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Thursday, July 01, 2004  

The two conservative groups who rallied supporters to help put Ralph Nader on the Oregon ballot may have broken the law.

Melanie Sloan with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government says corporations are not allowed to try to influence an election this way. "Corporations can't make any kind of contribution to political campaigns. You can't just not contribute cash, there's a prohibition on what the FEC calls in-kind contributions."

Sloan says in this case, the phone calls were in-kind contributions, because the two groups paid for the telephone scripts, the places where the calls were made, and the phone bills.

The issue arises because this wasn't a get-out-the-vote campaign, but more like tampering with a primary election. Beyond that, the conservative groups may have had illegal contact with the Bush-Cheney campaign. Big surprise there.

posted by Jeff | 7:35 AM |
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