Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 4, 1976 · Page 16
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Doesn't Practice What He Preaches Nader and the aviation project illustrates the difficulty of trying to pinpoint the structure of the Nader organization. Nader describes the project as "an independent educational group," At the same time, he says, it gets 80 per cent of its funds from Public Citizen. When Nader was bumped from a 1972 Allegheny Airlines flight because of overbooking, the : Aviation Project — represented in court by Nader's Litigation Group — successfully took up his cause. Nader ultimately was 'awarded $25,000 in damages and the Supreme Court ruled that a passenger who is bumped can sue for damage in the federal courts. In 1974, the latest year for which complete figures are available, Public Citizen raised a little more than $1.1 million, up slightly from the year before. The cost of direct mail appeals to raise the money 'was $338,430. Administrative expenses for the staff of Public Citizen itself were $48,229. The amount raised in 1975, said Nader, was just about the same "give or take 4 or 5 per cent either way." Nader said the final report was not complete because the group's accountant was on vacation. Here is a look at the six groups and their 1974 budgets. (The major change from 1974 to 1975 was an increase of about 50 per cent in the amount received by the litigation group, Nader said.) Litigation Group: $129,828. The legal arm of Nader's operation. Headed by Alan Morrison, it has seven full- time and two part-time lawyers. The group has been a party in over 100 cases involving anticompetitive industry practices, health and safety issues and government accountability. Morrison reports to Nader once a month with a formal summary of what the group is doing. Health Research Group: $136,596. Focuses on health care, food and drug safety and occupational health and safety. Headed by Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the group has a staff of nine, including three attorneys. It has studied issues ranging from Red Dye No. 2 to black lung disease. Congress Watch: $126,824. Nader's lobbying ar,m. The group is headed by Joan Claybrook and provides congressmen with research, technical analyses and legislative drafting services. It has lobbied for establishment of an independent consumer protection agency — still pending in Congress — for creation of a federal bank to loan money to consumer cooperatives. Tax Reform Research Group: $72,374. The group works to reform the tax laws and its lobbying in the House Ways and Means Committee last year was credited with being instrumental in elimination of oil depletion allowances. It also publishes a newsletter, "People and Taxes" and puts out "consciousness-raising reports." Among recent studies was a survey of property tax assessments in 67 cities. Public Citizen Vistors Center: $30,102. The center arranges guided tours of Washington at $2 per person COFFEE MUGS MAC.& CHEESE COFFEE FILTERS CATSUP APPLESAUCE MOTOR OH BLEACH ill TOMATO JUKE Safeway Regular 20 or 30 wt. VITAMINS LONG ...( PINTO BEANS SMOKED PICNIC Wilson's Corn King CANTALOUPES Sliced ib84C A I u%|-n DAOniJ Smok-A-Roma Super $455 SLICED BACUN 2-lb.'3.0fl Saver ib. I SMOKED PORK CHOPS 8 -M 99 Safeway Brand 3-lb. '2.77 £&« **?» SAUSAGE BONELESS HAMS SMOKED SAUSAGE.;.?;% ..'l 69 SWISS STEAK SALT PORKS,,,.-,., 8 ! 19 &£*.*».990 FISH STICKS Brand" Saver 8oz.39C FISH PORTIONSKt-' X M .z'2 29 California Melons SUNKIST LEMONS 5, Dr 490 VALENCIA ORANGES HONEYDEW MELONS E.770 POTATOES BARTLE1T PEARS Stti. ,290 ESCAROLE YELLOW ONIONS Sk , b 150 JADE PLANT Delicious and Sweet SAFEWAY USDA FOOD STAMP COUPONS...GLADLY ACCEPTED! Page 17 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, Aug. 4,1976 including visits to legislators' offices, committee hearings and the House and Senate chambers. It publishes a bimonthly calendar, "Inside the Capitol," of events including agency 'and congressional hearings, exhibits, etc. Citizen Action Group: $109,751. The organizing arm of the Nader organization. The group helps set up student- supported Public Interest Research Groups. Once established, these groups are technically independent, but the PIRGs are the closest thing to a broad-based, Nader- oriented network. The Capitol Hill News Service, providing regional coverage of Washington, received $112,731 from Public Citizen in 1974, but that group became independent at the start of this' year. It received what Nader called "a kind of good luck grant" of about $25,000 in 1975. Grants totalling $38,500 also went to the Aviation Consumer Action Project and the Retired Professionals Action Group, working for the rights of senior citizens. The retired professionals recently merged with the Gray Panthers and is no longer directly linked to Nader. Nader said he personally supports 19 persons, including those employed by the Corporate Accountability Research Group and the National Public Interest Research Group. How much money does Nader provide? "That I don't disclose," he said. Nader argued that as long as corporation lobbyists and executives are not required to disclose personal finances, he is entitled to the same privacy. "I don't particularly like to share information with enemies," he added. Among other groups linked with Nader either directly or indirectly: —Center for Auto Safety: "That's not our group," said Nader, adding that he simply "suggested to Consumers Union that they fund, an ( aiito safety unit." Consumers Union paid the salary of the director through a fellowship, but cut back in recent years and most of the funding now comes from foundations such as State Farm and Allstate. Former center director Dodge said Nader never had any official connection, but "it was the understanding that the center would work with Nader ... he was influential." —Professional Drivers: The group is comprised of Teamsters Union members and has been critical of the union leadership. Nader says the group is independent. The head of the organization, Arthur Fox, also works for the Litigation Group, however. —Center for Science in the Public Interest: frequently described as a Nader organization, the group has no official connection with Nader although it was founded by former employes. Next: Ralph Nader the Employer No Flagpole For Capitol TOP'fcKA, Kan. (AP) There will be no flagpole erected atop the Kansas Statehouse until the legislature decides whether it wants to cough up some more money for it. That's the decision Keith Weltmer, secretary of administration, announced Monday in regard to the flagpole the 1976 session authorized be placed atop the statehouse as a bicentennial project. The lowest bid for the flagpole was $26,000, and the lawmakers appropriated only $14,000. Weltmer said a big reason for the added cost was additional supports would have to be added in the dome to supplement the cast iron supports there now. The flagpole was to have been in place by last July 4 for the bicentennial observance, but Gov. Robert F. Bennett delayed the construction when the bids came in well over the estimate. OlVff YOUI IUDOIT A BREAK!

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