× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

IRS Spy Network #36287

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 1975
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Over wkend., there were published reports about alleged IRS (Internal Revenue Service) spy network assigned to gather information on sex and drinking habits of prominent people. Miami woman, Elsa Swarez, says she was recruited in 1972 to pick up dirt on 30 prominent judges and pols. in Miami area. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) commissioner Don. Alexander conducting own investigation into matter.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Elizabeth Bettner also undercover agent for IRS. [BETTNER - says she was involved in Florida pols., so it was easy to get information about other pols. Admits doing some spying on former Florida governor Claude Kirk.] Bettner says she gathered enough information to help get Senator Edward Gurney indicted. [BETTNER - claims credit for gathering information on several prominent Florida pols.; names given. Feels no remorse about turning in names and info. supplied to IRS.] Ms. Bettner says IRS (Internal Revenue Service) agent Cotton Smith her supervisor; Smith denies being her boss.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) ABC to present "IRS: A Question of Power" this Thursday, March 21, at 10 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Tucker, Lem

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.