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The Connally touch We’ve been saying all along that John Connally is the presidential candidate of the big corporations, and now we have the proof. Common Cause released, on January 25, a study of the Connally campaign finance reports showing that the chairmen of the board or presidents of 41 of the nation’s top 200 industrial firms have made contributions to Big John’s campaign. Vice presidents and vice chairmen of many others of the top 200 are also in his column. There are the oil companies, of course: the chairmen or presidents of Exxon, Mobil, Texaco, Tenneco. Phillips, Occidental, Ashland, Cities Service, Getty, and Superior; other officers of Standard Oil of California, Standard Oil of Indiana, Atlantic-Richfield, Shell, Continental Oil, Union Oil, and Diamond Shamrock. Other companies on the list include U.S. Steel, Dow Chemical, Bethlehem Steel, Rockwell International. Kraft, Boeing, General Foods, Monsanto, Pepsico, Alcoa, Lockheed, Kerr-McGee, Time, and so on ad nauseam. Common Cause also noted contributions from the top executives of major companies not on the list of industrials. Like, for example, the chairmen of AT&T, American Express, Halliburton, Coastal States, A&P, Hershey, Hughes Tool, Dun & Bradstreet, Safeway. . . . Most of these men coughed up the maximum individual contribution, $1,000. \(We couldn’t find any women on the list, though a few men made joint The citizens’ lobby has focused on Connally like this because he is the only presidential candidate of either major party who refuses to accept public funds for his campaign and intends to rely solely on private contributionswhich makes him exempt from the spending limits imposed on the others. He obviously isn’t having any trouble finding cash; word trickled out of campaign headquarters last week that the JC fundraisers are over the $10 million mark. That’s right, $10 million, and it’s still 11 months till election day. One thing we noticed, though, is that all that extra money sure didn’t help him in Iowa, where he finished a poor fourth with only 10 percent of the take. It turns out that corporate board chairmen aren’t the only people who vote. Fred Harris’ knowledge and experience Tem ocr TiiL arris Now in a stimulating and highly readable text for introductory American government students AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY The Ideal and the Reality Fred R. Harris, University of New Mexico Fred Harrisuniversity professor, nationally experienced politician, and lucid commentator on the American political scenehas synthesized his knowledge and experience in the most stimulating and highly readable text ever written for introductory American government students. Political processes, institutions, and issues are thoroughly covered, with a positive emphasis on citizen participation throughout. Solid, realistic, and above all, optimistic, this is the one text that will involve studentsfrom the first chapter to the last. Available now, 669 pages, illustrated, hardbound. With Instructor’s Manual and Study Guide For further information write Jennifer Toms, Department SA 1900 East Lake Avenue Glenview, Illinois 60025 Scott, Foresman and Company 20 FEBRUARY 1, 1980