Campaign Controls

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Prospect for Revision of Election Laws

Revision of the federal laws on corrupt practices in political campaigns, proposed after virtually every national election and then allowed to slip out of sight, may finally be achieved in advance of the 1956 presidential canvass. President Eisenhower's veto of the natural gas bill on Feb. 17, and the circumstances that brought it about, spurred the Senate's majority and minority leaders to join in support of far-reaching amendments to the Corrupt Practices Act of 1925. The bill carrying the amendments, introduced on Feb. 28 by Sens. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex.) and William F. Knowland (R-Cal.), has no fewer than 83 additional senators as co-sponsors. It is expected to be brought up in the Senate shortly for debate and action. ...

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