An Experiment in Campaign Financing

Obert, John C.
June 1956
New Republic;6/25/56, Vol. 134 Issue 26, p7
The article focuses on the controversy surrounding the passage of the "Harris Natural Gas bill" in the U.S. Senate. When the Senator Francis Case took the Senate floor on February 3 to reveal that he had been offered $2,500 for his forthcoming election campaign by an oil man interested in passage of the bill, he precipitated a deluge of newspaper headlines, the veto of the bill by the President and an effulgence of pious declarations of intention by the Senate itself. Many things were going to be done to make sure such a thing never happened again, the Senate said and with admirable alacrity, a special committee was appointed to conduct a specific investigation into the Case episode.


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