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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 15, 1978-Page 9
Thompson put personal calls on public bill
INGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov In addition to political calls, tax- Washington. California, Massachusetts, Connecticut
s Thompson and his staff have payers were billed for personal and -An average of $25 in political calls and New Jersey. The calls totaled 519
hundreds of personal and unexplained calls to as far away as the was billed each of 11 times the governor minutes and cost $134.28. "Oh heavens
al long-distance telephone calls Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the Virgin traveled out of state to appear for GOP I can't remember all the calls I made,'
state nhnes and taxnavers' Islands. did tnr t i R b said Patterson

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money, an Associated Press in-
vestigation shows.
Thompson and his staff billed tax-
payers for calls to political consultants
in Washington and Detroit, to his
Chicago re-election campaign commit-
tee and to Republican Party officials
across the nation, the two-month AP in-
vestiatic, shnwc

THOMPSON IS running for re-
election this year. He is currently ser-
ving a two-year term because the state
constitution was amended to make
gubernatorial elections fall in non-
presidential election years. After this
year, the governor's term will again be
four years.
After the investigation began in
April, Thompson's campaign commit-
tee tried to reimburse the state for
political calls. The committee paid
$485, though the AP'found that, at the
least, an estimated $947 in such calls
had been placed.
A few Thompson aides also reimbur-
sed the state for personal calls.
The AP investigation involved checks
on about one per cent of 190,000 long-
distance calls made from the day
Thompson took office Jan. 10, 1977 to
the end of 1977. Overall, the Thompson
phone bill totaled about $120,000.
Among the findings:
-Taxpayers were charged for at
least 107 calls from Thompson and his
staff to Douglas Bailey, a Washington-
based consultant paid $9,000 a month by
the campaign committee. The bill: $282
for nearly 14 hours of conversation.
'-An additional $80 was billed to the
state for 48 calls made to the
Republican National Committee in

canuiates or co raise nepu ocan cam-
paign money.
-Dozens of calls to Citizens for
Thompson offices in Chicago cost an
estimated $285, only $57 of which the
committee has repaid.
-Dan Patterson, a former Thompson
aide and a close friend who left the ad-
ministration in August without paying
any of the bills, made 33 calls to his
family in Dayton, Qhio, to a girlfriend
in Milwaukee and to various people in

-An office staff member, Martie
Springfield, made at least 27 personal
calls to a boyfriend, family members
in New Jersey and friends in California,
costing taxpayers $88. "I was an
abuser," she acknowledged, saying she
plans to reimburse the state and adding
that the governor's chief fiscal officer,
Dan Long, "made me feel good. He
said, 'Look, don't worry, you're not the
only abuser.' "

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Thompson
THOMPSON SAYS the AP in-
vestigation "put us in motion to clean
up our house" in policing use of the
nearly 200 telephone lines in the
Springfield and Chicago offices of the
governor and in the Executive Mansion
here.
"Obviously we slipped up ... ob-
viously we didn't do our job," Thom-
pson said in an interview.
Cubans played
role in Zaire,
Carter insists
(Continued from Page )
veto a public works appropriation bill if
Congress does not delete spending for
several water projects he opposes. "We
just can't afford it," Carter said.
ON other issues, Carter said:
-He owes $160 in back taxes to the
Internal Revenue Service. But Carte
left his tax status unclear, saying also
that he expects a refund of $5,000 or
$6,000.
-A long-range guarantee of New
York City's debts is "the best ap-
proach" to solving the city's financial
problems. Even though the Senate
Banking Committee may oppose that
proposal, Carter said he hoped it would
prevail on the Senate floor.
-It's important for the world to
monitor what goes on in the Soviet
Union. "I have not avoided reference
both public and private to the Soviet
Union, and I intend to continue to do
so."
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