Final Accounts

Transition books are opened

The details of two funds were surrounded by mystery for more than three years. It gradually became known that they had raised and spent roughly $1 million, mostly in money from private donors, to smooth the transition from the Carter to the Reagan Administration. But the General Accounting Office, an arm of Congress, was refused access to the books. Leaks about who got how much from the funds appeared; White House aides reportedly quarreled among themselves about how much to disclose and when Jacob Stein, the special prosecutor who is...

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