CONGRESS: Campaign Funds: Who Gave, Who Got

Setting a double standard of ethics.

Congress provided federal campaign funds for the 1976 presidential election —but refused to do the same for Senate and House campaigns. With the White House doors shut, special-interest groups simply poured their money through the still open gates on Capitol Hill. Common Cause reported last week that such groups showered a record $22.6 million on candidates for Congress in 1976—nearly double the amount given in 1974. Herewith the top givers and recipients in Senate and House races:


Medical associations $1,790,879

Dairy committees 1,362,159

AFL-CIO committees 996,910

Maritime unions 979,691

United Auto Workers 845,939

Energy interests 809,508

Education associations 752,272


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