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Decision 1984 / Pac Controversy #536714

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 25, 1984
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(Studio) Walter Mondale, early in presidential campaign, recalled promising to never accept money from political action cmtes. (PACs); his campaign's use of PAC funds raised by private cmtes., criticism of procedure by Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson, and Hart's formal complaint filed with Federal Election Commission also recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Implications of Mondale's request that cmtes. in question be disbanded for stability of his overall campaign considered. [MONDALE - wants cmtes. terminated; defs. their legality.] Extent of campaign financing with PAC funds, primarily through organized labor, outlined; basis of Hart's allegation that such cmtes. are actually extensions of Mondale's campaign discussed. [Common Cause spokesperson Fred WERTHEIMER - believes such cmtes. create capacity for campaign to bypass legal spending and contribution limits.] [HART - accuses Mondale of adopting ethics of Edwin Meese; wants Mondale to return money.] Mondale's response noted.
REPORTER: Lisa Myers

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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