Nation: End of Innocence

Sadder but presumably wiser, Illinois' freshman Senator Charles Percy last week wrote to three Chicago friends: "It was a mistake on my part not to realize that your well-intentioned desire to help would be subject to misunderstanding and misinterpretation." With that, Chuck dissolved the controversial "Percy Group," a six-month-old fund-raising campaign intended to help the Senator defray his considerable office expenses.

The arrangement was innocent enough. Though he ranks a lowly 97th in Senate seniority, Percy is deluged daily with some 1,500 letters and 200 telephone calls. Having exhausted his Senate office allowance of $279,306, he has had to dig into his...

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