NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1975
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(Studio) Ex-Senator Eugene McCarthy and Senator James Buckley led challenge against 1974 Federal Elections Campaign Act. They say law protects incumbents.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Act was major reform law to come out of Watergate. Pol. gifts limited to $1000 per candidate. Senators Hugh Scott and Edward Kennedy hired ex-Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, to argue their view. In Supreme Court ctroom., attys. for Buckley and McCarthy say law was attempt by Congress to keep out newcomers. Cox says incumbents equally disadvantaged by law. Justice Byron River White suggests part of law unintelligible. Chief Justice Warren Burger wonders if law cosmetic. Justice Harry A. Blackmun asks if law solves problem of bloated campaign spending. Justice Thurgood Marshall says no computer to throw mass of statistics in. Court to rush decision before `76 campaign underway.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
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