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Resource ID: #18473
Subject: Money And Politics
Source: New Republic
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Date: 7-Apr

Description

A New Republic investigation reveals that congressmen often violate fund-raising rules. Many have solicited contributions from their offices in possible violation of a federal law, and others have found loopholes to reimburse aides and Congress staffers for helping with campaigns, the story finds. The Federal Election Commission - the formal mechanism to stop all that - has been practically disemboweled through rules and laws adopted by the Congress it is supposed to regulate. The article points out that, as of 1997, there were at least eight members of Congress who might have been party to breaking the law in their fund-raising efforts. "After they are properly investigated, maybe we can go after the ones who do it legally," the reporter concludes.

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