Hustles: Mr. Smith's Inner Circle

Notes HUSTLES Mr. Smith Inner Circle

If Republican big shots like James Watt can collect $400,000 for a few phone calls to HUD, why shouldn't a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle get a few thousand for lobbying top officials face to face? That may have been the reasoning of Larry R. Smith, a Harrisburg, Ill., free-lance writer who received an invitation from George Bush to join the circle and submitted a $1,000 membership fee.

In a follow-up letter from retired Senator Howard Baker, Smith was promised a chance to "talk one on one with some of the most important people in government" at Washington briefings...

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