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    14—The Daily Collegian Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1986
Oil industry aids Clinger
Collegian Staff Writer
A survey on campaign contribu
tions from oil and gas industry politi
cal action committees released
yesterday by the Pennsylvania Pub
lic Interest Coalition said Republican
incumbent William F. Clinger has
received more oil PAC money than
all but one Congressional candidate
in non-oil areas.
A 75 percent approval rating on
Clinger's votes on oil-related issues
by the Petroleum Producers’ Asso
ciation of America and an analysis of
five key issues by local groups show
that Clinger leans toward the oil
companies, said Ed Rothschild, asso
ciate director of the Citizen/Labor
Energy Coalition, Penn PlC’s parent
“I believe oil and gds companies
have made these contributions know
ing they have a friend in Congress,”
Rothschild said.
Jim Clark, campaign manager for
Clinger, said contributions from oil
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Although it is difficult to assess
whether the amount of discussion of
issues as opposed to personal atacks
is greater this year than the past,
Eisenstein said “it’s my suspicion
that this year is not very different
from other years when there are
competitive campaigns.”
In 1982, he said, when there was
“virtually no serious opposition” to
U.S. Rep. William Clinger, his cam
paign was almost invisible.
But because Clinger’s opponent this
year in the central Pennsylvania
race, William Wachob, came within
almost 6,000 votes of defeating the
Republican congressman in 1984, the
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and gas PACs were a result of votes
supporting local oil concerns that
employ more than 10,000 people in the
The contributions comprise less
than 6 percent of total donations to
the Clinger campaign, Clark said.
Penn PIC spokesman Jack
Stollsteimer said oil producer PACs
donated about $33,000 to the Clinger
campaign. Of Congressmen outside
major oil-producing states, only Sam
Gibbons, a Florida Democrat, has
received more in PAC money,
Stollsteimer said.
“It’s important because this money
comes from a single source instead of
being spread out over individual con
tributors,” Rothschild said. “It has
an enormous effect; you can see it in
his voting.
“There’s a clear correlation be
tween money received from oil and
gas contributions and votes in Con
gress,” Rothschild said.
Clinger has received the majority
of his campaign funds from individu
al contributors, Clark said. “Those
congressman has initiated a much
publicized campaign complete
with mudslinging on both sides.
Wachob, former Democratic state
representative, accused Clinger of
being bought by big oil companies,
while Clinger charged that Wachob is
“soft on child molesters.”
But there seems to be some recog
nition on the part of the gubernatorial
candidates that this political
mudslinging may have gone too far.
Last week Scranton, declaring that
the gubernatorial race had turned
into a “back-alley brawl,” vowed to
stop running negative campaign com
“I am convinced that such tactics
are the people we really work for.”
The group compiled a list of Cling
er’s votes on “key” oil- and gas-re
lated issues.
The list said Clinger opposed a tax
reform bill that would have elimi
nated oil industry tax breaks, sup
ported an exemption for oil
companies to the windfall profits tax
and opposed a Superfund-toxic-waste
bill amendment that “would have
made oil.. . companies pay their fair
Clark said Clinger’s decisions were
“geared toward independent and
small producers” an 9 a means of
keeping district people working.
One vote, allowing advance con
sumer billing as a means of paying
for construction on the Alaska pipe
line, was later deemed a mistake,
Clark said. But it was overwhelming
ly supported at the time because of
“concern at the time over depen
dence on foreign oil,” he said.
Clark said he was not surprised by
the poor rating given Clinger by Penn
PIC. “We don’t agree with Penn PIC
very often.”
serve no public purpose,” Scranton
said. “There is too much at stake to
decide this election on the basis of
who can more cleverly or deceptively
detract from their opponent.”
But Redenius, saying it’s a ploy, is
skeptical of Scranton’s commitment
to detailing the issues.
“Scranton is now saying he’s going
to rise above the mere political na
ture of the contest and adopt a states
man-like view of what politicans
should be about,” Redenius said.
“He says he’s going to stop the
mudslinging and talk about the is
sues, but two weeks before the elec
tion is hardly the time to begin
discussing the issues.”
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Paradox spawns writer's art
Collegian Arts Writer
Kurt Vonnegut has defined a
writer as "someone who makes his
living with his mental disease.”
And another writer, Lorrie
Moore, in a New York Times re
-view —of' Vonnegut’s latest book,
Galapagos, defined Vonnegut as
"that paradoxical guy who goes to
church both to pray fervently and
to blow loud, snappy gum bubbles
at the choir.”
Vonnegut’s discussions yester
day in an American studies class
and also a press conference last
night revealed that the truth about
him probably combines a little bit
of both of these sentiments.
He is a man who is famous for his
outlandish writing, which simulta
neously jeers at humanity and
probes it deeply.
Galapagos is a madcap trip
through time 1 million years in the
future. The remnants of humanity
on the small island of Galapagos
have de-evolved from “big brains”
who make bombs to helpless crea
tures with flippers and beaks.
The book is a wry look at the very
island that Charles Darwin visited
in 1835 to develop his theory of
natural selection.
Vonnegut’s own evolution as a
writer began in Indianapolis, Ind.,
where he was editor of his high
school’s daily paper, The Echo.
“I wrote for the thugs in the high
school I went to,” Vonnegut said.
“They let me know when what I
had written was dumb or whatev
er, so I got immediate feedback
from a general audience.”
Later, he found his high school
background made it a “cinch to
join the Cornell Sun,” Cornell Uni
versity’s daily morning paper.
s governo
Kurt Vonnegut
After studying biochemistry at
Cornell for three years, he joined
the U.S. Army in 1942 and was
captured by the Germans two
years later. He narrowly escaped
the bombing of Dresden by both
American and Allied planes. Ironi
cally, Vonnegut survived the larg
est single massacre in European
history by being locked in a meat
cooler with his six guards and
dozens of meat carcasses.
Herman tospeak
to senior citizens
State Hep. Lynn B. Herman, R-
Philipsburg, will address a group of
senior citizens at a luncheon meet*
Small Business Plays Key Role
Life experiences such as Dres
den have spurred many a Vonnegut
novel. Although it took him almost
25 years, Vonnegut was finally able
to translate his haunting memories
of Dresden into his best selling
novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The
book and subsequent movie, ex
panded the audience he won with
his 1959 novel, Sirens of Titan
(which sold 200,000 copies) and his
1963 work Cat’s Cradle.
Vonnegut’s first novel, Piano
Player (1952), was inspired by his
work as public relations man for
General Electric. The book was
about the coming of technology and
its threat to humanity.
“I wanted to tell the story of
automation,” Vonnegut said. “I
took the standard plot of 1984, of
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
It was an ideal plot to use for a
failed utopia.”
As a writer, he got his start
creating short stories for Saturday
Evening Post, Ladies Home Jour
nal and other magazines.
Sixteen books later, he’s able to
give lectures on “How To Get A Job
Like Mine.”
“Every speech I ever gave was
called that and I talk about whatev
er I want anyway and no one ever
complains,” he said jokingly.
Vonnegut expressed a few ideas
about up-and-coming authors.
“There are no precocious writers
or very damn few of them because
experience matters,” he said. “No
matter how marvelous a person
may be with the language, a person
has to feel. He’s got to gather more
information about love and fighting
and all that.”
After 35 years of writing, Vonne
gut should know.
PSU gets
Citizens for Lynn Herman Committee