The Other Shame Of Bob Packwood

The diaries of Senator Bob Packwood show that his political life was as sleazy as his private one. The documents are a sad chronicle of abuse of power and a misbegotten mix of campaign contributions and special tax legislation. If this scandalous kind of influence-peddling is typical of Washington behavior (as Friends in High Places, the latest book on insider Clark M. Clifford, tells us it is), then lobbying and campaign-finance reforms must come at once.

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