Opinion as to Whether a Telegram Was Sent With the Intent of Influencing Congress

B-93353: Sep 28, 1962

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GAO was asked to review a telegram which Congress received from the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. GAO was asked its opinion on whether the telegram was sent for the purpose of influencing members of Congress and whether sending the telegram violated any federal statute.

GAO found that the telegram did not appear to be directed to each member of Congress soliciting support for legislation pending and could be construed as publicity or propaganda in the ordinary sense in which these words were used.