A long time ago I met Roger Ailes. It was Monday November 2, 1970. The next day my candidate — conservative James L. Buckley — would be elected United States Senator from New York. More than a week before the end of Jim’s campaign, I had helped raise $300,000 (in 1970 dollars) from Jack Mulcahy, a wealthy confidante of Richard Nixon and Nixon’s “funding solution” to help Jim. As revealed on the “secret” 1972 Watergate tapes — Nixon would call Mulcahy “the most amazing lovable Irishman.”
After using the money to buy availabilities for 30-second television spots, we still had unspent funds. So at the last minute we bought a 30-minute bloc of time for a live election-eve telethon in New York City, also broadcast simultaneously in other New York media markets — notably Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse-Utica, and Albany.