The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 4, 1978-Page 7
$2,500 TEAMSTERS CONTRIBUTION QUESTIONED
Patterson's funds investigated
PONTIAC (UPI) - Oakland County
Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson, a
Republican Senate candidate, is under
investigation for allegedly failing to
report a 1972 campaign contribution
from Teamsters leader James Hoffa,
the Oakland Press reported yesterday.
The newspaper said Police Chief
William Hanger confirmed the in-
vestigation was under way. But when
contacted later yesterday, Hanger
would not comment further.
PATTERSON TOLD the newspaper
he was not aware the contribution,
reported to be $2,500, was from Hoffa,
who was in prison serving a term for'
jury tampering at the time. Hoffa
disappeared three years ago.
Patterson said the money was less
than $500 and was donated to the
Republican party, not his own cam-
paign. He also said he reported the
donation, but the records have since
He said the revelation was an attempt
to sabotage his Senate campaign.
"AFTER FIVE and a half years of
being an aggressive prosecutor, they
know the only way to get me is by at-
tacking me while I'm running for
higher office," Patterson said.
"I've kept my nose clean and my
powder dry, and they know it. The only
way they can hurt me is through my
candidacy. It's obvious.",
Patterson also told UPI that recent
prosecutions of persons tied to
organized crime probably "were
sparking the accusations.
"THEY'RE KICKING back," he
said. "They're coming out of the wood-
work in the last few days, or from under
The newspaper said the money was
relayed from Hoffa to Patterson
through Louis Linteau, a former Hoffa
associate who was recently arrested in
Oakland County in a sweep of alleged
organized crime figures. Linteau, a campaign that year.
limousine service owner, is believed the According to the newspaper, its
last person known to have talked to Hof- inouiries about the donation prompted
fa. McCabe to tell Hanger of the meeting.
Others at the breakfast meeting, the Hanger reportedly then decided to have
newspaper said, were Patterson cam- his department investigate.
paign workers Lorene Jaworski and Hanger would not deny the Press
Irene McCabe. McCabe headed an story, but he said his policy was to
organization strongly opposed to avoid comment on ongoing in-
busing, the key issue in Patterson's vestigations.
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