THE CONGRESS: Eyes on the Lobbies

The U.S. Senate reacted to the gas bill uproar by heading full steam toward an investigation of lobbying activity that will probably run through the summer and cost half a million dollars. Most likely to conduct the hearings: Tennessee's Democrat Albert Gore, chairman of the Privileges and Elections Subcommittee. Last week Gore's three-member subcommittee voted itself a broad franchise calling for a "study of contributions to election campaigns in federal elections and such evidence of corrupt practices as may be revealed." High on Gore's agenda are investigations of lobbying by gas and oil men,...

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