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THE WASHINGTON END OF IT
Washington, D. C, July 8. Sen.
Reed of Missouri, chief cross-examiner
for the Senate lobby investigat
ing committee, today -analyzed for
the United Press the evidence taken
so far by that committee and gave
what he believes will be the result of
these disclosures. His statement fol
lows: BY JAMES A. REED,
U. S. Senator from Missouri.
The lobby investigation and its at
tendant disclosures have demon
strated what has long been sus
pected: That the great special interests
have secretly and effectively directed
and controlled legislation. I do not
mean that all legislation has been
thus controlled, but that the inter
ests have been a potential influence
is beyond question. Evidence plainly
First, That they have opposed the
election of men known to be opposed
to their plans and desires.
Seeond, That they have secretly
given aid and support, both financial
any moral, to those who have been
subservient to their interests.
Third, That they have carefully
and secretly affected public sen
timent through carefully, prepared
news matter sent out through the
press of the country.
Fourth, That with great skill they
have carried on a propaganda with
their business connections and by
this means sought to influence votes
Fifth, That they have maintained
lobbyists in Washington whose busi
ness it has been not only to under
take to direct a course of legislation
and to oppose all inimical legislation,
but to undertake to control the elec
tion of the committees of Congress.
Sixth, In one instance at least, one
of these interests, the woolen manu
facturers, succeeded in having ap
pointed as confidential clerk of the
Republican members of the finance
' committee of the Senate, the secre
tary of the Woolen Manufacturers'
Association, who performed his work
so satisfactorily that he was present
ed by his employers, the woolen
manufacturers, with $6,000.
Seventh, That the sugar interests
of Hawaii, Porto Rico, Louisiana and
the beet sugar interests have made
common cause to prevent a reduction
of the tariff on sugar.
Eighth, That there is a community
of interests between many of the pro
tected industries and that there has
been raised and expended directly
and indirectly for the purpose of con
trolling public sentiment and affect
ing legislation many thousands of
Every day is bringing new develop- .
ments. Gradually the facts are being,
laid before the public. No one can
predict exactly what may yet be de
veloped, but as a result of this inves
tigation,, four things will happen:
The work of the lobbyist having
been exposed, he will be discredited
and his influence greatly lessened.
Legislation will be enacted which
will render the work of the lobbyist,
if not impossible, at least more diffi
cult. In my opinion lobbyists will be
required to register and to present
themselves before a committee of
Congress in their true character.
What, though the weather's scorch
And one may feel aflame,
Cheer up, it's never hot enough
To stop the baseball game.
Through frizzle and through sizzle it.
Will go on just the Bame.