ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(DC) House to take up cargo preference bill on Wednesday; details of bill and controversy over President Carter's support of it noted. Republicans say President favors it because of political contributions from shipping ints. Public relations campaign has been going on to influence Congmen.; is directed by close associate of Carter.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Cargo preference campaign is being directed by Gerald Rafshoon, who directed Carter's media campaign in presidential race. He is one of inner circle of White House political advisers and has agency offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta. Cargo preference campaign incls. newspaper and television ads. (Rafshoon Agency TV ad shown.) Opposition is being coordinated in headquarters of Common Cause, which says maritime ints. try to buy political influence through president adviser and accuses Rafshoon of questionable ethics. [Common Cause Vice President Fred WERTHEIMER - notes Rafshoon is member of White House advisory staff and at same time is conducting campaign attempting to influence government policy in private business.] Rafshoon declines interview, but says he doesn't feel he's done anything unethical and until White House mentions it, will continue bus. as now.
REPORTER: Bob Clark