ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 26, 1976
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(Studio) House Ethics Committee recommends Representative Robert Sikes be reprimanded for misusing his power. Sikes says his local support is stronger due to DC persecution. Common Cause accused Sikes of misuse of power.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Crestview, Florida) Sikes is friend to military There are 11 military installations in his district, incling. largest United States Air Force base, Eglin Field. Sikes also brought industry to district, such as Fairchild Aircraft Service Div. Sikes has 1000s of shares stock in company and voted for defense appropriation that benefitted company He was cited for misconduct for failure to disclose stock ownership and for holding stock in 1st Navy Bank at Pensacola Naval Air Stn. Sikes secured charter for bank. Sikes accused of sponsoring legislature that enhanced value of property he and partners controlled. This happened in 1968 before Ethics Committee formed. He was not cited. $1 million Sikes Library just completed. [SIKES - says Common Cause is anti-defense Says he is strongly for defense] Sikes expected to win reelection. At Democrat cong. caucus, reformers may go after Sikes.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy
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