ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 05, 1984
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(Studio) Allegations that grants to juvenile justice programs were awarded to close friends of high ranking West House staff members reported.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) Questions of impropriety and White House cronyism said raised by award of federal grants to distributors of "Chaos to Calm" film; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Howard METZENBAUM, Representative Ike ANDREWS - say grants were awarded to personal friends of administration] Amt. of noncompetitive grant awarded for national school safety center to Pepperdine Univ. cited; schools contributors noted incl. Ronald Reagan and Edwin Meese. Meese's personal friend and longstanding professional associate George Nicholson said directing the center; their rel. outlined. Meese said failing to disclose his campaign trip to California on behalf of Nicholson's unsuccessful race for state attorney general as required by law. Indications of Nicholson's lobbying for center position said illustrated by letter to Attorney General William French Smith, who oversees Ofc. of Juvenile Justice; details given. [Ofc. of Juvenile Justice director Al REGNERY - considers it ridiculous to check up on personal relations] California state audit of Nicholson as head of district attys.' association and California bar's finding of him as unqualified reviewed. Size of grant to "Captain Kangaroo" songwriter Judith Riesman and to American Univ. to define pornography reported Actions raising questions about American Univ.'s role considered; Meese noted on school's advisory board, with wife a member of university bd. of trustees. [ANDREWS - considers coincidence of both schools having such close ties to the Meeses unbelievable.] [REGNERY - denies connection.] Internal staff memo said indicating same pornography study could be done for considerably less; details outlined on screen. White House said denying Meese's involvement with Juvenile Justice grants; possible impact on his confirmation as Attorney General mentioned.
REPORTER: Karen Burnes
(Studio) Part II announced.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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