CBS Evening News for Friday, May 22, 1981
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(Studio) Large contributions made to Jesse Helms reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Raleigh, North Carolina) Contributions to Helms fund interpreted as sign of "Helms for President" campaign Helms noted as favoring conservative causes. Fund called Congressional Club. [Chairperson Congressional Club Thomas ELLIS - speaks of pushing conservative cause.] [HELMS - does not use club for personal purposes.] Causes defined as opposing abortion, busing, and gun control. Fund-raising efforts described. television commercials shown. John East mentioned. Reagan economy program said now pushed. 75% funds raised said spent for raising more funds. Large mailing list built by Republicans said useful for Helms if he chooses to run for president [HELMS - calls speculation opium dream.] [ELLIS - admits funds would be used to get conservative in White House] Possibilities considered.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
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