CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 03, 1977
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(Studio) Details of government ethics code requested by President Carter noted. Both House and Senator passed ethics codes this year; now some work for legislature to tighten regulations with regard to lobbyists.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Charles Lipsen was LBJ advance man, wife worked for Carl Albert and sister raises money for Democrats; because of political connections, he specializes in access. [LIPSEN - he never bought vote.] Size of lobbying bus. in Washington, DC noted; because registration law is loophole, real number of lobbyists not known. Congress trying to close loophole with changes in registry forms and procedure. Bill has caused concern and created lobby of own. Common Cause used to be almost alone in push for stricter bill; Ralph Nader says its lobbyists are insensitive to citizens' rights to petition government [NADER - says bill would register citizenship and discourage lobbying, by perhaps requiring people, who lobby as volunteers, to fill out forms or make them come under Justice Department probe.] Gnl. cnsl. of National Association of Mfrs. agrees with Nader. This means split with Bus. Roundtable, whose spokesperson, Robert Hatfield, says all lobbyists should register. AFL-CIO lobbyists favor bill drawn up by Representative Walter Flowers and judiciary committee attorney Jay Turnipseed. [FLOWERS - says aim is to continue to help regain public confidence in government process.] Also supporting bill are Senator Governmental Affairs Committee chairperson Abraham Ribicoff and committee cnsl. Paul Hoff. How strong law is depends on agreement reached by Flowers, Ribicoff, Common Cause and labor.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd