Gulf Money for Arab Propaganda
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Gulf Money for Arab Propaganda

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Congressional investigators probing bribes and other payoffs abroad by companies based in the United States expect the Gulf Oil Corporation’s chairman Bob R. Dorsey, to supply more details on the company’s secret contributions to an Arab fund used to propagandize Americans.

Dorsey testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations which is making the investigation. When the subcommittee sought more information from him on the payments to the Arab fund, Dorsey said he would supply it. Dorsey, who also admitted May 16 to having made illegal political donations in Korea and Bolivia, said his company secretly helped finance an Arab public relations campaign in the U.S.

While claiming he had few details of the pro-Arab “public education” campaign, he said Gulf said $50,000 secretly to it through the First National City Bank in Beirut in 1970. He said he had a general impression the payment was made after a request was made in the Middle East because the Arab viewpoint “was not understood in the United States.”

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