THE ADMINISTRATION: Agnew Faces LIFE

Arriving in the midst of the ITT affair, an article in LIFE last week raised still more questions about the relationship between the Nixon Administration and some of its wealthy political backers. The central figure in the story was San Diego Millionaire C. Arnholt Smith, a longtime Nixon backer. Smith was under investigation in 1970 for possible violations of federal law by channeling campaign contributions to Nixon in 1968. LIFE charged that through the White House, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the Administration tried to squelch investigations, delay prosecutions and interfere with cases involving Smith,...

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