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Page 6--Tuesday, July 15, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Billy Carter
registers as
Libyan agent

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WASHINGTON (AP )-President
Carter's brother, Billy, registered withs
the Justice Department yesterday as
an agent of the Libyan government and
revealed that he has received nearly a
quarter of a million dollars from the
African country.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court,
the Justice Department resolved its
months-long probe of Billy Carter's ac-
tivities on behalf of the radical Arab
government without bringing criminal
charges.
THE PAPERS SAID Billy Carter
received $220,000 from the Libyans this
year, which the president's brother
described as loans.
The Justice Department filed a civil
suit against Billy Carter, which was
resolved by a consent agreement filed
at the same time yesterday. Under the
agreement, the president's brother
registered as an agent of a foreign
government, but denied any previous
wrongdoing.
Justice Department spokesman John
Russell noted that in only one previous
case, involving a columnist in 1963, has
the Justice Department filed a criminal
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charge for failure to register under the
42-year-old Foreign Agents
Registration Act. Russell said the
columnist pleaded no contest and was
fined.
THE CRIMINAL PENALTY for
violating the registration law is up to
five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The act requires that certain persons
and firms disclose their connections
with foreign governments, foreign
political parties, and other foreign
principals. It also required that they "
disclose their activities in the United
States on behalf of those foreign in-
terests.
BILLY CARTER, WHO lives in
Buena Vista, Ga., was not immediately
available for comment on whether he
intends to do that.
The president's outspoken younger
brother has previously declared that he t
was not an agent of any foreign gover-
nment and so was not required to file
with the Justice Department as a '. . r.
foreign agent.
But in its complaint, the Justice
Department said Billy Carter, through,-S/" f
various actions including two highly- r
publicized trips to Libya, "undertook a
propaganda campaign" for that coun- APPhot
try during the past two years. TWO DETROIT POLICEMEN gaze at some "elephant tracks" covering a
few of the city's downtown streets Sunday. The "tracks" lead from the conven-
tion complex to a neighborhood bar.
Reagan to assess V.P. choices;
several candidates wait in wings

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From AP and UPI
DETROIT - Ronald Reagan, still
publicly undecided about his choice of a
running mate, has set aside time to in-
terview the Republicans who might join
him on the presidential ticket, an aide
said yesterday.
Reagan, whose arrival here puts the
vice presidential guessing game into
high gear, is said to be waiting until
tomorrow night at the earliest to make
-his choice.
ON HIS ARRIVAL in the convention
city, the GOP nominee-in-waiting said
he still had not decided who he would
select. "I don't know. I really don't
know," he told reporters.
The vice presidential candidate will
be formally introduced to the
Republican National Convention on
Thursday night, the closing session of

the meeting that began yesterday mor-
ning. -
While Reagan flew here yesterday
from his home in Los Angeles, the
speculation about candidates, and the
jockeying to promote a favorite, con-
tinued ina flourishing rumor mill.
THE FORMER California governor
spent some of his last days at home
before the convention pondering the
decision with aides. One staff member,
who declined- to be identified, said
Reagan "has reserved some time" to
see the candidates before tomorrow,
although the meetings were not for-
mally announced and are not certain.
Nor was a list of those to be interviewed
made available.
Trying to send a signal that he might
make the choice on ideological grounds,
rather than those of political expedien-

cy, he volunteered that he thought there
was "something cynical in choosing
someone with a different political view
from your own with the idea in mind of
getting votes."
Former President Gerald Ford, who
has taken himself out of the running for
the vice presidential job that he once
held, will meet with Reagan today.
CONSERVATIVES fearing Reagan
will pick a moderate running mate to
balance the Republican ticket vowed
yesterday to stage a floor fight if
necessary to get a right-wing vice
presidential candidate.
There were increasing indications
Reagan was eliminating the conser-
vatives from his list of prospects, with
George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Sen.
Richard Lugar and Rep. Guy Vander
Jagt - pretty much in that order -
emerging as favorites.
A survey of Republican leaders in the
50 state delegations by UPI reporters
showed that the convention was sharply
polarized on the vice presidential
question. Conservatives told Reagan
they wanted Rep. Jack Kemp for vice

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