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Chavez family's fundraising scrutinized

Linda Chavez, Bush's failed nominee for Labor Secretary, and members of her immediate family control political action committees and non-profit political foundations with names like the Republican Issues Committee, the Latino Alliance, Stop Union Political Abuse and the Pro-Life Campaign Committee, which quietly raised more than $24.5 million from January 2003 to December 2006. Matthew Mosk of The Washington Post reports that, as little as one percent of the PAC money was passed on to politicians or independent political activity. Most of the money, solicited from small donors via telemarketing and direct mail campaigns, went to fundraising costs; the organizations also paid overhead expenses and salaries for Chavez family members.

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