A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 23, 1972

IN theory it is clean and simple: campaigns have traditionally been privately financed; people or groups with cash to spare donate to the candidate or party of their choice. In practice it is often dirty and complicated: big money is solicited or offered with outrageous strings attached. Rarely has the taint of scandal been as strong as it is this year, and our cover story this week takes a nationwide look at the givers and takers, the mechanics and motives, the quid and the quo of modern campaign financing.

Though campaign funds come from...

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