Trials: A Flair for Fund Raising

Though the 1964 Senate hearings on Bobby Baker yielded a tangy crop of headlines, they produced little else. Entrepreneur Baker remained free to pursue his affairs, a peripatetic playboy in alligator shoes. Last week, after three years, another Bobby Baker hearing finally got under way in a far less flamboyant atmosphere. The arena this time was the grimly sterile U.S. courthouse for the District of Columbia, and Baker's accuser was the U.S. Government.

After thorough investigations by the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, federal authorities were bent on a conviction that could send the former Senate Democratic...

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