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Court hears campaign funding case

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - During oral ar-
guments yesterday in a major campaign
financing case, Supreme Court justices
expressed skepticism about federal lim-
its on how much political parties may
spend on a candidate.
A ruling could affect the ability of
the Republican and Democratic par-
ties to influence this fall's national
races and how beholden individual

candidates become to the party. The
case dates to the 1986 Senate cam-
paign of Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.), and
a $15,000 anti-Wirth radio advertise-
ment bought by the Colorado Republi-
can Committee.
Solicitor General Drew Days 111, de-
fending the law that limits party spend-
ing on behalf of a candidate for federal
office against a First Amendment chal-
lenge, said such restrictions prevent both

real corruption and the appearance of
"There is a significant corruptive
potential in large amounts of money,"
Days said, arguing that limits prevent
"quid pro quo" dealings.
But Justices David Souter and
Antonin Scalia suggested it was per-
fectly appropriate for a party to donate
big money to a candidate and expect
some influence in return.

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During the first quarter of 1996,
Chrysler's campaign received $118,181
from individuals and $33,600 from PACs.
Rivers said she is proud to receive
money from a group that helps get
women elected.
"When women are 52 percent of the
population and only 10 percent of the
elected officials, it is appropriate to
bond together and help each other out,"
Rivers said.
Rivers' challenger for the 13th dis-
trict seat, Joe Fitzsimmons (R-Ann Ar-
bor), raised $63,000 in the first quarter
and has amassed a total of $279,928
since the start of his campaign.
Jeff Timmer, Fitzsimmons' campaign
manager, said that while individuals
have the right to organize and support
candidates of their choice, the amount
of monetary support from groups like

EMILY's List troubles him.
"In 1995, Lynn Rivers received over
45 percent (of her campaign funds)
from PACs, about $100,000," Timmer
said, adding his concern about large
donations from traditionally strong
Democratic sources within the state,
including labor unions, which make it
hard for challengers to compete.
Fitzsimmons' campaign has received
$4,500 from PACs, he added.
"I don't think that anyone has ever
suggested I'm not responsive to my
district by taking donations (from out-
side my district)," Rivers said.
Rivers said she was surprised at
Fitzsimmons' vehement objections.
She added that other groups that sup-
port pro-choice and pro-life Republican
women exist and have not beenncriticized.
Stabenow spokesperson Steve Gools
said the support from EMILY's List is
imperative for the campaign to succeed.
"When women stay home, Republicans
win," Gools said. "(The support) allows
(Stabenow) to connect with a portion of
the electorate that is key...women."
"It's a shame that Mr. Chrysler con-
siders (support for women in office)
such an onorous goal," Gools said.

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the air," said AAFD Captain Dave
Wilson. "It was something we did not
want to go near at first."
University chemical engineering
research fellow Fu Zhang was con-
ducting the phosphine experiment at
the time of the fire. Zhang was un-
available for comment, but DPS offi-
cials and fire fighters said the incident
was far from serious.
"We were dealing with phosphine
gas, which is very toxic - that's why
our job was to get everybody back and
away from the building," assistant Fire
Chief John Zahn said. "But it was a very
minor incident. The fire didn't do any
damage because there was sucha minute
amount of the chenical in the pipe."
Hall said the incident was not serious
because the laboratory's gas contain-
ment systemworked. "That's whatthose
gas boxes are designed for," she said.
Professors and University officials
who work in the Dow Building said
yesterday the chemical spill and fire
were so small that they had not heard
about the incident. "I haven't heard
anything about it at all," said chemi-
cal engineering Prof. Brice Carahan,
whose office is in the Dow Building.
Hall said there have not been any
major incidents involving student and
faculty experiments this year. "We've
had a few of these a year- usually
they are contained pretty well," she
said. "None have been very serious."
Phosphine is a volatile and un-
stable chemical used in the manu-
facture of circuit boards. Chemical
engineering officials said it is not
widely used in student experiments.

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GOP tax amendment fails m House vote
WASHINGTON - An election-year Republican push for a constitutional amend-
ment making it much more difficult to raise federal taxes failed in the House last night.
After a debate conducted while millions of Americans scrambled to meet their
income-tax filing deadline, the House voted.243-177 in favor of the proposed amend-
ment. But that was 37 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for approval.
Just 24 Democrats joined 219 Republicans in favor of the bill. Sixteen RepU
licans, 160 Democrats and one independent opposed it.
The amendment requires that any law "to increase the internal revenue by more
than a'de minimis amount" be approved by two-thirds of the House and Senate.
Congress could waive the restriction for up to two years in the event of a declared
war or other major military conflict.
"The American people ... understand that what they have left in their paycheck
is not enough," said Rep. Bill Archer (R-Texas), chair ofthe tax-writing House Ways
and Means Committee. "That's what this debate is all about. ... How big will the
federal government be? How much will it take out of our hard-earned pay?"
GOP leaders had timed the debate to end with a vote a few hours before the
midnight filing deadline for most taxpayers on the East Coast. Democrats said tht
was aimed at attracting maximum news coverage, and they employed a serie
procedural maneuvers that delayed the vote until 11:33 p.m. Ann Arbor time.

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Friends, strangers
mourn child pilot
PESCADERO, Calif. - To the
strains of "I'll Fly Away," the 7-year-
old pilot who died trying to become the
youngest person to fly across America
was mourned yesterday as someone who
could "reach into your soul."
Jessica Dubroff's mother, Lisa
Hathaway, caressed the white casket
containing her daughter's remains as
she remembered the child killed in the
crash of her instructor's light plane in
Cheyenne, Wyo., last Thursday.
Flowers and a small blue airplane
decorated the casket. Her 9-year-old
brother, Joshuawho reportedly planned
to fly over the service, was grounded by
the bad weather and was at the grave site.
"She knew how to reach into your
soul and stay there," she told some 200
people who had gathered in a foggy
drizzle at a small cemetery where Jes-
sica used to ride her bike, near the coast
about 40 miles south of San Francisco.
Jessica was attempting to become the
youngest pilot to cross the continent
when her small plane crashed in Wyo-.
Ex-president of
South Korea testifies
on use of slush fund
TOKYO - Former South Korean
President Chun Doo Hwan, appearing
in court yesterday on charges of accept-
ing $282 million in bribes during his
eight-year term in office, testified that
he used his huge slush fund for political
goals, not private gain.
While acknowledging that his political
fund-raising and spending during his
1980-88 term broke the law, Chun argued
that it was an accepted practice.
"It is an open secret that in the April
II legislativeelections,candidates spent
I to 2 billion won (SI.3 million to $2.6
million) in campaigning, well above
the legal spending limit of 81 million
won ($105,000)," Chun said. "They
have been assisted with political funds,
the same as in my case."
Speaking mainly in response to ques-
tions by his own defense attorney, Chun
gave the most detailed account yet pro-
vided of how he used his $900 million
slush fund. "I used none of it for private

mingon Thursday. Her father and flight
instructor also were killed.
Criticism ofthe flight has been~mount-
ing since the crash, with many people
saying children shouldn't be allowedto
fly. Others have wondered whether the
dream of flying across the country was
Jessica's or her parents'.
Supplement may
build muscles
WASHINGTON - A dietary supple-
ment developed for cattle feed appears to
help male athletes build twice as much
muscle as exercise alone, Iowa State
University scientists reported yesterday.
It's too soon to know all the effects of
HMB, which the body naturally p
duces every time a person eats protW
But clinical trials involving large supple-
ments of HMB are generating excite-
ment among fitness buffs. The
supplement'sdistributoreven claimsto
have sold it to some Olympians and
professional football players.
"if you take HMB and a bag of potato
chips and sit on a couch, you're not
going to see any effects,' .cautioned
Iowa State veterinarian Steven Nis
purposes," he told the court.
Prosecutors, however, told the court
they have confiscated $45 million of
Chun's hidden assets, including $7.9
million found in fruit crates in March.
Violent youths rule@
Liberian streets
MONROVIA, Liberia-The young
thugs wreaking havoc on Monrovia's
streets are untrained teen-agers, grind-
ing the gears of stolen cars they don't
know how to drive and waving their
weapons in the air.
Their young age is little comfo
the hundreds of thousands of unarmed
Liberians left to survive as their capital
descends into anarchy, orto Americans
and other foreigners being evacuated
on U.S. military helicopters.
The elite U.S. Army, Navy and Ai
Force forces taking part in rescue opera-
tions in Liberia say these gunmen are 2
far cry from the militiamen who united
behind Somali warlord Mohammed
Farrah Aidid during the deadly 1993-94
U.S. mission in Mogadishu.
- From Daily wire serviee

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