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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 5-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, May 11, 1976 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
Ford hopes for rebound

By The Associated Press
President Ford attempts to stops the
momentum of Ronald Reagan's Repub-
lican presidential drive and build some
momentum of his own today as Nebraska
becomes this week's principal political
battleground.
The President, only two weeks ago a
solid leader in the race for the Repub-
lican presidential nomination, now trails
Reagan in the delegate count and looks
to the Nebraska presidential primary to
provide a psychological boost going into
next week's contests in Michigan and
Maryland.
ALSO SCHEDULED today are a Dem-
ocratic contest in Nebraska, with Sen.
Frank Church of Idaho, in his primary
debut, the latest candidate to try and
stop Jimmy Carter; a non-binding beau-
ty contest in West Virginia, and a party-
run Democratic primary in Connecticut
that is the first step in the selection of
that state's 51 delegates. But most of
the attention is on Nebraska, which has
only 25 delegates but which has become
a test of Ford's ability to bounce back
from four straight setbacks - a crush-
ing defeat by Reagan in Texas.
Meanwhile, Carter, maneuvering to

close party ranks behind his presidential
candidacy, has arranged a private meet-
ing with AFL-CIO President George
Meany.
The two men, who talked once on the
telephone but who have never met, will
get together Friday in Meany's office
across Lafayette Park from the White
House.
AN AIDE to the 81-year-old labor lead-
er, confirming the arrangements yester-
day, said Carter "took the initiative" in
setting up the session. The aide said
only that the two would "get together
See FORD, Page 7
BULLETIN
WASHINGTON QP) - Senate leaders
worked behind closed doors yesterday
and emerged with a compromise plan
to create a permanent committee to
oversee U.S. intelligence actiivties.
Sources said the compromise calls
for one permanent committee, with 17
members, to take exclusive oversight
over the CIA and partial oversight of
FBI and military intelligence opera-
tions.

Democratic Presidential candidate Frank Church sits with his wife, Bethine, at
a campaign rally in Lincoln, Nebraska. Church, who is running in his first
primary, hopes to break Jimmy Carter's momentum with a victory in Nebraska.

AUSTIN FUNDS QUESTIONED:
Elsman to file complaint

Baker to head
Saffirmative action
By LAURIE YOUNG
"Women and minorities represent a gerat source of
wealth which the University has not successfully tapped,"
said Gwendolyn Baker, who was appointed director of af-
firmative action programs at the University last Friday. "I
want to work to be part of a University that is a leader in
the area of affirmative action."
Baker, assistant professor in the School of Education
and former chairwoman of the multi-cultural program, has
a strong interest and expertise in multi-cultural education,
and especially, in relation to teacher's education. Through
her dedication to this field, she works to integrate the in-
volvement of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups into
every aspect of curriculum.
"I WANT TO PUT aside my efforts, but not my interest,
in teacher's education and transfer my energies to affirma-
tive action so that I can articulate my interests in such a
way as to better the University community," she said.
As Affirmaive Action officer, Baker will act as liaison
See 'U', Page 7
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By ELAINE FLETCHER
James Elsman, a contender for the Democratic
nomination to the U.S. Senate, yesterday told The
Daily that he plans to file a complaint with the
State Board of Ethics regarding possible illegal
campaign contributions solicited by his opponent,
Secretary of State Richard Austin.
Elsman, a Birmingham, Michigan lawyer, said
he plans to ask for Austin's resignation from his
position as Secretary of State because of con-
flicts of interest that will be brought out by the
complaint. Elsman, who first challenged the le-
gality of the contributions at a meeting of the
Tray Democratic Club last Wednesday, said he
will file the complaint tomorrow.
THE COMPLAINT, said Elsman, is centered
around campaign contributions collected from
"fee branch managers" who operate approximate-
ly 90 out of 200 branch offices of the Secretary of
State. Fee branch managers are appointed by the
Secretary of State and paid on a commission
basis.
According to Elsman the managers are hired
with the understanding that a certain percentage
of their salary will be "kicked back" into their
boss' political campaigns.
"A taxpayer can honestly conclude that a part
- of the money he plays for a license plate will go
directly to support the political campaign of
Richard Austin," said Elsman. "The spoils sys-
tem has been around for a long time but that
doesn't mean that we should go on letting our-
selves get screwed.
"IN THE PAST," Elsman added, "the Secre-
tary of State has used the funds to elect himself
as Secretary of State. Now the funds are being
used for a whole different office."
Elsman estimates that up to $50,000 has been

collected from Austin's own appointees for the
Democratic Senatorial primary election, using
this system.
"Nobody is cuite sure how much it is," he said.
"Austin delayed his election announcement so
that he avoided the last filing date this month on
election finances. We won't know how much these
branch managers are giving until the end of
June. We may never know how much time they
are donating."
MANAGERS ARE regularly solicited for cam-
paign contribtuions, admits Charles Deamud,
head of the "Fe Branch Managers Association."
"These people were always contributors to
whichever party happened to be in power at the
time. This year we asked people to go a little
bit further and contribute to Austin's Senate
campaign," confirmed Deamud.
But both he and Austin's campaign manaager,
Robert Millender, deny that any pressure has
been applied to the managers to force them to
contribute.
"Austin is not receiving any illegal campaign
contributions. I can tell you emphatically that
there will be no pressure," said Millender, in
response to the charges.
"Any person involved in pressuring a fee man-
ager for a political contribution, would be sevore-
ly censored for doing so," he added.
See ELSMAN, Page 14
AA TU wins first court battle
See Page 3

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