NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) Cargo preference bill is up for vote in House on Wednesday Some think admin. support for it is in payment for political contributions from maritime unions and shipping ints.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Report on controversy over bill and opponents' contention that maritime ints. are trying to buy votes to get it passed. Contributions to Carter pres. campaign from maritime unions noted; ad campaign for bill is being handled by Rafshoon Communications, same company that did Carter media in 1976 campaign. (TV ad shown.) Common Cause has released list of Representatives who also received money from maritime ints., include committee chairperson John Murphy. [MURPHY - says maritime ints. have supported Congmen. for years, lately, perhaps, out of desperation for declining wages and number of United States ships on high seas.] Bill opponent Representative Paul McCloskey says it will raise prices ea. year [McCLOSKEY - claims sole justification for bill is to pay off maritime unions for support of Carter in election] There will be more debate on issue on Wednesday
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch