THE CAMPAIGN: The Benefactors

All through the presidential race, one of George McGovern's refrains on his "secrecy-and-corruption" theme was the Administration's refusal to name the contributors who had poured at least $10 million anonymously into Republican campaign chests. The money, McGovern suggested, carried the possible taint of special favors. Eventually Common Cause, the reformist citizens' lobby founded by John Gardner, filed suit to force the G.O.P. to yield up its list of benefactors.

Last week, probably too late and too ambiguously to produce any effect on the election, Common Cause and the Committee for the Re-Election of the President reached an accommodation of sorts....

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