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AF Airlift - Solon Scores Kennedy Over Funds ChJcago Tribune...
Solon Scores Kennedy Over Funds ChJcago Tribune Service WASHINGTON, Aug."17 — Sen. Hugh Scott (R-Pa.) told the Senate Wednesday night '"""•'•'—I that a charita- fble trust fund I controlled by the ffamily pf Sen. fJohn F. :Kennedy :Kennedy (D : Mass.) is : being used ffpr ."blatant po- |litical purposes." lAKennedy,; his Iface white"with . linger,- retorted Sen. Scott th'at: t h i s was "the most unfair,'distorted and malignant attack in my 14 years in government." The Senate, where-decorum Is customarily prized, heard the unusual sound of booing from Democrats as it was again plunged into presidential presidential politics, as on every day ol the postconvention"session. THE LATEST conflict also Involved Vice President Richard Richard M. Nixon, Republican nominee nominee for president, as well as Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, nominee, although Nixon was not present.. A packed Senate heard the exchange which 'had been brewing since Scott, hours before, before, released a speech he intended intended to make. Before he delivered delivered it, it had been denounced denounced as ."completely political political and highly inaccurate" by Kennedy's press spokesman. From the welter of charges and counter-charges, these agreed-upon facts emerged: An organization known as the African American Student Foundation has been sponsoring sponsoring a project kno%vn as "African "African Airlift." "Funds were raised privately and scholarships scholarships offered to give 250 promising promising African students college training and support in the United States. But $100,000 was needed to transport the African young men here. Vice President NLx- on's assistance was solicited by Jackie Robinson, retired Negro Negro baseball star. Nixon urged the State Department Department to provide the needed funds. The State Department was a long time making up its mind. When it finally agreed to supply the 8100,000, and a Nixon aide informed Robinson Robinson of the good news, Robinson Robinson discovered that "a private foundation" had agreed to s\ip- ply the money, promising also to give "continuing support" to the students for a four- year period, making the total commitment several hundred thousands of dollars. THE PRIVATE foundation was identified as the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, established by the multimillionaire multimillionaire father of Sen. Kennedy Kennedy in honor of his son, killed in the war. Robert F, Kennedy, the senator's brother, brother, is chairman of the foundation. foundation. As Scott told the story to the Senate "the long arm of the Kennedy family has reached out and plucked this project away from the United States government.'*

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 18 Aug 1960, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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