Journal E Illusions and Delusions: The Watergate Decade Journal E: The Watergate Decade

Founding Father
Congressional members and aides, Capitol, 1976

Representative Wayne Hays was forced to resign in 1976 in the wake of a sex scandal, and high-level congressmen admitted to receiving illegal donations from Gulf Oil Corporation. The Justice Department launched a major probe into the activities of the South Korean lobby, led by businessman Tongsun Park. The lobby influenced congressmen and government officials through cash and campaign contributions estimated at $500,000 to $1,000,000 annually.

During his presidential campaign, Jimmy Carter pledged "I'll never tell you a lie."

On November 2, 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected president of the United States with 51% of the popular vote. Democrats kept a 61-38 majority in the Senate and a House majority of 292-143.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey