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fact that Lyndon had asked them to meet me in his office probably made them agree a little more quickly. The whole thing took about 15 minutes. They were new in the Senate and they probably owed their appointments to the Appropriations Committee at least in part to him. I was very grateful to Lyndon for his help, and as it's always hard to meet and convince a Senator, one doesn't know even though I might have helped his campaign, I was even more grateful. Money contributed is a help but we have had an uphill work on this crusade all along. Money alone doesn't do much. It's just an introduction really.

Q:

Were these men cognisant of the fact that you'd helped them?

Lasker:

McGee was. McGee was the only one I had helped actually and he knew it, but none of the help was so extravagant that it would be overwhelming. After all, they all needed help from individuals anyway and that was one means that I had to getting in touch with people.

Q:

But the help you give is given through the National Committee, isn't it?

Lasker:

No, no, it was given by me as a citizen, out of my own funds, and directly, all out of non-tax deductible funds. I



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