The Herald from Jasper, Indiana on December 21, 1973 · Page 5
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Friday, December 21, 1973 The Dubois County DAILY HERALD, Jasper, Ind. Investigation Indicates 1RS Resisted Political Pressure Page 5 By MIKE FEINSILBER WASHINGTON (UPI) - Congressional investigators have concluded that the Internal Revenue Service did not buckle under pressures from John W. Dean III, author of a “screw our political enemies” memo, when he came up with a list of 575 “enemies.” At the same time, former IRS Commissioner Johnnie M. Walters did not complain to the Justice Department about White House efforts to turn the IRS into a political apparatus— an apparent violation of the law. Reporting Thursday on the results of a six-month investigation into the IRS’ behavior under political pressure, the Joint Congressional Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation said it found no evidence the taxmen conducted harassing audits against the 575 taxpayers on Dean’s list. Christmas Cheer Starts HERE! 702 Main, Jasper ij • Sportswear • Hosiery by Beauty Mist • Nightwear by Katz & Lorraine • Dresses by Toni Todd ___ Vicki Vaughn ttjjl Berkshire • Lingerie • Robes • Gowns She'll Love Her Gift From CORBIN’S Open Nights Till 8 Sundays 1-5 Free Gift Wrapping Laurence N. Woodworth, chief of staff for the joint committee, was not as sanguine about the IRS’ response to reported White House suggestions that the taxmen take it easy on seven “friends.” Woodworth refused to identify any of the friends except one— New York osteopath Kenneth Riland, who treated President Nixon and accompanied him to China and who is under indictment for evasion of taxes. Shultz's Advice Others who reportedly were singled out for favorable tax treatment include actor John Wayne and evangelist Billy Graham, who has denied trying to use his influence with the Chief Executive to get out of tax troubles. The existence of the list of 575 “enemies” was not known until Woodworth’s staff began its investigation. Walters said Dean, counsel to the President, presented him with the list on Sept. 11, 1972, and asked him “to see what type of information could be developed concerning the people on the list.” Walters said he turned to his superior, Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz, who told him to “do nothing.” So, Walters said, he locked the list in his safe and took it with him when he left government service on May 21, 1973. Remained Silent But neither he nor Shultz informed the Justice Department, the investigators said. Last summer, Dean testified about his memo on “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our politi cal enemies.” He told the Senate Watergate Committee that at a now famous Sept. 15, 1972, meeting Nixon complained about the IRS’ political irresponsiveness Dean said he replied the IRS was staffed by a “monstrous’ bureaucracy of left-over Demo crats. Nixon replied he would change things after the elec tion. But Dean did not tell the Watergate committee about his visit with Walters four days before that meeting. Woodworth said Walters got the impression Dean wanted tax audits on the 575 “and life made tough on them.” Walters’ Reaction “My impression is Johnnie Walters was horrified,” Woodworth told reporters. Woodworth’s check showed that the 575 taxpayers had undergone about twice as many audits as would be normal for people in their brackets. But, he said, the “enemies” were scrutinized not out of political motives but because as class they tended to have more entertainment deductions and other checkworthy deductions than most taxpayers. One of those who was audited paid taxes of more than $1 million in one year, Woodworth said. He said most of the enemies appeared to be supporters of 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George S. McGovern or his contributors or wealthy supporters of liberal causes. Among the prominent people on the list were: Jean Westwood and Lawrence O’Brien, both former Democratic national chairmen; entertainers Burt Lancaster, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Polly Bergen, Gene Hackman, Joseph E. Levine, and Herb Alpert; Painter Georgia O’Keefe; Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis.; Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y.; former IRS Commissioner Mor- timner Caplin; former Defense Secretary Clark M. Clifford, Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, former Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee ; Howard M. Metzenbaum of Cleveland, who was designated Wednesday to fill the vacant Senate seat of William B. Saxbe, the new attorney general. Also Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, diplomat Angier Biddle Duke, Harvard Professor John Kenneth Galbraith, cosmetic naker Max Factor, Xerox executive Max Palevsky, liberal philanthropists Philip Stern and Stewart Mott, Harvard Professor George Wald, Sculptor Alexander Calder. Among the McGovern staff people or supporters were: Gary Hart, Frank Mankiewicz, Pierre Salinger, Gordon Weil, Anne Wexler, retired Adm. Gene LaRocque, Richard Dougherty and Kirby Jones. Job Exam In 165 B.C. Peking — The earliest known civil-service examination was held in the Chinese court in 165 B.C. DANCE MONDAY, DEC. 31 at American Legion Club in Jasper The Country Roads Music by Dancing 9 to 1 • HATS • HORNS • FAVORS RESERVATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED $3.00 per person — Phone 482-3862 Coke and Sprite Trade mar* * _ IB How’s the holiday supply at your house? !i m h* • ' - V" V ; '■ ' r • ¡ <_V ■*. * » : ’ :! ... . «y </ VV ♦ % #. , • VVVVV K * > y , \* V « « > ' * - Y.V : . ' REGISTER FOR Ji€Êmir€MÊ» AM-FI CONSOLE STEREO TO BE AWARDED CHRISTMAS EVL DEC. 24 % Register Each Time You Visit HOLIDAY LIQUORS (No Purchase Necessary) HOLIDAY FOR GIFTS THAT PLEASEl ! 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