REPUBLICANS: Hard Times

The Republican National Committee, representing the party of thrift, should practice what it preaches. So said G.O.P. Treasurer James Scott Kemper last week in a huffy letter of resignation to National Chairman Guy Gabrielson. Wrote Kemper: "We neither have collected the funds I thought we should collect nor have we reduced expenditures drastically." The party's reserves had dropped from $800,000 in July 1948 to $90,000—"for me," wrote Kemper, "a real tragedy."

The national committee had been spending at close to an election-year rate in an off-year: publicity men, statisticians and high-salaried executives loaded the payroll; expenses ran far ahead of...

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