Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 18, 1976 · Page 14
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i? Ford, Congress Clash Over FEC; Workers' 'Voluntary'Donations WASHINGTON— (LENS) — Congress now has until March 22 to produce a new legislative charter for the Federal Election Commission, thanks to the reprieve granted by the Supreme Court last week. Without this extension, the executive powers of the commission would have lapsed, and the flow of public funds to presidential candidates, some of whom are already hard pressed for money, would have stopped. To correct the defect that the court found in the election 'Commission's original charter, what Congress must do is simple. All that is needed is an amendment placing the responsibility for appointing the commission's members in presidential hands. Power of appointment under the original law was shared by the president and the two houses of Congress. The court found this confusion of powers unacceptable. If matters really were so simple, Congress would not have needed extra time and would not now be on its way to a clash over the campaign law with President Ford. Matters indeed are more complicated. The occasion of a modest legal revision suggested by the court, recommended by President Ford and uncontested in Congress, is being used to change other aspects of the campaign law. Chief among these concerns is how far companies can solicit political contributions from their employes. In a much-criticized ruling last November, the commission authorized companies to take donations to their political funds directly from employes' earnings. This would of course be voluntary, but unions were outraged all the same. Such a practice, they argue, made workers vulnerable to pressure from management, and gave Republican corporate fund-raisers an advantage over their labor, mostly Democratic, counterparts. The bills now pending in Congress are intended to correct this by permitting companies to raise money only from among the ranks of management or from stockholders. President Ford has threatened to veto any bill containing such a restriction. or indeed any bill that tries to provide for public financing of congressional election campaigns. This is not the time. Ford said last week, to broach that problem. Should it come to a presidential veto, and should Congress fail to muster the votes to override it, the Federal Election Commission's executive power would lapse on March 22. Its staff would continue to examine requests for federal funds from presidential candidates, however, even though none could be paid out, in the hope of some early settlement between president and congress. The principle of public funding for presidential campaigns is not at issue and so any temporary interruption in the flow of federal funds to presidential campaigners should not prove fatal, except possibly to those already critically short of money. The commission is not in danger of running short. By the beginning of the year $62 million had been set aside by the treasury to be paid in matching funds. This public war-chest has been built up over the past two years out of the voluntary contributions of $1 which taxpayers may make by checking off a small box of their federal tax returns. Of this total, $48 million is set aside to cover the costs of the two political conventions ($2 mi 11 Ton approximately for each party) and for the Timei Harold, Carroll, la. Thunday, March 18, 1976 14 presidential campaign that follows ($22 million for each candidate). That leaves $14 million over for spending now during the primary election campaign. The total sum which the election commission has already authorized is just over $9 million and another $2 million was waiting to be authorized this week. Still, the commission is not alarmed. The spring is the peak time for tax returns and another $30-35 million is expected from taxpayers over the next few months. The most the commission can pay out to any one candidate during the primary elections is $5.5 million, so even in the unlikely event that all of the present candidates remain in the race until the conventions, the commission is confident it can cope. Three candidates in fact have already dropped out, and more should follow, leaving the question of the disposal of unspent federal funds. All candidates have six months after the nomination to set their records straight and return a proportion of their unspent funds. The two most recent certifications by the board of the commission have raised the question of whether it is too permissive. While Sen. Frank Church of Idaho has met all the requirements for receiving public money, he has yet formally to declare his presidential candidacy. The commission, which scrutinizes campaign spending and does not just arrange handouts, replies that the public has the right to know about the fund-raising of all candidates, including those that are, as yet, exploratory or officially undeclared. These candidates, in return, have the right to public funds. Graver doubts are raised about the certification of public money for Mrs. Ellen McCormack of. the pro-life movement, campaigning against abortion. One board member dissented from the board's judgment, arguing that since Mrs. McCormack's name did not appear on many of the contributions to her cause, these were not unambiguously presidential donations, and so should not count as matchable funds. Mrs. McCormack's presidential effort is widely and probably rightly regarded as a convenient platform from which to air views against abortion. The majority of the election commission's board, all the same, decided that it was not the business of a federal commission to make' decisions that could harden into rules about the kind of issue a candidate must discuss before his or her campaign can be considered presidential. To have met the financial requirements for receiving public money is, in their view, enough. Woodturner Plies a Vanishing Trade SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a weathered shop near the waterfront, the last practitioner of the all-but-lost art of woodturning is hard at work sculpting fluted columns and elegant balustrades out of finest redwood and teak. Victor Lauteri, master woodturner, molds the graceful, vase-like curves into the wood on his lathe by the lightest touches of his sharpened steel tool. He disdains measuring instruments, instead gauging his work by eye. "It has to be built into you," said Lauteri, 64, of the craft he began learning as a boy of 12 in his native Rome. "Victor never ceases to amaze me,'' said his employer. Bob Haas, fourth generation of his family to run the 88-year-old Haas Wood & Ivory Works. The shop has been in its current location since just after the 1906 earthquake. "Woodturning is an art you just can't pickup," Haas said. "It's just about a lost art here in the United States." The firm was founded during the Victorian era when wealthy San Franciscans wanted their homes filled with decorative woodwork in the form of columns, newel posts, rosettes and finials. The Haas family also provided ladders for the fire department, gavels for judges and clubs for police. "Then the era of chrome and plastic nearly put us out of business," Haas said. But a revival of interest in Victorian architecture set his lathes humming again a few years ago, and Haas, said, "Now we can hardly fulfill the workload we have, and it's all from word of mouth." Among his current projects, Haas said, is a 20-foot-long curved desk for the office of film mogul Francis Ford Coppola. "We're also turning the teak for the King Faisal Hospital in Saudi Arabia." Haas said. "Teak is a brutal material — it tears the hell out of tools.'' Haas' main problem now is that Lauteri plans to retire next summer and will be almost impossible to replace. He said Local 42 of the Millmen's Union here so far has failed to come up with a qualified woodturner, as has the California Department of Employment. Haas said he was hoping to persuade an Italian wood- turner once employed by Lauteri to move to the United States so he could work for the shop. The Iowa Bookshelf A KILLING FOR CHARITY. By Arthur Kaplan. (Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, Inc., $7.95.) Charity Bay is a beautiful, sexy, cool, and competent Private Eye. Her detective prowess is introduced for the first time by Arthur Kaplan. Charity is retained by the New York diamond community to solve the murders of two diamond merchants for their parcels of uncut stones. There are no clues. Our Charity just happens to look in a bar at 8:20 a.m. and sees a Jewish man (with his yarmulke on yet) and he's drinking! Charity knows that Jewish men do NOT drink in the morning. So with that pearl of knowledge, she goes on to solve the murders. Throw in a kidnapping, a handsome police lieutenant, and some sex and you have one easily forgettable murdery mystery. The description of the diamond community and its workings is informative but not too exciting. Since this is Charity's introduction, I wish her well — in another type of work.—Joan Allender NOTICE! FINAL DEADLINE DATE SAT., MARCH 20th Special meeting will be held at Lake Wood Ball Room Lake View, March 1 8, 7:30 P.M. WEST CENTRAL IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION Has set Sat., March 20th as final date to sign-up in Boyer subsystem. 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