The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 13, 1956 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

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PACK TWO BLTTHEyiLLB (AM.) COURIER MEW1 Ford Says Assistant Solicited Funds For Ike from Dealers By LEE GARRETT WASHINGTON (AP) — Henry Ford II said yesterday his assistant as a private individual, sought contributions from Ford dealers in 1952 for President Eisenhower's election „„ he insisted, in testimony prepared for a Senate Commerce subcommittee, that no pressure was put oa the dealers, no company funds were used, and no other company personnel were involved. Ford said that under those conditions, he approved in advance the solicitation efforts of his assistant, Allen W. Merrell, who at the time was a member 01 the Republican National Finance Corn- Helped Democrats Ford said he never learned which dealers did or did not contribute, though he understands that many did and that the total amount was substantial. "I also know." he added, "that I a large group of our dealers are, staunch Democrats and I haves heard that they contributed gen- eorusly to the campaign of Democrat candidates." Ford said the Ford Motor Co., as such, would not support the political candidacy of any person, financially or otherwise. "But what any employe of the company does in his own behalf and acting- as a private citi- •zen," Ford added, "is another matter and one of his own concern." Milton Ratner, a Chicago Ford dealer until he lost his franchise last year, told the subcommittee Feb. 23 another dealer asked him 10 give $1,000 to the Eisenhower campaign. He said he was told "the office of Henry Ford" wanted $50,000 for the purpose from Chicago dealers." Didn't Contribute Ratner said he did not contribute, but "as far as I know." he was one of only two dealers in the city who did not. Ford did not mention Ratner by n-me nor refer directly to bisi testimony, but he volunteered the! statement that "I did not—nor did anyone else in Ford Motor Co. to my knowledge—exert any pressure, directly or indirectly, on our dealers to support 'either of the presidential candidates in the last election." Ford opposed any legislation to regulate contracts between manufacturers and dealers, as has been proposed by some earleir witnesses. He said it would involve "unnecessary controls or artificial limitations." Supported Ike Ford said ne personally supported Eisenhower. The subcommittee, headed by Sen. Monroney (D-Ok!a), is investigating automobile marketing practices and it was with that subject that most of Ford's testimony dealt. "We have continually lea our industry," he testified ,"in the de- y's World Mission Is Told ST. 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