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CAMPAIGN ’88 : PUSH to Settle Claims

<i> From Associated Press</i>

The Justice Department said Friday that the PUSH-Excel program founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson will pay the government $550,000 to settle more than $1 million in claims arising from federal grants and contracts awarded by the departments of Labor and Education.

Government audits indicated that some expenditures of Chicago-based Push for Excellence Inc. either did not comply with terms of the contracts and grants or were not properly documented, the Justice Department said in a statement.

The program will pay $100,000 initially, with the remainder to be paid in quarterly installments over a five-year period.

The contracts and grants were awarded to the organization in the late 1970s and early 1980s to finance programs designed to assist minority children.

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The Labor Department had made a claim against Push for Excellence Inc. for $434,600, plus $54,100 in interest, as of 1985.

The Education Department had asserted a claim of $671,300, plus $61,800 in interest, as of June, 1987.

Jackson, asked about the settlement Friday as he campaigned on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis, said: “I’m sure the organization will comply.” He said he had not been aware of the settlement and pointed out that he is no longer on PUSH-Excel’s board.


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