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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Nixon received political bonus from national security By JOHN M. CREWDSON New York Times Service WASHINGTON At least one of the 17 wiretaps authorized by President Nixon for "national security" reasons provided the White House with political intellegence about the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, according to sources who have seen written summaries of the overheard conversations. The reports containing references to Muskie were reportedly prepared in late 1970 and early 1971 by federal agents monitoring a wiretap on the home telephone of Morton H. Halperin, a former national security council official who joined the Muskie Campaign ,after leaving the government in April, 1970. The dislosures came as Halperin won from a federal district judge Friday an order to the Nixon administration that it turn over to him the records of the wire tap, which ran from May, 1969, until February, 1971. Justice department sources have said that information entirely unrelated to national' security flowed into the White House from some of the 17 wiretaps. But the information relating to Muskie was the first indication that some details of his campaign planning were in the hands of high white House operatives long before the presidential primaries in which the senator was a target of political espionage and sabotage. Neither the sources nor FBI documents made it clear to what use, if any, the White House may have' put the information on the Muskie campaign supplied by the wiretap. Meanwhile, the tally of government spending associated with President Nixon's private estates in California and Florida is likely to be even higher than the million reported Thursday by the House government activities subcommittee, officials on Capitol Hill said Friday. The report, approved by the subcommittee Thursday over the strong objections of its Republican minority, asserted that personnel costs added million to the total of million previously reported as the total government expenditures on security and support for President Nixon in and around his private residences in San Clemente and Key Biscayne, The White House Friday attacked the report as distorted and misleading although it did not dispute the million figure. In fact, according to the Capitol Hill officials, investigations now being conducted by two other Congressional committees are producing evidence that may show that the total spending related to the president's use of his private estates is higher than the million. One matter being probed is the "Special Projects Fund" of million appropriated each year for the White House and used by the president at his own discretion. At least one of the Congressional comittees is reportedly gathering material that allegedly indicates that some of this fund was used to defray expenses incurred at the president's private residences. The White House has declines to disclose how the special fund has been used. (See earlier story on Page 28) The LetHbridge Herald Budget in pictures PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME ACCOUNT x REVENUES BY MAJOR SOURCE 1974-75 VOL. LXVII 85 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1974 15 Cents 76 Pages Miniely heralds 'new financial era9 for Alberta Spending up 21 per cent UTILITY AND TRADING PROFITS (4.9) OTHER REVENUES (6.0) GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (IS 7) OTHER FEES AND LICENSES (3.9) Budget at a glance EDMONTON (CP) Highlights of the 1974-75 Alberta budget presented Friday night by Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely: Reductions of five cents a gallon in costs and taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel and farm fuel and heating oil to partially offset expected price increases. Record budget forecasting billion in spending with no increase in provincial taxes. Over-all surplus of million forecast the first since 1965-66. Royalties on petroleum products expected to yield million, not including additional oil royalty revenues anticipated from crude oil prices increase and taxes expected to go into effect next month. A rebate plan announced for Alberta natural gas users, retroactive to Jan. I. Fifteen-per-cent increase in municipal grants to million recommended. Special assistance of million to Edmonton and Calgary announced, including _ million for' urban transportation. Wholesale bread price up 2 cents Me Gavin Toastmaster Ltd. of Lethbridge said Friday its wholesale price of a 20-ounce loaf of bread will increase two cents Monday but city retailers have no immediate plans to pass the increase onto the consumer. R. F. Tunbridge. manager of McGavins. says the two cents will represent an increase of about per cent at the wholesale level. The increase is to cover higher ingredient, labor and distribution costs. Spokesmen for Safeway and L-Mart and IGA say they have not received any notice of price increases so prices will remain stable for the time being. Safeway and L-Mart get most of their bread supply from Calgary. A loaf of McGavins bread now costs 33 cents at Safeway. Lakeview Bakery, one of the larger bread retailers in tethbridge. has also announced it will increase its bread price. Recites figures Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely in legislature Friday Inside 'Remember when we worried about their hair being too Classified.......34-35 Comics............24 Comment.........4, 5 District............11 Family.........29-32 Local News.....9, 10 Markets....... 25, 26 Religion....... 16, 17 3 Sports..........21-23 Theatres...........13 TV................12 g Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT -5, g HIGH SUN. 25; g MAINLY SUNNY, g COOL g Favorite loses .out By THE CANADIAN PRESS Four from the Toronto 1115.000 today with Irish Sweepstake tickets on longshot Quizair which captured the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster, Eng- land. Six Canadians, including four from Ontario, won on second-place Somersway and nine won on third- place Anak Malaysia. Police say princess shadowed several days Chinese acknowledge seizure TOKYO