NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 1975
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(Studio) Special report deals with H. Ross Perot's donations to special group of Congmen. and Senators Reporter Polk new addition to NBC.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Perot gave money to those Congmen. who could return political kindnesses. About 2/3 money, $56,000, went to House Ways, Means Committee and Senator Fin. Committee These cmtes. oversee federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, and computer company run by Perot holds contracts in about 12 states for processing billing and payments under federal health plans. Congress considering ntl. health insurance plan that could alter Medicare and Medicaid plans; if ntl. insurance bill passed, Perot's financial future could be little dimmer. Most money given after elections over; some money went to nonopposed incumbents; contributions legal. Perot's contributions went to several Congmen., incling. Representative Al Ullman, Senator Russell Long, Representative Joe Waggoner, Representative Omar Burleson, Representative James Jones. [Representative William STEIGER - says he turned down offer from Perot for $2000. Election already over when money offered.] Others recing. Perot contributions include Representatives Don Clancy, James Corman, Joseph Karth, Dan Rostenkowski, Herman Schneebeli, Phillip Landrum. In Senate, Perot gave to Senators Mike Gravel, Robert Packwood, Herman Talmadge, Lloyd Bentsen, Robert Dole. Summary of Perot donations given.
REPORTER: James Polk
(Studio) Actually, Perot's contributions to members of Congress totaled $88,000 Perot's comment on his contributions given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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