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Title Facts Forum News, Vol.5, No. 8, August 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 032
Transcript B „l > pn in election campaign is held that the Republican candidates far outspend their Democratic opponents. For example, there was only very fragmentary reporting of what was spent in the 1952 presidential election between General Eisenhower and Governor Stevenson, but the Republicans outspent the Democrats nearly two to one. Only a few weeks ago the Republican party raised over $5 million in one night, which is more than the Democrats spent in the entire 1952 campaign. Spending Ability Unfair Now if we were to throttle trade union political education committees, our elections would be even more onesided. The Republicans instead of out- spending the Democrats two to one or three to one would outspend them ten to one or twenty to one. Is that what our Republicans want? When I see them attacking the trade union contributions ancl remaining silent about the contributions from the men who control the great multi-billion-dollar corporations of the country, I think that is exactly what they want. Now- I vvill make a challenge to these people who tire criticizing labor organizations in politics. I have introduced a bill to provide for government financing of campaign expenses of all or both of our major political parties. This suggestion does not originate with me. It originated in 1907 with the great progressive Republican President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt. In a special message to Congress in 1907, Teddy Roosevelt proposed that the federal treasury finance our political parties to free all men ancl women in politics of domination from huge campaign contributions. I have introduced a bill with the support of seven or eight other senators, to accomplish just this. It is significant that the men who complain so much about union spending are not for eliminating all big donations completely and backing the bill which I call the Teddy Roosevelt bill. I really think that these men realize that union spending is just the one- sixth of the financial iceberg that appears above the surface. The five- sixths of the iceberg below the surface is that of political spending by men vvho control the great corporations. These opponents of union spending want that other spending to continue. Let me say this by way of challenge and by way of conclusion: In the interest of free government, let's cut out Page 30 all these huge private contributions to men ancl women in office. Why should we hypocritically indict a petty bureaucrat because he takes a gift of a baked ham or a deep freeze ancl let Presidents and governors and senators accept hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars for their campaigns? That to me is the real issue. I note that the men who are so unctuously concerned about union spending never say very much about spending by the men who dominate the great corporations of America. So I repeat my challenge. I have sponsored a bill ancl am sponsoring a bill in the United States Senate to put into effect the great suggestion made by President Teddy Roosevelt, to have the government finance political campaigns and to free everybody in public office from private obligations for huge campaign benefactions. If the people who are so concerned about union spending will get behind my bill we can eliminate this problem. In that way we can test their good faith. If my bill passes we will eliminate spending by unions and also by the men who dominate the great corporations of America. That is a goal to be imminentlv desired. REPRESENTATIVE HlESTANO: This ■ matter of union political activity is a serious business. How many of you people in the United States remember that CIO goon squads, organized with clock-like precision, made a carefully coordinated raid on the Wayne County, Michigan, congressional district conventions on the evening of September 19, 1950? How many of you know that they seized absolute control carrying pistols and clubs and set up phony accrediting committees who permitted entry into the conventions only to those persons whom they apprcwed? This was a twenty-four-hour sensation in Detroit, but then, like so many other sensations, it was crowded out of the headlines after a few days and the people lost sight of what had really happened. They actually forgot that the men who engineered these raids remained in full possession of the organization they had seized. They gained full control in this way of the whole Democrat state organization. In the 1954 election they spent millions of dollars to defeat several congressmen and Senator Homer Ferguson, electing to the United States Senate Pat McNamara, an officer of the CIO, by contributing vast sums in payroll and postage and over $19.00*1 cash, according to his own admission in a sworn statement now on file in the House of Representatives. In the same place there is on file the sworn statement of Senator Neuberger of Oregon that he received $23,250 union money financing the campaign which enabled him to defeat Senator Guy Cordon. Senator Douglas of Illinois admits $35,500 campaign receipts from union sources- All of these elections were very close- So were the two in Montana and W>'<y ming, where Senators Murray ancl 0J Mahoney were elected by approM mately 3,000 votes or less. The 11111"" funds contributed to Senator Murral were $32,4,50 and to Senator OW honey, $14,500, according to then statements. Corporations Forbidden By taw to Conlribute There were many others, but thai enough to assure control of the Senajj of the United States. In the trial he'1 last fall in Detroit the unions freel' admitted these tremendous contril tions to the campaign, but few Judge Picard threw the case out court stating that the law, as writt did not deny unions this priv ilea The Federal Corrupt Practices "' specifically forbids corporations fr''1 contributing to federal campai! funds. There are heavy penalties, fin1 and imprisonment for the officers those responsible. I consider this entirely fair a", proper but the merged CIO-A> union dues amount to something '■ $500 million a year. This money eon1' from all types of workers in all s'' tions of the country. Each is an i'11 vidual entitled under the Constitute to his own political beliefs, to his n! to vote as he wishes or not to vot* he chooses. I want to emphasize that this is | a partisan issue. The question whether a union member is a Rep1' lican or a Democrat is not the 0* consideration. We know that in portant regions in this country, '. Republican party rarely if ever eM a candidate. In these regions then a situation equally dangerous to p4 cal freedom. In these areas, '•' money collected from union meffll is being used to support certain rtj dates at the Democrat primarifl spite of the fact that union merrJ as individuals may be opposing t'1' very candidates at the polls. Thi* Facts Forum News, .Angus,', 1° Fact
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