TITLE

"Mr. Retail"

AUTHOR(S)
Lewis, Richard
PUB. DATE
May 1954
SOURCE
New Republic;5/3/54, Vol. 130 Issue 18, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on practical politics in Illinois. U.S. Senator Paul Douglas' Republican opponent in Illinois next fall is a jovial, 50-year-old lobbyist named Joseph T. Meek. For the last 20 years, he has been buttonholing legislators in Springfield, Illinois in the name of the Illinois Federation of Retail Associations, which boasts 60,000 members. He founded this organization and has perfected it as a powerful pressure group, dedicated to a continuous fight against the sales tax, fair employment practices legislation and minimum wages for women. In Springfield, Meek is generally regarded as the most persuasive lobbyist in the whole, motley collection of promoters who hang around the legislature.
ACCESSION #
14493585

 

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