Rage 2-Wednesday, January 25, 1978-The Michigan Daily
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES IN LIMBO:
LANSING (UPI)-Technical legal
tljestions have temporarily delayed
Lash payouts under a new law which
prpvides public funds for gubernatorial
The Michigan Secretary of State's
esmpaign finance office has approved
payment of $115,000 to state Sen.
Patrick McCollough but Treasury
ppartment officials say they cannot
isue the check until certain questions
ar~e cleared up:
°CHIEF DEPUTY Treasurer Carroll
Newton wants to know: Exactly how
much money must be set aside for fall
Ejection payments which have top
pOolrity? Have the funds for the
ram been properly appropriated
Ythe legislature? And what happends
ihere isn't enough money in the till?
vender the 1976 public funding law, the
"ie is supposed to provide guber-
4torial candidates with $2 for every $1
they collect in contributions of under
'sn addition, candidates nominated by
the Democratic and Republican parties
will receive a flat payment of $750,000
at the beginning of the general election
FUNDS TO PAY for the program will
come from the voluntary checkoff on
state income tax forms.
McCollough, a Dearborn Democrat,
is the first candidate to get official ap-
proval for assistance under the.
program, although campaign finance
officials are expected in the near future
to approve a payment of roughly
$125,000 to Public Service Commission
member William Ralls.
State, Sen. William Fitzgerald (D-
Detroit) and East Lansing attorney
Zolton Ferency also hope to get state
money for their campaigns.
NO REPUBLICANS are in line for
state help since there are no declared
GOP candidates at this time.
Newton said the state has roughly
$2.6 million in the campaign funding till
from 1976 tax returns.
But it is not entirely clear whether
this money or the money coming in with
1977 tax returns has been properly ap-
propriated for the program, he said.
THE STATE attorney general's
opinion will be sought on the question.
The answer will have a significant
impact on the state's ability to make
good its promise of assistance to would-
be governors since by law it must set
aside enough to cover the fall campaign
before giving out any money for the
, If there are problems with the ap-
propriation, Newton said, the state may
not have enough money to fully fund the
program and his office will need
guidelines on how to make pro rata amount which has been set aside-has
payment to qualified candidates. already been answered unofficially and
THIS WILL BE difficult, he said, sin- an official memo on the topic is on the
ce officials do not know at this point way from the secretary of state's office.
how many candidates there will be or The answer is $1.6 million-the two
how much assistance they will claim. $750,000 payments plus some extra fun-
Newton said the first question-the ds for minor parties.
Police demand proof
in Belgian baron
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PARIS (AP) - Police demanded yes-
terday that the kidnappers of Belgian
industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Em-
pain deliver any of his personal posses-
sions "to prove they are indeed holding
The message was issued following
anonymous telephone calls claiming
leftist groups were responsible for Em-
ONE CALLER demanded release of
two imprisoned members of the notori-
ous Baader-Meinhof gang in what was
believed to be the first information
linking the abduction to the West Ger-
Two callers purporting to be from the
French leftist group Armed Nucleus for
Popular Autonomy telephoned French
news agencies early yesterday and
threatened to execute the baron and
"other bosses" unless three of their
comrades were released from prison.
They set a deadline of Wednesday
HOWEVER, A STATEMENT pur-
porting to be from the French revolu-
tionary group, delivered later to the
Paris leftist newspaper Liberation, said
it had "no link whatsoever with the in-
dividuals who kidnapped" the 40-year-
Anonymous calls also were received
last night by the Paris office of Radio
Luxembourg and the leftist daily news-
"We, the Armed Nucleus for Popular
Autonomy, claim responsibility for the
' kidnapping of Baron Empain. We
demand the liberation of our comrades
before Wednesday noon. If not we will
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low," a caller told Radio Luxembourg.
THE CONFUSING CLAIMS and
counter-claims were made as French
authorities acknowledged they have no
hard leads as to the whereabouts of the
baron or his five abductors.
"The kidnappers of Baron Empain
must send to the family or to the police
one of his personal objects to prove they
are indeed holding him hostage," said
the statement released by French po-
French newspapers noted that the
Budapest-born nobleman, who has a
taste for race horses and yachting, was
a likely target for kidnappers seeking a
big ransom or political objectives.
EMPAIN WAS KIDNAPPED Mon-
day by five masked gunmen who boxed
in his car with two small trucks and a
motorbike as he was being driven away
from his Avenue Foch apartment.
Some of the kidnappers beat up the
baron's chauffeur, drove him off in one
of the trucks and dumped him, while
others made off with Empain in his own
The car was found Monday night on
the outskirts of Paris, and one of the
trucks was found a few minutes drive
from the kidnapping scene.
Empain is president and managing
director of Empain-Schneider, a Fren-
ch-Belgian conglomerate of 150 com-
panies that employs 120,000 persons
around the world in electronics, ship-
ping, machinery, lumber, banking and
real estate and has revenues of $4.5
billion a year.
THE INDUSTRIAL EMPIRE of the
"Baron Atomique," as he is called by
the French press, also includes produc-
tion of weapons and nuclear power
Police said EMpain's family had not
yet been contacted by the kidnappers.
His American-born mother, Rozell
Rowland of Columbus, Ohio, was a
music hall star in the United States and
London in the early 1930s. She lives at
the family chateau in Val D'Oiso out-
side Paris, and has refused comment on
her son's abduction.
Daily Photo by BRAD' BENJAMIN
Out ona limb .
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Car owners prefer
DETROIT (UPI)-Most American
car owners believe foreign-made models
are better built, use less gas and are
more durable than domestic vehicles, a
survey by an automotive parts
association revealed yesterday.
However, most of those contacted in
the nationwide survey by the Motor and
Equipment Manufacturers Association
said U.S.-built cars are easier to ser-
vice and depreciate more slowly than
the imports. More than half said their
next car will be American-made.
ASSOCIATION President William
Raftery said the study is a "clear signal
that, rightly or wrongly, the public per-
ceives the small imported cars as bet-
ter than their American-built counter-
"The domestic auto companies
should take note," he said. "Unless
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there is a dramatic change, foreign
small cars will capture as much as 45
percent of new car purchases in the
next few years."
Raftery said the study-covered 10,000
"automotive households" throughout
the United States, which were asked to
rate foreign versus domestic cars on
quality of engineering, gas mileage,
durability, availability of service,
resale value and value for the price.
THE STUDY found 39 per.< cent
favored foreign cars over domestic
cars on engineering quality, while 29
per cent thought U.S. cars were better
built, Raftery said. The remaining 34
per cent were undecided.
On fuel economy, 58 per cent respon-
ded that imports were more efficient
while only 15 per cent favored domestic
On durability, 34 per cent favored
imports and 31 per cent preferred
ASKED WHICH cars are better buy
for the price, 36 per cent picked imports
and 33 per cent favored domestic cars.
However, only 32 per cent said they
believe foreign cars retain their value,
while 36 per cent said U.S.-built cars
draw better resale prices.
Despite the high marks auto owners
gave foreign cars in the survey, 54 per
cent said they will pick ,a domestic
nameplate for their nextcar.
Raftery said those surveyed also
were asked whether they would favor a
national program requiring yearly
vehicle inspections for safety, fuel
economy and pollution control. He said
42 per cent responded favorably and 27
per cent opposed with the rest reporting
OF THOSE favoring such a program,
he said, 57 per cent said they would
support a 1-cent-per-gallon fuel tax to
subsidize the program, while 24 per
cent opposed such a tax and 19 per cent
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