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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 14, 1981-Page 7
Corporations donated
$280,000 to Congress

A UNIVERSITY LAW student enters the new law library yesterday. Access to the library is now restricted to law
students and other students with specific passes.
Non-lw students barre

WASHINGTON (UPI) - Corporate
America handed out more than $280,000
in campaign donations to members of
the House Ways and Means Committee
while they were considering $500 billion
in business tax cuts, a watchdog group
said yesterday.,
Most of the recipients had just been
elected to "safe" seats in Congress, ac-
cording to Federal Election Com-
mission data released by Congress
Watch, a consumer group founded by
Ralph Nader.
THE WAYS and Means Committee
originates tax bills, and 24 of its 35
members got a total of $280,491 in the
first six months of this year from cor-
porate political action committees, said
the Congress Watch report.
During the reporting period, Ways
and Means was holding hearings and
shaping the tax cuts that went into ef-
fect Oct. 1. Congress Watch said the
reduction "will give business $500
billion over the next 10 years and vir-
tually eliminate the corporate tax by
One member who received no
political action committee money in
that period was chairman Daniel
Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) But in the;
previous two-year campaign cycle,
before he became chairman,
Rostenkowski led the list with $157,425
in corporate contributions - more than
half of his total campaign kitty.
"CAMPAIGN contributions may be
expected in an election year. But one
would not expect substantial campaign
contributions in the first half of the first

year following an election - par-
ticularly if the recipient holds a 'safe
seat," said the report titled "Dealing a
a PAC'd Deck.
Democrats on the panel averaged far
more in donations than GOP members
because Republicans alredy suppor-
ted President Reagan's plan, the report
Democrats got an average of $9,828
and Republicans an average of $4,537.
When the 11 members who got no
money are excluded, the Democratic
average rose to $12,558 and the
Republican average to $9,073.

from. new law

THE FIVE with the most donations
had no primary opposition and got
more than two-thirds of thegeneral
election vote: Reps James Jones (D-
Okla.). $49,450; Guy Vander Jagt (R-
Mich.) $29,750; Ken Holland (D-S.C.)
$24,900;Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.)
$24,801; and Marty Russo (D-Ill.)
Jones, the top recipient, also is
chairman of the House Budget Commit-

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"The Reading Room in the old section
of the library is still open to everyone
for studying their own materials,"
Pooley said. He said that anyone with a
note from a professor or T.A. specifying
a need for the use of material in the new
section, is welcome to use the new
"We don't want to deter people with a
cause for legal materials," Pooley said.
IN ADDITION, people who want to
visit the neW structure can obtain a one-

hour pass at the front desk.
Many law students said
preciate the new rule.
"Since it is the new part
majority of legal research
done," said Dave Victor, firs
student, "'it seems fair this a
be restricted to law student
providing the necessary spa
mosphere to carry out the
part of their curriculum."
Before the new rule went i
non-law students could use

library. But since Sunday, the old law
they ap- library has become jammed, students
where the Pooley said some problems have
must be come up with the new facility. One
t-year law problem is that students will pull books
rea should off the shelves and take them to their
s, thereby carrels, making it difficult for other
ce and at- students to locate these texts, he said.
important To remedy this problem, the library,
has added more books to the new sec-
nto effect, tion, Pooley explained.
the new

Report From the Underground
Wednesday October 14 - 8:00 pe m.
Room 126 Residential College, East Quad
An-Open Discussion of Revolutionary Politics from
the 60's to the 80's
BERNADINE DOHRN-University of Chicago Law School,
currently teaching a course on Women and the Law at
a New Haven Community College. Eleven years with
the Weather Underground and for a time on the FBI
most wanted list.
BILL AYERS-University of Michigan graduate, currently
working at a Day Care Center in New York City.
Was a School Board Candidate in Ann Arbor while
working with the Children's. Community School.
Eleven years with the Weather Underground.
RICHIE FELDMAN-University of Michigan graduate currently
working at the Ford Truck Plant in Detroit. He works
with NOAR (National Organization for the American
Revolution) and has been for some time close to the
work of Grace and James Boggs.
Sponsored by Residential College-Panel hosted by Susan Harding
Thursday October 15, 8:00
Room 100 Hutchins Hall, Law Quad
BERNADINE DOHRN-Graduate of the University of Chicago,
is currently teaching a course under the above title at
a Community College in New Haven. She has been
earlier active with Students for a Democratic Society
and was an Executive Director of the National
Lawyers Guild doing organizing. (also see above).
Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild

LONDON (AP) - Amnesty Inter-
national today claimed the FBI
fabricated evidence and used other
means to put the leaders of black, In-
dian and other American minority
groups behind bars.
The London-based human rights
organization urged President Reagan's
administration to set up an independent
commission of inquiry into alleged FBI'
Roger Young said, "Until we get a
chance to review the report-it would be
impossible to comment on it."
Amnesty International,. which cam-
paigns worldwide for the release of-
political prisoners' and regularly
criticizes authoritarian regimes for
alleged human rights violations, said
the investigation should center on the
trials of Black Panther leader Elmer
Pratt in 1972 and American Indian
Movement leader Richard Marshall in
Both men were convicted of murder
and sentenced to life prison terms.
Amnesty said they* were "convic-
ted.. .after being targeted for FBI in-
telligence action."
BOTH MEN claim they are political
prisoners framed by the FBI through
fabrication of evidence an.d the
deliberate withholding of "vital infor-
mation by the authorities."
Amnesty official Ann Burley, who
compiled the 144-page report of alleged
FBI abuses, said, "Over a period of
many years we've had cases referred to
us of alleged FBI misconduct and we
feel that in many of these cases the
allegations have been substantiated."
Asked how extensive the alleged FBI
misconduct .was, she said, "It's im-
possible to say. We can only go on the
cases sent to us and our evaluation of
them. There are a couple of dozen
cases receiving our attention."
THE AMNESTY report charged that
some of -the abuses were carried out
under the FBI's COINTELPRO coun-

charges E)
ter-intelligence program directed
against dissident organizations in the
United States. That program officially
ended in 1971.
But, the report alleged, "Other;
misconduct took place long after that
under investigation programs."
Ms. Burley told The Associated Press
in a telephone interview, "Whether it is
still the case we don't know. But
political activists in the U.S. say it is
continuing. In that sense our in-
vestigation has not finished."
HOWEVER, she emphasized that Am-
nesty has not "in many cases been able
to make such a clear judgment as we've
done" in the cases of Pratt and Mar-
Pratt, a Black Panther leader in

southernCalifornia, was convicted in
that state of killing a white woman
during a holdup in Santa Monica.
Marshall was convicted of killing an
Indian in a bar in Scenic, S.D., in March
In these and other cases, the Amnesty
report said, "production of false.
evidence, misstatements about FBI ac-
tion, harassment, infiltration of defense.
teams by informants and failure to
make available information which the
defense might have used are all shown to
have occurred."
The report made no comment on
juries' decisions on the basis of infor-
mation given them, but said "an in
dependent, overall inquiry is needed to
determine whether the basis of fair

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