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Tuesday, September 18, 1S34
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 84 No. 17
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By Kevin Dcan
Dally KetixiJua CiaflTrtter
The campaign for republican senator
ial candidate Nancy Koch ha3 reached its
limit on the amount of money that can be
contributed from the national committee
to an individual campaign.
Yet, the funds keep coming in.
The Federal Election Commission sets
a limit on the amount of money that can
be contributed from the national com
mittee to individual campaigns.
But in order to channel unlimited funds
into campaigns, Hitch Daniels, director ,
of the National Republican Senatorial
Committee, is using"conduit giving" to
maintain the supply of money to state
Danleb is encouraging regular donors
to vrite checks directly to candidates, as
opposed to donating to the National
Barry Kennedy, campaign manager for
Nancy Hoch, said some conduit contribu
tions have been received, but he did not
have an exact dollar figure.
Kennedy said some of the contribu
tions arrived shortly after Hoch's ap
pearances at the National Convention in
According to a Sept. 13 Wall Street
Journal article, the senatorial committee
also uses another-"loophole" which has
poured nearly $1 million into state Senate
races for "party building" purposes.
Nebraska Republican Committee Chair
man Kermit Brashear said it is wrong to
characterize conduit contributions as a
"If a law doesn't prohibit something, it
is not a loophole," Brashear said.
Brashear said transfers are used for
party building and not for individual
campaigns. He said party building in
cludes buying computer services, compu
ter hardware and publications for repub
licans. Brashear said computers would be used
to list donors, volunteers and registered
voters in the state.
Dave Newell, chairman of the Nebraska
Democratic Committee, said that con
duit contributions defeat the purpose of
the law set by the election committee.
Newell said loophole spending, "clearly
violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the
Democratic National Chairman Cha
rles Manatt told the Omaha World-Herald
Sept. 13 that the fund transfers are ques
tionable. He cited Nebraska as one of
seven states where funds have been used
to directly influence the outcome of U.S.
Kathie Smith, spokeswoman for the
Democratic National Comm ee, said the
Nebraska Republican Central Committee
did not report a $25,000 transfer from
the National Committee to the Federal
Election Committee June 28.
But Kermit Brashear, speaking on be
half of the State Committee, said he does
not think the allegation is true.
"To my knowledge we have missed no
reporting deadlines," Brashear said.
Mark DavsDa'iy Nebrstkan
Famous Amos, choc&Lita chip cooSd magnate.
'Famous' Amos fights
illiteracy in Lincoln
By Lisa Nutting
Daily Netrsskasi SlafTWrlter
In March, 1975, Waily Amos
opened the first chocolate chip
cookie store in Hollywood, CA.
And now, nearly 10 years later,
his cookies are still hot.
He's known as Wally 'Famous'-Amos
and he's doing
more than selling cookies
he's promoting the fight against
illiteracy. Amos was awarded
"Admiralship in the Nebraska
Navy" Monday for his devotion
to the Literacy Volunteers of
America The award was pres
ented at the Folsom Children's
Zoo by Gov. Bob Kerrey.
Amos lives in Honolulu, Ha
waii, but spends the majority
of the year traveling and pro
moting Louis SherryFamous
Amos Chocolate Chip .Cookie
Ice Cream and the fight againt
"IVe traveled all over the
United States in an effort to
bring attention to the problem
(illiteracy)," Amos said.
Amos said his work is most
gratifying, "because there is no
denying the need to read it's
vital to one's survival."
There are 26 million func
tional illiterates in the United
States, Amos said. And accord
ing to the Lincoln Literacy
Council, approximately 15 to
17 percent of adults in Lan
caster County are illiterate.
Amos said he gets a great
sense of satisfaction from his
work, because while promot
ing his product, he is able to
help people at the same time.
"It's a way for me to do
something constructive," he
said. "I wanted to be famous
for more than just cookies. I
wanted to give something back."
And so he does. Amos do
nates 1 percent of his 3.5 per
cent royalty from the sale of
Louis SherryFamous Amos
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice
Cream to the National Liter
acy Council. During the month
of October, 1 0 cents from every
unit of ice cream sold in Lin
coln will be donated to the
Lincoln Literacy Association.
There is a message on each
package of ice cream which
tells about Famous Amos,
Sherry Ice Cream and the ef
forts for literacy, Amos said.
"I've spoken to millions,"
Amoa said. "I have since 79.
Hie best thing is IVe been able
to make a cHiTererice."
eciera,! grand jury in Omaha
By Brad Kuhn
Daily Nebraska! Senior Editor
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick
Murphy of Denver announced
Monday that the federal grand
jury in Omaha will not indict
Nebraska Attorney General Paul
" According to an article in the
-eptri7 Lincoln Journal, Murphy '
announced thst the 10-month
investigation of Douglas has been
closed and no indictments against
Douglas were given to jurors. Ac
cording to the Journal article,
Murphy said investigators thought
that after the Nebraska Supreme
Court impeachment trial and sub
sequent Lancaster County grand
jury indictment of Douglas, fed
eral charges on the same events
would be a duplication of effort.
Douglas' attorney, William Mor
row of Omaha said the decision
'will allow him to spend more time
building his case for Douglas' trial
in Lancaster County, scheduled
for Nov. 26.
Morrow said he plans to con
tinue to attack the charges against
Douglas on the grounds that
Morrow said his strategy in this
case will be to prove that the
Lancaster County grand jury was
premature in its decision to indict
Douglas and that: "They don't
know what they are talking about"
Douglas faces charges of perjury
and obstruction of justice related
to his business and personal deal
ings with Commonwealth Savings
Co. Vice President Marvin Copple.
Continued on Page 7
Candidate 's gender has little effect
on voter opinion, researchers say
By Gah Y. Hney
Daily Netinss&an Senior Reporter
A candidate's gender has little
effect on voter opinion; conse
quently, the nomination of Ger
aldine Ferraro may have little im
pact on the outcome of this year's
presidential race, a UNL research
Susan Welch, chairman of the
UNL political science depart
ment, said voters generally do
not make distinctions based on a
Voters are as likely to vote for
women candidates as they would
for men, she said.
Welch said she bases her con
clusions on data she and Margery
Abrosius, a political science doc
toral candidate, collected from
Welch and Abrosius studied
the response of voters to both
men and women candidates in
each state's legislative race.
To study the gender impact,
the researchers analyzed infor
mation on 5,000 candidates be
tween 1970 and 1980 in Nebraska,
Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wyom
ing and New Mexico.
"We found that in 1970, there
seemed to be a definite discrimi
nation against women candidates,"
Since then, women and men
have done almost identically well,
When it comes to voting, men
and women generally vote the
same, Welch said.
Rather than differing in issues
concerning gender, men and
women tend to vote along party
lines, she said. Women tend to
view themselves as liberals or
democrats, Welch said. Conse
quently, most will support govern
ment social programs and oppose
foreign and domestic policies.
The tendency to view them
selves as democrats can be traced
to the nation's economic state,
Welch said. About 25 percent of
the white women who are single
heads of households have incomes
that fall below the poverty line,
she said. Additionally, about 50
percent of all black and Hispanic
women household heads are below
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