Ferraro's Disputed Exemption

Geraldine Ferraro has handled with aplomb most of the questions thrown at her on the campaign trail. But she seemed evasive last week when asked why she has been so secretive about the income of her husband John Zaccaro, a wealthy New York real estate man. Like 20 other members of Congress, Ferraro has claimed an exemption from saying anything about a spouse's business activities in the financial-disclosure reports that all federal lawmakers must file.

Critics point out that the exemption is open only to a Congress member who has no knowledge of and derives no benefit from a spouse's...

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