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Thursday, August 18, 1949
SPENDING BY LOBBIES BREAK ALL RECORDS MEDICOES LEAD LIST Washington (LPA) Money poured out for lobbying in the na tion’s capital during the first half of this year has smashed all re cords. A roundup, just prepared by Congressional Quarterly, a special Washington service, disclosed that 261 lobby organizations spent at least $4,098,653 during the six months in efforts to influence leg islation. That’s according to the lobby’s owl reports filed with Congress under the lobby regulation. The total is $635,000 higher than dur ing the same period of 1948. Some big lobby groups haven’t yet re ported, so the final figure will be still greater. Business outfits did the great bulk of the spending—a total of $1,854,819. Many other groups closely allied with business, such as conservative farm organizations, professional men’s outfits, tax or ganizations and others, spent most of the remainder. Labor organiza tions were down at the bottom the list with aggregate outlays a mere $132,276. American Medical Ass’n—$508, 397. Committee for Constitutional Gov’t. .$306,297. National Ass’n of Electric .Co’s —$224,222. The AMA spent the huge sum to fight health insurance. The CCG in which Frank Gannett, chain newspaper publisher, is a major figure, laid out its money to oppose repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act and to battle against every social welfare measure pending*in Con gress. The NAEC—which is the power trust’s lobby—concentrated on opposition to public power leg islation. One of the biggest of all, the Nat’l Association of Manufactur ers, wasn’t on the list. It hadn’t filed when the returns were tabu lated, but its budget runs to $5,r 000,900 a year, though it claims only a small proportion goes for legislative lobbying. The real estate lobby was up in the top rung, too. Foremost in this group was the Nat’l Association of Home Builders, which spent $181, 606, but claimed only $44,448 was on direct lobbying. Next was the jNat’l Association of Real Estate ^Boards, with $86,493. Others in Ithis, lobby front, such as the Nat’l Apartment House Owners Ass’n and US Savings and Loan League, added about another $190,000 to the pot. All fought against public housing and rent control legisla- How to get to EASY ST. Easy street—a place of freedom from financial cares and scene of a secure future—isn’t hard to find. Regular week-to-week sav ings can put you there. The good habit of putting a little aside each week is really an easy habit to form—and there never was a better time to acquire it. Your dollar will buy a lot more of things you want on Easy Street tomorrow if you’ll come in and see us about a savings account today. SAVE now at Firs# National Member FDIC East Liverpool’s Oldest Bank Phone 914 for happier SPENDING later Furniture—Stoves Bedding—Curtains Drapery—Rugs—Carpets Paint- Appliances Dinner & Cooking Ware Seven Floors Of Quality Furniture And All Furnish ings To Make A House A Comfortable Homs. Established 1880 East Liverpool, Ohio Convenient Terms CROOK'S “THE BEST PLACE TO BUY AFTER ALL" tion. Anti-labor lobbies galore Were on the roster. The National Small Business Men’s Ass’n, which cam paigned for retention of Taft-Hart ley, listed $129,637 the similar Conference of Small Business Or- LOBBY PROBE Washington (LPA)—A new drive to get an investigation of Washington’s biggest busi ness-lobby—got under way in the House this’week. The House Rules Committee cleared for action on the floor a resolution by Congressman Frank Buchanan (D, Pa.) for creation of a committee of seven House members to con duct a lobby probe. of of on Among the biggest spenders lobbying during the half year were: A Once before, the House over whelmingly passed a resolution setting up a joint House-Sen ate committee to do the inves tigation. However, a similar resolution, sponsored in the n I sat Senate by Harley M. Kilgore IdIO (D, W. Va.) hasTbeen tied up I— in the Senate Rules Commit- [1 tee. Tired of waiting for the Senate to act Buchanan push- American Bat Ass.n are CMk. ed his measure for a separate I. House inauirv Other organizations in the top|of the Taft-Hartley act,, lobby brackets included the United[ Many of the examiners “black World Federalists, wRh expehdi- [baiied” by the panel had served tures of $169,401 Citizens Com-L^g government for years, with mittee on Displaced Persons, $141,- [high ratings. Their proposed ouster 612 National Ass n of Margarine [caljsef| s0 great a kickback Manufacturers $73,873 National the panel quit en masse Coal Ass n, $60,816 Amencan[ Lahor spokesmen hailed Hotel Assn, $50,219 Natl Cooper-|pane|,s resignation as "good ative Milk Producers, $89,703 Col- dance» but that didn’t end orado River Ass n, $66,621 Pro- battle The ABA( they aaid( is ducers’ Council $62,804 Central Lying to get 5n by the back doori Arizona Project Assn, $61,399,L domjnate the examiner system. ?oeJnaPinI IndUc?? The new scheme of the ABA $58,087 Southern States Industrial publicized in thp Washington Daily Council, $50,449. [News, is to seek legislation Which r-fn A«9b avo"lwou,’ P,ttce the choice of examin ported $37,350 the CIO, »26,M9J in the hands of either a new and varying sums were recorded la(|minj(ttrati eonrt or a US Cir hy individual internationals. I #jt Court Appca|s eithcl. [case, the idea is to phi nt in such New Paper Aids CWA Drive [court judges who stand in well with Washington (LPA)—‘The Com-[the ABA hierarchy and will follow niunications Workers of America [its “line.” An AFL spokesman —released the first issue of a new[made it clear labor will fight the bi-weekly newspaper, the CWA|new plan as hard as it attacked Beacon, to be used in the union’s |the previous panel setup. drive to organize 200,000 telephone The original panel was headed workers. As a result of the drive|by Carl McFarland, a leader in the which is already well under way, |Bar Association, whose firm repre bargaining elections will be held[sents the NAM in a suit challeng before September 1 among the 9600 |ing the government’s lobby regula workers at five Western Electric |tion law. McFarland signed the plants in Indianapolis, Buffalo,[panel’s mass resignation letter to Baltimore) St. Paul and Allentown,|the Civil Service Commission, and Pa» Last week the CWA won an|he gave as a reason “unfair critic election covering employes of|ism” of the panel and failure of Southern Bell in nine southeastern| the CSC to back it up. states. The score: 26,216 fot ,CWA However, on Capitol Hill, it was 4264 against. [revealed the real reason was some -------——---------r-—:—— thing quite different. What hap [pened was that the Senate passed |two significant riders to a Civil [Service appropriation bill, propos [ed by Senator Wayne Morse BllSllieSS LaWYSrS W Up a neW scheme to *rab con‘ __________q y _____ __ [trol of government administrative co. ai. a [agencies, after failing in their first gamzations, $26,584 the Fascist-1® slanted Tool Owners’ Union, head-1 ed by ex-Rep. Fred Hartley, $27,- Their original plan was to set 304 the National Economic Coun- “P a Penaanent “watchdog” panel cil, run by reactionary Merwin K. [composed of ABA moguls and at Hart $23,522. |torneys satisfactory to the Nat’l j’ i i „„„[Association of Manufacturers to Among individual companies, one I ... ... of the most lavish spenders was P88? wbfl ma n.ot General Electric, which put out the P’ ‘"al «8"”"ers in various US notorious loaded questionnaire in p®’6 eS favor of the Taft-Hartley law It These examiners hold crucial reported $113,770 [positions. They pass in the first in- The railroad lobby was no piker [stance on the myriad of cases aris either. The Association of Ameri-fng under such Federal laws as the can Railroads said it coughed up [Tuft-Hartley act, Federal Trade $83,472 on legislative activities. |act, Interstate Commerce act, Se The Transportation Ass’n of Am-purities and Exchange act, and erica, allied with the railroads, re-[many othert. Control of the exam corded total receipts of $198,432, |iners virtually meant power to cori but didn’t say what it spent. Small- |trol enforcement of those laws, er organizations in this field boost- a panel rigged up by the ABA ed the total by tens of thousands [functioned for many months under of dollars. |the wing of the Civil Service Com- A big pile was collected by the Imission. It drew up a register of Nat’l Tax Equality Ass’n, the out- ["qualified examiners,” from which fit which has been working for leg- |many of the old Wagner act trial islation to cripple co-ops. It gave [examiners were disqualified, but its receipts as $240,940, but claim- [on whicll were put many cronies ed only $31,782 was spent on lob-|an(j reiatives of panel members, as bying. A lot of state units, of the[wen as a ]ot of lieutenants on the NTEA added to the expenditures. |staff of Robert N. Denham, “czar” StIII Washington (LPA)—Bigwigs offr -----------------------1 the American Bar Ass’n are cook-1“"“II that the rid1 the still (R. Ore.). One rider would prohibit the [commission from using any of [funds to hire outsiders on civil [service boards of examiners, so [long as qualified people are avail fable for that purpose in Federal [agencies. the The second rider would bar pay |to any member of such board if |he has been financially interested |in any case before a government [agency or in any litigation involv ing the government. The first rider would hbVe the [effect of kicking out McFarland [and four associates on his panel. |The second would have hit [Farland [nection [against [Farland [prospect of being fired. Mc con- suit Mc the alone because of his with the NAM’s the government. So quit before he faced the the Another key development in [case was the disclosure that [Senate Civil Service & Postoffice [Committee, headed by Senator [din Johnston (D, S.C.) is going [ahead with an investigation of the [McFarland board’s previous shen [anigans. Also, efforts are still being made |to persuade the Civil Service Com mission to throw out the entire [register of examiners drawn up by TH® TOTTERS HERALD, EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO SEVEN TO ONE FOR FORD STRIKE—Ford workers in Michigan are seen as they lined up last week for a state-conducted strike vote under Michigan’s Bonme-Tripp (little Taft-Hartley) law. The 87,800 members of United Auto Workers in Michigan shw-6 they were ,Td ly behind their union’s demands for a health and pension plan and wage raise by voting more than seven to one to strike if a strike becoa.es necessary. z PIOT For Power Over Federal Agencies w- ‘ABILITY TO PAY’ IVIvllvV IVlUIIII 19 |to Ataa o| ate |$8009 Jia VlVIl I perties he I 4lain II va DlftAYAfll Lflnv Hlv DlUvIawU[June I Many Tenants In WI SCO II SI 11 I SCO aaa ma 30% Rent Boost The steel industry’s net pro fits jumped 52 in the first Madison, W1S (LPA)-Desper half of this year over the same at® last-minute efforts to stall toff period in 1948, a survey has fe^ral ren/ cont™,s on shown J| 275,000 dwelling units in Wiscon- Ptnfltx-after taxes-of' »in proved unsuccessful last week. companies surveyed by «... |Aa remit, the state W.I1 have to United Press rose to I305.9W, live Underarent wpassedbythe 506 in the Ural six months of |GOP legislature Which will allow 1949. A-year ago they were Himmediate rent boosts of 50% on “only” S201,494,199. I”8"? «m™, and will let loose a l[ flood of evictions. -........... Oscar Rennebohm, who had [stalled decision on the bill for If Ml IA Iff* A HmAIIIIiQ [weeks after the legislature sent it his desk, stands himself to make The need for FEPU is being ‘felt [mediate 15% increase in rent. In thruout the country now as the [exchange for a leAse running thru employment situation tightens ’and [1950, the landlord can exact an union officials point out the danger [other 15% increase, bringing the of not only discriminatory hirings [total rent boost to 30%. but also discriminatory firings in-| Evictions can be carried creasing. [without notice in many cases under Other civil rights measures under |the Wisconsin law, and there are consideration in an anti-poll tax lynching bill. Byrd machine defeated a liberal candidate by discouraging voters by charging them a heavy poll tax. more a year on rental pro owns in Madison, offi- All rents will be decontrolled on 1, 1950, under the state law. |For tenants whose rents have al- Washington (LPA)—Hope fdr|ready been raised 15% under the enactment of any civil rights leg-[federal rent control law, another islation during this Session of Con-|15% boost is allowed immediately, gresS was abandoned last week [provided the landlord offers a lease when Rep. Adam Clayton Powell [running thru 1959. (D, N. Y.) said that no attdinptl Whether or not the landlord would be made to call up his bill [offers a lease, tenants who didn’t for a Fair Employment Practice |get a boost of 15% under the fed Commission. |eral law will be faced with an im- Senate were [numerous grounds on which evic- the _____ ___ bill and an anti- Itions can be made on 60-day notice. la i* II tax law was poll week in contest where the Need for the pointed up last Virginia election the hot The law against mob violence is being deserted for the titne being because Dixlecrats have announc-. ed they will filibuster in the Sen- Washington (LPA)-Anti-union ate if such a measure is intro- have launched a campaigi! duced. A calendar of events for the to wipe out a long-established Fed past fortnight speaks for itself Oh eral labor law-the Walsh-Healey this subject- |act» wblch requires payment of .[prevailing minimum wages by com er VaJrPn j°f |Pan’es producing goods for sale to Florida ordered National Guards- Uncle Sam Tbe act has been on men into the town of Groveland |the books since 1936 where a mob was prowling ini search of a Negro rape suspect. In| “eP- j°hn, Alabama the Ku Klux Klan refus-‘ ed to turn over its membership list|Ke8 the. ...who tn a P-rand inrv sponsored the Dixiecrat-Republican July 18-9 high school football k08™0" bi" t0 ‘he Taft- coach was arrested in Birmingham,!”^" ey a?Y- Ala., for participation in a flogging. July 19—The National patrolled Groveland. Most Negroes left town. The boarded up their houses. i July 20—-Ku Klux Klan members bailing minimum schedules var-, were identified in four floggings in Jefferson County, Ala. Both whites!Ian and Negroes were beaten. July 21—The Chief of the Ala bama Klan, Dr. E. P. Pruitt, re signed in protest against elements within the Klan who “go out and whip people.” July 22—State of Alabama sought to indict the KKK, as such, in connection with floggings and abductions. July 23—The Klan openly threat ened political revenge on Alabama officials charging it with mob viol ence. July 26—The posse in Groveland,! Fla., finally ckught one of the I Negro suspects, shot. and killed I him. Klahsmen tried to kidnap the I mayor of Iron City, Ga., but were| beaten July Northwest Bus Strike Is Won out Anti-Union Forces Go Gunning For Walsh-Healey Act Wood (D, Ga.) in to repeal the act. congressman masked! W°°d did so after employer or ganizations launched a violent at Guardltack on Labor Secretary Maurice J. nf th„|Tobin because, in compliance with [provisions of the Walsh-Healey |iaw, he has established new pre- i Wnnrt riiri en afnai* ohiYdnVire nK IV«UUX1£ Ill 11 111 1114111 SV11CTUUIVA 111 vai"| jious industries on government con Itracts. These ranged from 85 cents hour in some branches of the ■clothing industry to $1.23 in steel. I The National Association of| I Manufacturers has raised, the roof lover Tobin’s wage determinations land has started clamoring for I Walsh-Healey repeal in the alleged I name of “economy.” It declared I that “large sums could be saved I the government if the law were [taken off the statute. books.” A [similar cry came from the U. S. [Chamber of Commerce. a Imnc inriiicrrino nn nnn. Also, the Committee for Consti tutional Government, rabid anti labor outfit showered the country with circulars charging that Sec retary Tobin was kowtowing to “the collectivist designs of labor ... Jmonopolists.” It called for a letter KU.n r€' [writing campaign to members of 28-A local coroners jury c„ “sa toAepoal or amend” the the posse which killed the wa|fh.Heill |^w. in Groveland. A hooded I cleared Negro ______________________ band in Columbia. S. C. flogged! and shot four Negrees. ILLINOIS DRIVERS BOOSTED August 1—A sheriff in Nash-| East St. Louis, Ill. (LPA)— ville, Ga. rescued a Negro from a|Wage raises ranging from four mob of 1500 who wanted him to [dollars to $9.40 a week were won lead them to a rape suspect. |by 135 members of Teamsters August 2—The head of the Ala-[Local 729-AFL here, it was ann bama Klan went to jail a second Jounced. The new contracts cover time for refusing to produce a list [employes of 10 dairy and beer dis of members. [tributing companies. that panel, and to start anew from I Ask for Union Labeled merchant scratch. Idisa. ____ Minneapolis (LPA)—The North land Greyhound bus strike, which completely tied up bus transporta tion over 10,090 miles of -tea in eight midwestern states a:.. Can ada for 105 days* ended here last week with substantial wage gains for the strikers. Some 1300 Strikers walked off the job April 27 after the company, a subsidiary of the national Grey hound system, refused to budge from a wage award made by a Minnesota fact-finding commission. The final settlement, approved by a 1051-to-112 vote by the strik ers, provides considerably higher wage rates than the commission award. Drivers’ monthly minimums were raised from $177.50 to $190 and they were given an increase of .45 cent a mile. The commission had awarded a .35-cent raise. Non-operating employes will get 12 Vi cents an hour more, with an other l^-cent raise Jan. 1. The commission award was 11 cents. The drivers won one of their principal demands, an extra 25 cents a day for making out reports., This had been rejected by the commission. The new contract will run to Dec. 31, 1950. The strike was con ducted by the A FL Motor Coach Employes local 1150.”"'• best way to go. Chicago Tribune Anti Other Dailies Continue To Drop The Tafl-H a 11 e y injunction ■srnrt the AFL Typography il L.'. un h»* not saved the stiUn bound icago daiiu s from on tinued losses in circulation, accord to th- Pitk- t, official paper of ae striking pi.nters. The daily Ghicnro Trihuhe, which had l,025,()f piui readers bef're the types walked out, has dropped adily and now cJa ns only 935, 000. The Sunday Iribun^ admits lo a more than 250,'jLJ zu.ee February of this year. The Chicago Daily News admits a loss in sales and e bscr i/*'rs for the fourth consecu-.ve In July alone John S. Knight’r Chicago paper lost 22,176. The daily Sun-Times, which lost another 15.660 buyers and sub scribers during July, now has reached an all-time low of 615,000. Before the strike the Sun and iimes^ which at that time were separate c....ies, had a combined sale well above 800,000. John Pilch, president of the Chicago local, believes the volume of ads in the strike-bound news papers would be much smaller if th’T’n papers did not enjoy special favor of the NAM. Buy Union-Made goods from others as you Would have them pay Union wages unto you! When You Shop Go By BUS And avoid riding during the rush period, leaving more room for workers who can ride only at that time. Shop ping early in the day is best, for you and your working neighbor. If you’ve tried it you know that’s a fact and you’ll want to keep right on doing it. If you haven’t tried it, do so and see how much better it works. Such cooperation on your part will result in better transportation for all. And remember, when you shop, go by bus. It’s SAFE, QUICK and the very Valley Motor Transit Co In Circulation Kepplier Safety Team Wins Top Honors In Meet ad re- the The strike has also affected vertising. Fibres published cen+’y in Fdi Ask' & Publisher, lead ng trad- paper of the indus try, show that in the country as a whole newspaper advertising in creased more than 7,000,000 lines during June, with all major cities sharing in the increased business except Chicago and Miami, where the printers are on strike. the the are the Pointing out that nearly all country’s big corporations “h ’. up with the NAM,” prime: &’ president declares those corporations are willing to pay for ads ih the Taft-Hartley dailies to help the publishers bust the union. “It really amounts to a subsidy for the strike-bound papers,” he de clares. “With other big corporations laying their money on the line to help the big newspaper corpora tions,” says the union spokesman, “we think it’s only common sense and common decency for union workmen to help their fellow work men who are picketing the Chicago Tribune and other Taft-Hartley papers. But workers don’t have to help us with money. They can help us best by NOT paying money into the Taft-Hartley war chest of the struck Chicago newspapers.” Mahonoy City, Pa., (ILNS).—• For the second successive year the crack Repplier Coal Coi team won the Annual Safety Day and First-1 Aid Meet at Lakewood Park, near Mahonoy City, Aug. 6 and took $150 in first prize money in a field of 11 teams with a score of 99.68 points. Sponsored by the 38 anthracite companies of the Middle and South ern Individual Anthracite Opera r? F’’it Aid Meet Association, the fifth annual event attracted several hundred spectators to see expert demonstration of mine safe ty me i ures. Cash prizes of $525 were given to the 5 winning teams, with second to fifth awards going to St. Clair Coal Co., Phoenix Coal Co., Locust Coal Co., and Buck Run Coal Co. Richard Maize, Secretary 6f the Department of Minei, Common wealth of Pennsylvania, addressed the teams and spectators briefly. The prof directed by State Mine Inspector Timothy A. Ryan, Was presented in cooperation with the United Mine Workers of Am erica, the Pennsylvania Depart ment of Mines and the U. S. Bur eau of Mines. Joseph Ruane wgs chief judge for all events. A letter of greeting was read for Thomas Kennedy, vice-pres ident of the United Mine Workers, who was unable to be present. Joseph Kershetsky, president of Dhtrict 9, UMWA, spoke, empha s.z.ng the importance of whole hearted participation in the annual safety event. MACHINIST STRIKE SETTLED Louisville, Ky. (ILNS). The Week-old strike of machinists at the International Harvester plant here was settled Aug. 9 after IS hours of negotiation. S. W. Duncan, commissioner of the United States Conciliation Service, announced that representatives of the Inter national Association of Machinists and the corn ry had reached an agreement .-t provides for changes in job classifications, re sulting in higher pay for most Of the machinists. Ask for Union Labeled merchan dise.