National Affairs: The Wells Dried Up

After the last dollar was spent in Oklahoma's Democratic senatorial primary, U.S. Senator Robert Kerr turned in a report of his personal campaign expenses to the state election board. The amount: $2,675. The board was awaiting a report from former Governor Roy Turner, who ran some 30,000 votes behind Kerr (TIME, July 19), but Oklahomans knew that his total would be no more than $3,000, because state law limits individual campaign expenses to that amount.

Actually, Oklahoma observers estimated that about $1,000,000 was spent in Kerr's campaign. Most of it was disbursed through the device of Kerr-for-Senate Clubs. The campaign of Turner,...

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