Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

JUST START AGAIN WITH "THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL."

Erle Johnston:

The Citizens' Council was a tremendously influential group from the time that they were organized in 1954, in fact nearly all of the politicians, office holders, legislatures were all members of the Citizens' Council and wanted it shown in their little background information under their photos in the blue book or whatever else book was published about the legislative leaders and state leaders that they were members of the Citizens' Council. And I think that it could show you that in Governor Barnett's administration the very first meeting of the Sovereignty Commission in June 1960, the Citizens' Council asked for and got $25,000 immediately plus $5,000 a month to support their Citizens' Council for which was a kind of an interview type program with conservative senators or representatives or other officials.