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not see anything wrong with spending
thousands of dollars advertising for the
"Private lawyers are not allowed to
advertise," Morrison said, "so why should
the lawyer for the public be allowed to
Morrison said his name is better known
than the name of Douglas.
"A young lawyer coming into a firm is not
as well-known as his senior partners,"
Morrison said, "but that doesn't mean he can
advertise for clients."
Morrison said he is concerned that
Dougla's is spending up to $50,000 in his
effort to defeat him. Morrison is spending
"Never before," Morrison said, "has that
amount of money been spent, and it could
have serious consequences." He said he is
worried that Douglas will feel obligated to be
easy on people who have contributed to his
'In the race'
"The only reason I have spent any money
at all," Morrison said, "is to let people know
that I am in the race.
"My first act in office would be to ask the
Legislature to make the office non-partisan,"
Then, he said, he would organize a
stronger consumer protection and anti-trust
Morrison said he has appointed competent
deputies and that he would work closely with
the U.S. Justice Department, county
attorneys, citizens and businesses to
"protect the public from unfair and illegal
competition and fraudulent exploitation."
He said he would appoint persons to work
in the area of white collar crimes and crimes
where property is concerned.
Because the attorney general can rule on
questions of anti-trust legislation, Morrison
said it is essential the attorney general and
his deputies not be involved in private
Douglas says the role of attorney general
is "overseeing and coordinating the
consumer protection activities of various
agencies, and assuming responsibility for
areas not falling under the jurisdiction of
some other authority."
The guidelines Douglas would follow in
determining whether, as attorney general, he
would initiate prosecution in consumer'
protection and anti-trust actions are:
"I would first determine if a crime has been
committed, then decide whether I have
sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.
The severity and complexity of the problem
would be a guide line as to the initiating of
an investigation by the attorney general's
Name recognition has been a problem,
Running against a former governor is
difficult, he said, and that is why he has
spent almost $50,000 in his campaign.
Douglas said the only reason he has spent
so much money is because Morrison is
well-known. "I bet Nebraska is the only state
where a former governor is running for
attorney general," Douglas said.
He denies Morrison's charges that he may
find himself beholden to special interest
groups if elected. "What's the difference if I
get $100 contributions from 500 people and
he gets $100 from 100?" Douglas asked. "I
would in no way feel obligated to anyone
who had contributed to my campaign," he
Douglas said the attorney general should
not sit on the Board of Pardons. "It is now
part of the Nebraska constitution, but I
would like to see it changed. It seems like
he's sitting on both sides of the fence. He
files the appeals, and after he has been doing
battle with someone, they come to him for
pardon," he added.
But Douglas $ar$ he is satisfied with the
sentencing process. "I don't think sentences
have been inadequately handled."
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administrative affairs-in an attempt to "pull
together like activities," Marve said.
An appropriations subcommittee, at Marvel s
request, is conducting hearings on the lease of
an Omaha building to the State Department oi
Labor. The building was leased by Jado
Investment Co., of which Michael Jackson, a
1970 Exon campaign worker, is part owner.
According to Marvel, the hearing was held
because no other competitive bids were taken
on the building. The bid for a 15-year lease was
approved by Exon. l .
"What the subcommittee is charged with is
seeing how these leases are granted,"
according to Marvel. He said he would favor
mandatory competitive bidding for such leases,
The Omaha lease incident is only one
example of political cover-ups in the Exon
administration, Marvel said. Another example
is the Governor's Commission on the Status of
Women, of which 28 of its 31 members are
Democrats, according to Marvel.
According to October committee reports filed
with the secretary of state's office,
expenditures of the Democrat and Republican
gubernatorial candidates in the primaries and
thus far in the general campaign are: Exon
Whelan primary: $67,711.56; general:
$45,256.31; Marvel-Primary: $12,745.18; gen
eral: (Marvel-Batchelder) $64,424.68.
The Independent gubernatorial candidate,
State Sen. Ernest Chambers, has four per cent
of voter support, according to the September
poll. Marvel said, however, he considers
Chambers a serious contender who could draw
votes from Exon.
The state Republican party originally pledged
$50,000, he said, but only $10,000 has been
"There are more contributions," Marvel
explained, "but people are contributing less
because of the economic situation and the
downgrading of politics."
"With the constant bombardment of
problems that have corns out, of .Washington,
D.C., people get turned off by the whole
system," he said.
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