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Lawmaker: Corrupt Politics Figure in Prices folesbujr^ Tuesday, June 12, tffiffij 17 rr _ --uiiii i- i iiriiriiiMriiiiiiniiraiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiBM^^^ijjjsji By MlCSIAiEL J. 00NLON WASHINGTON (UPI) - The nigh prices consumers pay for everything from food to fabric wawungton Window have been blamed on almost everything but corrupt politics. Now comes Rep. Benjamin S. Rosenthal, D-N.Y., a politician ,ttiarketirig himself, who's willing to add" the political system to the list of villains, Specifically, he wants to indict campaign contributions which, in his view, are often little more than legalized bribes. Or, as he told UPI: "The archaic, inefficient food system and Its legislative underpinnings are the villain, but what supports that villain is the other villain of the nefarious political contribution opportunities that exist here In the United States,. Prices Affected "For example, all of this Is developing in the Watergate FREE! 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"FOP example, the McDonald's hamburger chain, at least the president of McDonald's, gave $255,000 to the Nixon campatp. That affected, t think, a Price Commission decision that increased by 4 cents their quarter pound hamburger —that frankly Isn't a quarter of a pound when it's delivered." Rosenthal also claimed the milk industry gave $320,000 to the Nixon re-election effort and won a 2-cent per quart hike in the price of milk; and that $94,000 in contributions from carpet manufacturers "delayed for years the flammability regulations that the Department of Commerce was supposed to implement In support of a law that we passed five years ago." "These kind of nefarious contributions certainly don't help the farmer or the producer, and certainly hurt the consumer. The political system where government decisions are for sale to the highest factors to the whole inefficiency —and that's a soft wwd —fo the whole inefficiency of our marketing system," he. added. 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