INVESTIGATIONS: A Great Week for Legality

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Boyle says that he was a "mere volunteer" for Truman, when in fact, he ran Truman's campaign. His defense in the Lithofold case (like his reply to Senator Smith) is based on the assumption that he cannot be held (legally) accountable for using his influence on behalf of his clients before April 20, 1949, when he became a paid official of the Democratic Party. Boyle tries to make the case turn on whether he was paid by the party when his political influence was used for Lithofold. The point is he was paid by Lithofold.

A Vice President. In New York last week, a third group of investigating Congressmen found another example of how to make money out of politics, and, incidentally, learned more about American Lithofold. While he was chief of the city's Federal Alcohol Tax Unit, James B. E. Olson apparently found time to earn up to $6,000 as a vice president for the energetic St. Louis printing firm. The committee noted that New York liquor concerns whose taxes were collected by Olson gave their label-printing contracts to Lithofold. Quite a week for legality. Not so good a week for honor and decency in public life.

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