [CARTER - speaks about matter.] Carter says he doesn't believe any of staffers knew beforehand that mins. would do this. [Carter - says money should be used for maintenance of church building the same as any other building if used for public rally.] Carter says he has ordered investigation of matter and will provide extensive report of use of funds.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
- Rabel, Ed
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