May 9, 1990 |
Carl R. (Spitz) Channell, a conservative political fund-raiser who became the first person convicted in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. Channell, 44, died Sunday in a Washington hospital of pneumonia related to injuries suffered in a car accident. Former Rep. Dan Kuykendall, a friend of Channell who worked on pro-Contra causes during the time Channell also was involved, said Channell had been undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer and had recovered enough to do consulting work.
May 1, 1987 |
The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday revoked the tax-exempt status of a foundation headed by Carl R. (Spitz) Channell for violating its stated charitable purpose by raising money to provide military aid for the Nicaraguan contras . "Effective immediately the National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty is no longer eligible to receive tax-exempt contributions from the general public," an IRS statement from the Baltimore regional office said.
July 8, 1989 |
A fund-raiser convicted in the Iran-Contra affair was placed on two years of probation Friday for illegally using a tax-exempt foundation to help Oliver L. North raise donations for the Nicaraguan rebels. Carl R. (Spitz) Channell, who pleaded guilty in the early stages of the Iran-Contra investigation and testified against North, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Harris.
July 25, 1987 |
The State Department improperly awarded government contracts to a public relations firm founded by a conservative fund-raiser who was charged in the Iran- contra affair, a report by the department's inspector general showed Friday. The report states that State Department regulations were bypassed or violated in some of the contracts, which totaled $436,000 over 18 months and were awarded to the firm for work in support of the rebels in Nicaragua.
May 14, 1987 |
A conservative American fund-raiser linked to fired White House aide Lt. Col. Oliver L. North asked a prominent Mexican politician to donate $210,000 to fund television ads in favor of U.S.-supported rebels in Nicaragua, U.S. sources said Wednesday. In return, the Mexican's right-wing political party would get at least a nod of recognition from President Reagan for its efforts to wrest power from Mexico's ruling party, the sources said.
May 6, 1987 |
President Reagan said Tuesday that no illegal fund raising was carried out to benefit the Nicaraguan contras "as far as I know," and that he was unaware of any improper efforts by his aides to raise money for the rebels. As the congressional hearings on the Iran-contra affair got under way, the President said: "I hope I'm finally going to hear some of the things I'm still waiting to learn."