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proposal. Strangely enough the greatest victims of it were the
non-profits. This at the same time as President Reagan was publicly
making great declarations about how the government should get out of
everything and turn it over to private enterprise and private
philanthropy. So, I did take advantage of my position to write
Nancy Reagan, thanking her for the luncheon that the president and
she had given for the arts medal. He was there and said all the
right things. I added, in my letter--
Give the date of the letter.
April 25, 1985.
--“With all the torrent of events that beset you I hate to ask a
further question. I do know that the president received our
memorandum about the effect of the proposed tax reform on charitable
contributions. In view of the fact that the administration's bill
will be proposed in the near future, it would mean a lot if the
president were to send our memorandum along to Jim Baker. My real
appreciation for all you have done dear honorary chairman,” etcetera.
I attached a memorandum on the impact of Treasury tax proposals on
arts and humanities, which was quite forceful. Somewhat to my
surprise, I shortly thereafter received a note from the White House.
“Dear Andrew. A quick note before leaving for the economic summit.
We just wanted to tell you that your concern about the charitable
contribution has been taken care of. Not to worry. Sincerely,
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