Big Ed Pauley, former treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, numbers among his many interests a substantial holding in California's tidelands oil.* Last week, at the Senate Naval Affairs Committee hearings on Pauley's much-criticized appointment as Under Secretary of the Navy, tidelands oil was the subject of some revealing testimony.

Senator Tobey: Did you ever tell Mr. Ickes that the filing of the Government test suit would be a political mistake-get this carefully, please—and that if you could assure California oilmen that the suit would not be filed, you could raise several hundred thousand dollars from them in campaign contributions?

Pauley: I...

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