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(Time magazine used the word Billygate almost three years before the term appeared in the media as a label for charges that the Libyans had been granted favors in exchange for a
*In the scandal that became known as Billygate, President Carter’s brother, Billy, registered as a Libyan agent and accepted $220,000 from Libya, thereby precipitating a congressional investigation.
The "Billygate" operation did not come from SISMI's institutionally mandated task, and for that reason Judge Sica brought charges of pursuing private interests through official activities. "
It seems that the organizers got a huge payoff for "Billygate."
There was Billygate, there was the General Services Administration scandal, which is less remembered now, but in which there must have been 100 people who were indicted and convicted or pled guilty to various kinds of petty corruption.
This led to a Senate hearing over alleged influence peddling which some in the press dubbed "Billygate."
She described how “source words” like Watergate get splintered, with a portion becoming a combining form, from Carter’s Billygate to Reagan’s Irangate to Clinton’s Monicagate.
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