POLICY: Payoff' Charges On Cargo Bill

Carter redeems a promise —but the memos leak

The maritime unions are small—a total membership of 76,000—but their political puissance rivals the billow of a spinnaker in a full wind. One reason: knowing that the U.S. shipping industry survives largely by Government subsidy, the unions have been willing to contribute to the campaigns of friendly politicians. One is President Carter, whose support of the unions is now subjecting him to angry charges of "political payoff' by Republicans brandishing Administration memos apparently slipped to them by somebody inside the White House.

The subject of the uproar is a "cargo preference" bill that...

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