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The Michigan Daily,

Vol. LXXXVI, No. 1-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, May 5, 1976

Free Issue Sixteen Pages plus Supplement

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ordin3p mre
arterols closerto nomination
eya 9 ssnat Pres
Ronald Ieagan won the Indiana presidenti'I primary
election last night, surging ahead of President Ford in
their contest for the Republican presidential nomina-
tion.
In Indiana, Georgia and Alabama, he made Ford a
three-time loser in a day, and with that showing took
s, rthe lead in committed GOP delegate strength.
The conservative challenger, who once seemed on
the brink of elimination, now leads the President in cons-
mitted delegate strength.
SIT WAS A showing that elt iOrd's political future in jeopardy,
for novW it is the Presidenat who must prove himself in the
& 9 primaries.
Itenocrit Jimmy Carter rolled to two more primary victories,
a A ^ Indiana and Georgia, led in the District of Columbia, and
gained new strength to display to the party's leaders as he seeks
tto rally them behind him.
Alabama Gov. George Wallace led in his home state primary.
RotGERS MOR'ON, the Ford campaign manager, said Reagan
had 'a sudden, and I hope temporary, advantage.
s"However, I remain convinced that we have the potential for
Sa vii'st-hbllt victory in Kansas City," Morton said.
It was t dramtic turnabout, and it cast Retgan as the front-
runner in delegate strength. The returns yesterday pt hoi athead
fii' delegate Omiitmeats to swell his total to 34w, with tFii'd
at 295.
It WAS tEl first time the former Califni nogovernor htad led
i that department. ljord does have support among incommtnitiltled
delegates, but that could be shaken by the Reagan revival.
"We had expected to lose Georgia and Alabama," Morton
AP Photo said in Washington. "Indiana is a disappointment."
PRESIDENTIAL CONT'lENDER Ronald Reagan stops in the lobby of his motel yesterday eve- He blamed it on crossover voting by lDemocrrts who sided
ning to sign autographs for two unidentified Kansas City women. The women, in town for the with Wallace in past campaigns but switched to the tGti primaries
thoroughbred horse races at Ak-Sar-Ben, said they decided to delay their trip to the track,
and waited for several hours to get the former California governor's signature. See REAGAN, Page 13
0 /Icfinancing ok'

WASHINGTON uA-)-The Senate passed
nd sent to President Ford yesterday a
ill that would open the way for a re-
umption of federal campaign subsidies
for presidential candidates.
The vote was 62 to 29, two more than
fe two-thirds vote that would be needed
o override a veto. The House passed the
easure Monday by 291 to 81.
A KEY PART of the bill is a restruc-
ring of the Federal Election Commis-
'on (FEC) in compliance with a Su-
reme Court decision so that the federal
soney spigot for presidential contenders,
ut off since March 22, can be turned on
gain.
But the bill also makes many other
hanges in campaign finance law that
p onents contend would undermine the

independence of the FEC, add to the
political muscle of labor unions, and in-
crease the advantages of incumbent of-
ficeholders.
Ford has said he will carefully review
the legislation, a compromise of sepa-
rate bills previously passed by the Sen-
ate and House, before deciding whether
to sign or veto it.
He repeatedly urged Congress just to
pass a bill reconstituting the FEC to,
comply with the Supreme Court's Jan.
30 decision that all six of the agency's
members be appointed by the President.
THOMAS CURTIS, chairman of the
commission, said he does not want to be
reappointed to the restructured FEC if
Ford signs the bill.
He said that the measure approved by

Congress undermines the independence
and effectiveness of the commission. He
said he would remain on the comrnis-
sion until a successor is chosen.
The 1974 campaign finance law creat-
ing the FEC provided for appointment of
four of the members by Congress. The
court ruled this was unconstitutional be-
cause the commission performs execu-
tive functions.
Just last week, Ford issued a state-
ment protesting that Congress was in-
troducing confusion and uncertainty into
this year's elections by making many
other unnecessary changes in existing
law.
HE HAS received conflicting advice
from Republican congressional leaders
on whether to sign or veto the bill.
Senate GOP Leader Hugh Scott said

he thought the bill was the best the Re-
publican minority could hope for and
advised the President to sign it.
But the Senate Relpublican whip,
Robert Griffin, said he favored a veto,
and so did Rep. John Rhodes, the House
GOP leader.
Rhodes called the bill "pro-union, pro-
Democratic, and pro-incumbent."
FORMER California Gov. Ronald Rea-
gan, Ford's opponent for the Republican
presidential nomination, also has urged
a veto.
Passage was delayed 24 hours when
Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-Conn.) began a
filibuster on the bill. But he ended it
when the Senate agreed, 91 to 0, to the
principle of quick action on a number
of so-called Watergate reforms.

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