Election 1944: House to open politics probe (8-18-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (August 18, 1944)


House to open politics probe

Washington (UP) –
The House Committee on Campaign Expenditures will open its inquiries Monday into this year’s primaries and probably will include in its report an opinion on CIO political activities, Chairman Clinton P. Anderson (D-NM) said today.

Mr. Anderson said representatives of the CIO Political Action Committee and other groups would be called to testify next week. The CIO was recently given a clean bill of health for its primary election activities by a Senate investigating committee.

While the committee will handle only direct complaints about Congressional campaign expenses, Mr. Anderson expressed the opinion that it would end up with a thorough knowledge of CIO political efforts.

Friends of Rep. Richard Kelberg (D-TX), who was defeated for renomination, have complained that the CIO and others spent up to $130,000 in his district to defeat him. Mr. Anderson indicated that this case will be looked into carefully.

Among groups to appear before the committee besides the CIO are the Democratic and Republican National Committees and the House Congressional Committee of the two parties.