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HALE: THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 31. WAS INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE AMOUNT OF $508. YOU STATE THAT YOU ARE SURE THAT ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE RELEVANT FACTS WOULD BEAR OUT THE COMMITTEE'S CONCLUSION THAT BOTH THE COMMITTEE AND CONGRESS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE FUNDS AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED WOULD BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ENTIRE ICE ARENA COMPLEX. OUR CONCLUSION WAS BASED UPON THE STATUTORY LANGUAGE INVOLVED AND THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY UNDERLYING THE STATUTES. THIS WAS DISCUSSED IN DETAIL IN OUR LETTER OF MAY 27 TO YOU. IN VIEW OF THE THOROUGHNESS IN WHICH THIS MATTER HAS BEEN REVIEWED IT IS DIFFICULT TO PERCEIVE THAT ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AS SUGGESTED BY YOU WOULD SERVE ANY USEFUL PURPOSE.

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B-135232, DEC. 17, 1963

TO MR. PRENTIS C. HALE:

THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 31, 1963, IN RESPONSE TO OUR LETTER OF MAY 27, 1963, IN WHICH WE SUSTAINED THE CONCLUSION STATED IN OUR LETTER OF APRIL 2, 1962, THAT THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, VIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES, SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. 1960, INC.,WAS INDEBTED TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE AMOUNT OF $508,594 REPRESENTING FEDERAL FUNDS ADVANCED FOR CONSTRUCTING A PERMANENT SPORTS ARENA BUT USED BY THE COMMITTEE TO COVER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO TEMPORARY PRACTICE ICE RINKS AND A SPEED SKATING OVAL.

IN YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 31, YOU STATE THAT YOU ARE SURE THAT ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE RELEVANT FACTS WOULD BEAR OUT THE COMMITTEE'S CONCLUSION THAT BOTH THE COMMITTEE AND CONGRESS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE FUNDS AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED WOULD BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ENTIRE ICE ARENA COMPLEX, INCLUDING THE TEMPORARY RINK AND THE NECESSARY REFRIGERATION UNIT. YOU POINT OUT HOWEVER, THAT THE COMMITTEE'S LIMITED FINANCES, CONSISTING OF A BANK ACCOUNT OF APPROXIMATELY $3,000 MAKE THE NECESSARY INVESTIGATION IMPOSSIBLE. THE INDEBTEDNESS OF THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED BY OUR OFFICE, AND OUR CONCLUSION WAS BASED UPON THE STATUTORY LANGUAGE INVOLVED AND THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY UNDERLYING THE STATUTES. THIS WAS DISCUSSED IN DETAIL IN OUR LETTER OF MAY 27 TO YOU.

IN VIEW OF THE THOROUGHNESS IN WHICH THIS MATTER HAS BEEN REVIEWED IT IS DIFFICULT TO PERCEIVE THAT ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AS SUGGESTED BY YOU WOULD SERVE ANY USEFUL PURPOSE. IN ANY EVENT THE STATEMENT THAT THE LIMITED FINANCES OF THE COMMITTEE PREVENTS SUCH FURTHER DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT AFFECT THE LIABILITY OF THE COMMITTEE FOR ITS INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE THEREFORE RESTATING OUR DEMAND FOR PAYMENT OF THIS INDEBTEDNESS, AND REQUEST THAT THE BALANCE OF THE COMMITTEE FUNDS PRESENTLY ON HAND (APPROXIMATELY $3,000) BE FORWARDED TO THIS OFFICE IN PARTIAL LIQUIDATION OF THE INDEBTEDNESS.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION THERE IS ENCLOSED A COPY OF OUR LETTER OF TODAY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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