Election 1944: Gerald Smith gets campaign gas (10-12-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (October 12, 1944)


Gerald Smith gets campaign gas

Cleveland, Ohio (UP) –
Gerald L. K. Smith, America First leader and the group’s presidential candidate today was granted 633 “extra gallons of gasoline” by the regional OPA office here “to campaign in Michigan.”

The regional OPA, in granting Smith the rations, said that “any political candidate is entitled to extra gasoline for campaigning,” thus overriding a denial of gas rations made by Smith’s local board in Detroit.

The “extra gas” will permit Smith to travel 10,000 miles, but the OPA pointed out that it can be used “only in Michigan” and “only for campaigning for the Presidency.”