Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 3
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 3

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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3.4 : July 11, 1976 · Sunday Gaxette-Mail - Charleston, W«t Vlrglnli --..^ Charleston, W«t Vlrglnli · Rockefeller Spent $45,000 in Logan From Page One ' "And perhaps never?" Rockefeller's press secretary, Scott Widmeyer, was asked. "Perhaps never," Widmeyer replied. HOYER, HOWEVER, answered all but one minor question asked him during a- two-hour tape recorded interview and subsequent shorter ones. He freely supplied information requested from the Rockefeller files. Included in that information was a listing of all personal contributions given to candidates by Rockefeller, his wife, Hoyer and other top aides in the Rockefeller organization. When asked why Rockefeller's giving to local candidates hadn't previously been made public, Hoyer replied, "No one · asked." , The list provided by Hoyer confirmed contributions already uncovered in county records during [he investigation but not previously published. No indication was given to Hoyer that the contributions had been uncovered during the course of the Rockefeller campaign inquiry. Hoyer wasn't told that the investigation had been limited to six of West Virginia's 55 counties. Those were Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Lincoln, Raleigh and Harrison. Particular emphasis was given to Logan County, long known for its infamous elec- . tion activities and where five top county officials were convicted in federal court on 1970 election fraud charges. In no instance, despite recurrent rumors, did the investigation turn up documented evidence of Rockefeller spending in any of those counties beyond what was reported on public record filed somewhere by the candidate, his committees and those other candidates to whom he gave money. Indeed, the evidence indicates that the Rockefeller campaign probabably fulfilled its repeated pledge that all that the candidate and his committees spent in winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination would be publicly reported, however disjoined that reporting process might sometimes have been. WHAT THE investigation did disclose, however, is that Rockefeller's reported $1.7 million primary election campaign apparently was far in excess of what previous Democratic primary election gubernatorial campaigns cost, and produced a highly efficient, technically near-perfect organization. It disclosed that cost was no apparent barrier to the Rockefeller organizational effort which, in essence, paid nearly the total bill for what local political campaigns had cost in previous elections in those counties where Democratic factions traditionally compete with slates of candidates. The effect of this financing of county organizations was to leave the local candidates running on a Rockefeller slate free to additionally spend, if they wished, what they were accustomed to spending in past years-thus nearly doubling what these organizations had spent before in supporting a gubernatorial candidate. + AND THE investigation disclosed that in many respects the 1 conduct of the electoral process in Southern West Virginia is little different from its unsavory past. There is evidence that votes were bought, that large sums were paid to influential precinct voters or those with sizable families to drive others, or only their relatives, to the polls, and that an inordinate number of community residents were hired at significant amounts to work around the polling place on behalf of a candidate on election day. While local supporters of both Rockefeller and Sprouse accused their opposites of spending more than they did, the evidence seems to clearly indicate that Rockefeller financially and organizationally overwhelmed his opposition. In those counties investigated, the evidence appears to indicate Rockefeller field- U.S. Newsman Paul Berry of television station WMAL said attorney Bill Wilson confirmed the executions in a telephone call to Angola. The reporter said Wilson told him he talked with an Angolan intelligence officer who had escorted his during the recent trial and was told that the executions took place Friday night. At "the Gearhart home in Kensington, reporter Berry described Gearhart's wife Sheila as "crying, upset, exhausted" after Wilson's telephone call to Angola. American news reporters had been permitted to enter Angola to cover the trial of the mercenaries, but then were forced to leave. Besides the 34-year-old Gearhart, the men condemned were Cypriot-born Costas Georgiou, 25, known as "Col. Callan;" Andrew McKenzie, 26 and John Derek Barker, 30. « Washington officials said earlier Saturday they had heard unofficial reports that the four men had been executed but had been unable to confirm them. Neto confirmed the death sentences Friday, despite appeals by Queen Elizabeth II and other international figures. President Ford said he was shocked to learn of Neto's decision and said the penalty was unwarranted by international law. Britain had appealed to Angola "in the name of humanity" Saturday to spare the lives of the four mercenaries. A statement from Prime Minister James Callaghan said the British government has made "very clear" its strong disapproval of the recruitment and service of the men as mercenaries in Angola. But it added that Britain "does not accept that it has been established that being a mercenary is a crime having a basis in international law. "Her majesty's government therefore urges the .government of the People's Republic of Angola to give full weight to this consideration and in the name of humanity not to carry out extreme penalties." ed a well-paid election day organization in every precinct while Sprouse did not. No concentrated effort was made, however, to delve into Sprouse's campaign financing or organization, so the information concerning his spending is minimal. Among the remaining six Democratic, gubernatorial candidates competing in the primary, only Charleston Mayor John Hutchinson appeared to also have an or- Sunday Gazette-Mail Entered as second doss matter at the Post Office at Charleston, W. Vo., under the act of March 3, 1897. Independent newspaper published each Sunday morning by the Daily Gazette Company and Daily Moil Publishing Co., a subsidiary of Clay Communications, Inc., in Charleston, W. Va. 25330. 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